Also read this in popular science, the concept is if you own a website and you don’t pay big bucks then people may either only be able to see it at really low speeds or not at all. This website suggests this will shut out independent website owners, bloggers, indy video content, innovative technology startups and many other things. Also, it seems to be your internet service provider can control what websites you access, like you can be denied access to Google and can only use Yahoo (or the Blender website could be blocked and you can only go to those of high end softwares).
If this measure passes, then if our little Blender community and the Blender foundation can’t pay to keep their websites accessable it could be the beginning of the end for Blender and from above the free internet:(
If they even dare doing that then they are going to have one big bunch of very unhappy people. I’m not in the US anymore so It doens concern me but thrust me, I have a friend in dubai and since it’s not a democracy down there well there is only one internet service (which is extremely expensive and not very fast ADSL. better than nothing though). So , the governement blocks access to certain websites that don’t please them etc. Its controling the media and the internet is probably one of the thoughest to restrict unless the government has the only link to it in the country…
First off all, most of theese companies are international businesses, so a majority of the ISP companies outside of the US are either subsidiaries of those larger companies or are related to them in some other way.
Second; A good chunk of the internet resides within the US, so whatever policy influences the web here it’s sure to have repercussions worldwide.
To tell you the truth I am not particularly worried, because people would just completely freak out and beat that policy into the ground. Although I do recognize this as a posibillity, I still find it highly unlikely to happen.
Even if companies were given the keys to the internet, these companies wouldnt attempt to not to mention be allowed to filter out websites (within reason) nore charge a fee for your site to be accesable. otherwise america is really stupid.
Such motive is anti-competitive and will only result them in being sued. In addition to this, the people being handed the “keys” are cable companies. These companies already make million by the leasing of cable lines to data centers.
What do you thinnk will happen when they force you to pay an “internet” fee for your website to display? Well, as you claim, alot of people wont be able to run a website, have a blog and so on and thus won’t do any hosting.
What happen to AT&T presscious revinue everyyear? It dissapears because no one is paying this stupid “fee”, datacenters /business have a lot less web server to host, and thus a lot less bandwidth needed and thus AT&T are losing out on thier own businesses due to the stupid fee they created.
Of course AT&T is only one out of several, but most of the companies that want the keys to the internet have thier own largly sucessful cable companies which they will not risk trying to blackmail their client into paying more money.
Of course, I can only speculate…
Reading their site it looks like simialr thing have happened, but then again how many years ago was that?
First of all=>>> Thanks for enlightening me. I know those companies are huge but while reading your reply I remembered they like to change their names in different countries for marketing issues etc etc. Once I think about it, what happens with the internet in the US will affect everyone. Makes sense
Second of all=>>> which proves the aforementioned point
To tell you the truth =>>> Yeah, I doupt it will happen either but still we dont want it to happen
hehe…it ain’t goin to happen…thats like the US switchen for gasoline fueled cars to electric cars…within a few years…it ain’t gonna happen…hehe…also if the bill did pass …well think about it we’re a democracy what would happen we would just fire those representatives and get new ones that are against the amendment…
The internet is of huge signifigance. If this ever happened… well I agree with Alltaken, there’d be a second pirate interent in no time. Besides, I don’t think we will have to worry about this for a while. Found this on google news http://www.cio.com/blog_view.html?CID=21890