[LINK] Australian ISPs offer US advice, smugness, on net neutrality

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Wed Oct 1 08:29:37 EST 2008

The warezers are definitely getting unhappy, and clearly trying to influence
the media by claiming that bandwidth caps are a shortsighted play which will
hurt the internet in the long term  (remember that the type of bandwidth cap
most US ISPs are considering is of the order of 250 Gigs per month!)

a great read, if only for the comedy value.  I especially like the
presumption that the caps and relevant prices will remain the same for the
next 4 years...


On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 2:42 AM, Kim Holburn <kim at holburn.net> wrote:

> http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080929-australian-isps-offer-us-advice-smugness-on-net-neutrality.html
> http://tinyurl.com/3fbemo
> > For years, US Internet service providers have been offering their
> > users unlimited access to the web, creating high expectations among
> > customers who have never had to think before accessing content. As
> > that content has shifted from text to music to video, however, ISPs
> > have found that living up to the promise of "all-you-can-eat"
> > broadband can be expensive in a nation of gluttons.
> >
> > One symptom of this problem is the industry's opposition to net
> > neutrality, which would prevent ISPs from profiting on specific
> > services or content, or degrading and blocking others. In the midst
> > of this fight, the executives of several ISPs in Australia have
> > weighed in, suggesting that they've solved this problem already and
> > that their US counterparts should pay attention to their model.
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