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Friday, June 02, 2006

eBay Markets Net Neutrality

Add eBay to the list of online marketers weighing in on the controversial issue of net neutrality.

Organizations on the consumer side fear that the telcos and ISPs, who want to charge more for higher speed connections to their clients that use the most bandwidth, will give the rest of their clients short shrift and create a tiered Internet.

Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay, e-mailed more than a million eBay members requested that they tell their congressional representatives to support legislation for net neutrality. The providers have said that they have no intention of blocking or hindering access to any websites, and their are laws that penalize companies for discriminating against competing ISPs.

The Internet has grown through cooperatively passing on email and web traffic, and with few exceptions, ISPs realize that it is in their best interest to play nice, because if they don't cooperate other ISPs can likewise slow or deny their customers access.

As long as companies are charged appropriately for the amount of traffic that visits their websites, the volume of data streamed, or the email that they send out, additional legislation is probably unnecessary. The varying prices for DSL, cable, T1, etc access show that the net isn't neutral, but rightly is you get what you pay for.

By Jason Dowdell at 02:39 PM | Comments (0)

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