Net Neutrality Links
I’m adding this link to the Net Neutrality Page.
Imagine this from the vision of Tom Evslin: What if all our Skype widgets had a button that allowed us to test and report the speed at which our Skype voice packets were being allowed through by our ISPs. What if then Ã¢â¬â following the 1 percent rule Ã¢â¬â just 400,000 of SkypeÃ¢â¬â¢s 40-million-plus regular users hit that button and reported in how SkypeÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬â and other applicationsÃ¢â¬â¢ packets Ã¢â¬â were treated by their ISPs.
This would produce an incredible data base showing whether ISPs are, indeed, discriminating against certain packets and applications to advantage their own. I suspect Cablevision of playing wack-a-mole with my Skype because it works fine on slower lines elsewhere but horribly when I try to do interviews with the Guardian or the BBC (which prefer Skype) from home. But I have absolutely no way of knowing whether this is true. . . .
Now a reporter could take that data and go to ISPs to find out their side and get a good story out of this that has a big impact Ã¢â¬â one way or the other Ã¢â¬â on the net neutrality debate. Is there a smoking gun of discrimination to favor ISPs own packets? Or not? LetÃ¢â¬â¢s find out and report it.
Now, of course, there is also a sort of Heisenberg principle (using the bastardized definition of it) at work here: When the reporter calls, the ISP may say, Ã¢â¬ËOh, this is a mistake. We donÃ¢â¬â¢t discriminate.Ã¢â¬â¢ And whatever was switched on gets switched off. Or this could happen simply when the ISPs notice that they are being watched by the magic button. So the act of reporting affects the news reported (but then, it often does).
Now a journalist might say that this ruins the story. But the essential role of reporting remains in force: Journalism is a watchdog and now companies know that their customers are their watchdogs. Every customer is now a reporter.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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