[TriLUG] Net Neutrality under attack again

Bill Farrow bill at arrowsreach.com
Mon Nov 7 16:06:00 EST 2011

On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM, Igor Partola <igor at igorpartola.com> wrote:
> With the move to VOIP, I wonder if Internet access becomes a utility
> implicitly. Imagine that 90% of home and business phone access happens over
> the Internet AND phone infrastructure is considered a utility. Does that
> immediately mean that ISPs are utilities?

My home phone is VOIP, from an independent provider (CallCentric), and
has e-911 service to link my number to my home address for
fire/police/ambulance.  I would be mightily pissed if TWC decided to
limit or delay my VOIP packets because they compete with their own
overpriced Digital Phone service.

My internet connection is used for voice and video communication,
entertainment, information, financial transactions, access to
government services, education, etc.

The same arguments can be used for roads...  they enable commerce,
free movement, commuting for work, and travel for pleasure.



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