Verizon, Comcast, ATT, and Google's Wet Dream

Your ISP wants to turn the Internet into a set of channels they can charge for.
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See the graphic on the right (or at least on blog if you're reading this on Google+) probably looks familiar to everyone that gets cable, satellite, or tv through DSL. That is what Verizon, Comcast, ATT, and even Google would like to turn the internet into.

Does the graphic scare you? It should and I'll tell you why. In the simplest terms it whittles down the limitless options that the Internet provides and compresses it down to a handful of 'channels' that you get handed and told if you decide to go somewhere else you're suddenly going to have to pay out of the nose. It doesn't matter for companies like Microsoft or Google because they can afford to pay the tax in whatever form it'd take so they can get preferred access.

Instead it's smaller companies that compete with established places that would suffer because it raises the bar to entry beyond what most people, even with a little money and know how, can pay for.

Worse still is you end up blocking future innovation because if they're not on the list you have to pay for an 'unlimited' access plan that means all but a few people aren't going to go for because most people want to save money and so long as they can youtube or reddit and play games on Steam they're good.

What we need is for ISP's to stop trying to multitask between providing access and providing content of their own. Normally this would be considered a massive conflict of interest but because you need the lines and connections provided by the older cable and even phone companies you end up with that contradiction sitting at the heart of the network.

What we need is a truly blind pipe. A company that only deals with connecting people to the internet and nothing but connecting people to the internet. Unfortunately the barrier to entry is pretty high and you will even see municipal ISP's getting blocked or legislated out for one reason or another that boils down to the national services feeling threatened.

I included Google on the list for a bigger reason than sensationalist headlines. Google has been good to me over the years, but something we all need to remember is Google is at it's heart a company that is looking for profits. If the price is right they would gladly sell everyone out. Right now they see the value in at least appearing to side with customers since their business revolves around data and selling that data to other people. Without us using their search, email, and so on they do not have data.

I'm not saying Google is Evil. It's just that they are a company like any there and the NSA fluff has shown they're not above getting pushed around or politicking like anyone else.
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