On today's Internet, sending and receiving data has already been paid for and what the ISPs that are resisting net neutrality are calling for is the ability to charge content providers a second time for access to their customers. An apt analogy would be the phone company attempting to take a percentage of any transaction that was done over the phone. The calling party has already paid for the phone call, the receiving party has either paid for the phone call (metered services or cell phone) or has paid for unlimited inbound calling through a subscription. However, the phone company sees that there is money being made by others transacting business over their phone lines and decides they deserve a cut.If telcos want to provide their own value added services, as they have long done, that's one thing. If they want to charge somebody else for providing value added services on top of the telco's carriage, that's another thing entirely. Gaige also addresses consumer control, content delivery networks, differential utlization, and why net neutrality is a regulatory issue; well worth a read.
Network neutrality is about control Gaige Paulsen, Monday, June 26 2006 @ 10:34 am EDT