Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Business Week Looks at the Two Tiered Internet

Business Week comes out against the two tiered system by actually offering a solution.

From the article:

"In the decade since Congress last rewrote the nation's telecommunications laws, our open and accessible Internet has become a wellspring for innovation, producing the likes of Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), eBay (EBAY), Amazon (AMZN), and thousands of smaller successful e-commerce enterprises. Collectively, the services they sell at home and abroad, and the jobs they have created, are driving forces of the 21st-century economy.

Recently, executives at some telephone companies have indicated that their business model for providing broadband service will include not only charging customers for an Internet connection but also assessing a fee on Web sites to enable their customers to reach them more quickly

With two simple new rules, and without hurting consumers or limiting innovation, telephone companies could launch an array of new services, including high-quality multichannel television.

Under the first requirement, broadband providers would be prohibited from blocking, interfering with, or impairing the ability of Internet users to access lawful content, applications, and services on the Internet. Under the second principle, the broadband operators would be prohibited from favoring themselves or their affiliates in the allocation, use, or quality of Internet access services."



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