[pp.int.general] Regulation (Amelia Andersdotter)
drahflow at gmx.de
Tue Oct 6 03:13:38 CEST 2009
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erik ernst wrote:
> Amelia Andersdotter wrote:
>> I've argued recently that Swedish conservatives believe competition is a
>> Catch what I' getting at?
> Not sure I understand you correctly, are you saying, that in order for
> the internet to remain neutral, we should ask our politicians to
> regulate it?
> In my opinion, any regulatory filtering, blocking and control of traffic
> [much stuff, all assuming that regulation implies that the contents of communication will be listened to]
> the dark ages of communication from whence we came.
> Anyway, that was a private opinion:)
I share your opinion about the type of "regulation" you have in mind.
However, Amelia most certainly meant regulation as in
"Providers must adhere strictly to net neutrality, in particular they must not automatically or otherwise decide anything based upon
the contents of communication between their users. They shall also not look more deeply into packets then the IP header, and even
then they may only take the technically absolutely necessary decisions like routing."
I seriously hope the final regulations will be better worded than my ad-hoc thingy there, but maybe you get the idea: It's not so much
the internet which is regulated but the provider to the internet. Yes, this takes away some freedoms, for example the freedom to charge
extra for voice-over-ip services. I believe however that ultimately such a regulation will lead to more innovation as large companies
can no longer cripple all services which they dislike (because they cause high bandwidth or because they are services of a competing company).
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