Monday, October 22, 2007

Two Threads Coming Together: China and Comcast Have Something in Common

According to Susan Crawford, the corporate cable provider and the totalitarian megalomarket-state both interfere with people's internet use. The People's Republic of Comcast:
will say “we’re not blocking.” But they’re degrading, prioritizing, and filtering, without telling users. And they’re planning to do much more of this.

What’s the solution? Structural separation. You’re either a plain-vanilla transport company serving all comers, or you’re something else competing for our attention. But this mixture, this hybrid of apparent-communication plus editorial control, is unacceptable.
And if the latter, I would add, then their control over the public bandwidth should be limited and heavily regulated.

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