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Net Neutrality – TelstraClear starting the rot?

TelstaClear are making access to the TradeMe and Clearnet/Video sites free (ie. no traffic charges) to their subscribers from the 21st of September to the 21st of December. 

While this sounds nice in theory, it’s very much against the principles of Net Neutrality. For one, Tradme competitors (and, believe it or not, there are some), won’t be happy about TelstaClear customers being actively encouraged by one of the country’s largest ISPs to visit a site that already has a near monopoly on the local online auction market.¬†

And, as Miramar Mike points out

“Once we get used to these sorts of deals then it’s only a few more steps to stopping someone going to a particular site because that’s outside the “package you’ve bought” …¬†Imagine if your Web viewing (or email sending – anything via the Internet and not just the Web) worked in the same way as SkyTV does. Pay $x for the basic package but if you want to see other stuff then pay more. For instance, pay $x for NZ Web traffic with a few high profile international sites thrown in but pay $x+ for sites off an approved list. Oh, you want to send email, that’s another $y dollars for that sort of traffic and $y+ for international.”

Death of Free Internet is Imminent: Canada Will Become Test Case
by Kevin Parkinson

In the last 15 years or so, as a society we have had access to more information than ever before in modern history because of the Internet. There are approximately 1 billion Internet users in the world and any one of these users can theoretically communicate in real time with any other on the planet. The Internet has been the greatest technological achievement of the 20th century by far, and has been recognized as such by the global community.

The free transfer of information, uncensored, unlimited and untainted, still seems to be a dream when you think about it. Whatever field that is mentioned- education, commerce, government, news, entertainment, politics and countless other areas- have been radically affected by the introduction of the Internet. And mostly, it’s good news, except when poor judgements are made and people are taken advantage of. Scrutiny and oversight are needed, especially where children are involved. Read more

2012: The Year The Internet Ends


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