This is big trouble for all of us. it will seriously chill Internet usage and creativity.
If we don't put a stop to this kind of corporate behavior right now, it will get much much worse.
regarding the article
WE ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE... this truly can END the Internet, and return us to the metered usage days of the 1980's when an email cost $.75 to send and each minute cost, as did each byte.
We would never EVER have anything like today's Internet under those restraints. If you want proof, just look at cel phone networks. do you see amazing new technologies like a web coming out of those restricted private networks?
This is why a truly neutral net and a true national information infrastructure plan are vital to the future of our country.
Bush dropped the ball on the Internet II which is thousands of times faster then the regular Internet, as soon as he came into office. 8 years after it was supposed to be deployed, it remains a laboratory and military curiosity, available to a lucky few, just like the original Arpanet was, before the dot com era.
In 1987, the phone companies agreed that if the government were to allow them to raise their phone rates, that they would deploy a full fiber network, to people's homes.
It is 21 years later, and where is the fiber to our homes? still not there, yet the phone companies have taken hundreds of billions of dollars of our money and just ran.
This problem demonstrates just how vital it is that we elect Barack Obama. He stands for R&D, and a real Internet, fully upgraded, and not limited by greedy lazy dinosaur monopolistic cable and telephone companies. He UNDERSTANDS what has to be done.
In contrast, McCain doesn't even know how to use a computer, and he certainly isn't interested in building any kind of Internet that gives voice to the people.