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[ NNSquad ] Re: More on Verizon's rejection of AT&T's attitude toward filtering

On Feb 6, 2008, at 11:32 AM, Lauren Weinstein wrote:
The bandwidth caps, tiers, and surcharges now being contemplated by
various ISPs become especially problematic when viewed in terms of
ISPs' own provision of data intensive content (e.g. video and movie
services) that would *not* be subject to the ISP-dictated bandwidth
constraints placed on external Internet traffic and similar external

This point should be of particular interest to smaller ISPs, who are unlikely to be directly involved in content services. If the very large ISPs can leverage said aspects of the ISP portion of their business to make the content portion more profitable, that may quickly lead to their ISP rates being subsidized to a degree that will rapidly drive smaller (unsubsidized) competitors out of business. Which should be of particular interest to the rest of us, since the eventual result will almost certainly be something more closely resembling our current, frustratingly uncompetitive cable television marketplace.