Again, on Internet extortion

Sadly, the House Commitee on Energy & Commerce decided to strike down the provisions in a draft bill that would have allowed the FCC to stop ISPs and telco from extorting customers and web service providers. The arguments of the ISPs are hypocritical: the lack of such provision will allow them to stifle innovation, effectively shut down or limit competition (like e.g. Vonage VoIP service, or the next generation of media delivery).

I sincerely hope that other commitees of the House and maybe other parts of Congress in general will handle this ciritical situation with a better understanding of the technological and commercial ramifications. I also hope that Rep. Markey will not bow down to this defeat, but instead fight for his very sensible provisions elsewhere.

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