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[ NNSquad ] Re: Civil Rights Groups Wants P2P Throttling to Preserve Rights (or something like that)
At 08:54 AM 3/5/2008, Vint Cerf wrote:
these people don't seem to recognize that the interference of the broadband providers is an abridgment of their ability to speak. amazing. welcome to 1984, you have entered a time warp. Maybe this is the Bizarro planet.
Three very important points.
[ Brett, get over it. P2P isn't going away. I don't care how much you cozy up to FTP (which you frequently and amusingly cite as an alternative), but P2P in some form is going to be a leading content delivery mechanism for the foreseeable future. We can argue about technical standards, but P2P and other high-volume-traffic generating applications are a fact, and attempts to wish them away via rhetoric or often unenforceable Terms of Service wording are a waste of time and effort.
And while it's true that the Constitution doesn't automatically extend free speech protections into private contexts, it's also the case that society generally recognizes that those industries that provide access to communications -- the infrastructure on which free speech travels -- have special responsibilities, especially in limited competition environments. Those responsibilities can either be approached by firms on a voluntary basis, or can be imposed via regulation.
This holds true whether we're talking about giant publicly-owned communications behemoths or tiny, sole-proprietor wireless carriers operating in unlicensed spectrum.
We've now both had a say, and this thread is closed unless something notable is submitted. Continued discussion in the Forum is welcome.
-- Lauren Weinstein NNSquad Moderator ]