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    Instead of investing in providing a bigger pipe, or fiber to the home, or anything that would improve service for everybody, Shaw has decided to create a new network so their users, and the users of other services who pay protection money, get enhanced service at the expense of others, whose bits are left on the old network.

    And the idea of having to pay the ISP so your bits don't have to sit at the back of the bus (because, hey, the bus goes to the same place anyway) will stifle innovation. Maybe not for Vonage, but what about the new VoIP companies out there who are doing the really great new stuff. Are they going to have to raise even more venture capital?

    Also, do we want every VoIP company and every IPTV company and every website to have to build their own network or pay exhorbitant fees to every ISP so they can compete with the ISP? Of course not! But that's the world your three solutions take us into. The Internet will change from a commons of ideas to an interactive cable network, something like Prodigy or AOL, where users are returned to their status as consumers, not producers, of information.

    People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people

    by The Icelander on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 06:13:58 AM PDT

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