Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, will introduce new legislation today that would prohibit Internet network operators from charging companies for faster delivery of their content to consumers or favoring some content providers over others.The bill is meant to ease growing fears that open Internet access may be blocked or compromised by the Bell phone carriers and cable operators, which may create tiers of service for delivering content to consumers, much the way the post office charges more for overnight mail delivery than for regular delivery.
This is a bill worth supporting. The phone company doesn’t block phone calls from certain areas, rather they let all calls through. If “network nuetrality” is compromised then those who own Net cable will be able to do just that, block whoever they don’t like, and charge more for preferential service.
None of this is a problem elsewhere on the planet, just here in the US, home of predatory capitalism.