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ISP: Net Neutrality, Legislation and the Food Chain

I’ve previously written about my thoughts about gripes that ISPs might have to enforce legislation to show that users aren’t downloading illegal content. I had intended to follow up with more thoughts on the legislative threats to firms that make their bread on the net. However, I’m growing tired of ISPs crying wolf in the press. Most recently, the news that Internet Service Providers want to get in on the advertising game with Phorm. Merely a service say the ISPs – to give users more relevant ads, yeah right say others.

It has also came to light that a number of Service Providers are upset with the BBC and the extra traffic that the BBC’s iPlayer is bringing. I found this amusing as in the US, ISPs have to pay ESPN a fee so that the ISP’s customers can access their ESPN360 service. UK ISPs shouldn’t be bitching about how the BBC is costing them money due to bandwidth or trying to kick-off a debate about net-neutrality; they should be thanking the BBC for not charging them a fee to access premium content.

Internet Service Providers forget their place in the food chain; you’re about “the tubes” and doing it in such a way that doesn’t invade our privacy. The reason that I pay for my internet connection is that I want to get some content, the reason I have broadband is because I want it quickly and without any new adverts “injected”.

One more thing, Internet Service Providers should not jump into bed with a company that has developed root kits in the past… it doesn’t inspire confidence that privacy will be respected.