The death of the internet. 19 replies

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#1 10 years ago

In approximately four years (2012), the internet as we know it will change forever. The freedom to visit sites as you please and surf the internet will be brought down by ISPs (Internet Service Providers) looking for more money.

A friend of mine brought this to my attention today. The following is the first paragraph of the article on this topic. Please read this article and watch the corresponding video for more information. >>Net Neutrality

"06/01/2008 - Every significant Internet provider around the globe is currently in talks with access and content providers to transform the internet into a television-like medium: no more freedom, you pay for a small commercial package of sites you can visit and you'll have to pay for separate subscriptions for every site that's not in the package. Almost all smaller websites/services will disappear over time and multinationals who are used to using big budgets to brute force their content into every media outlet will finally be able to approach the internet in the same way."

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This is a shocking and a horrible fate for our internet. I think everyone here can agree that such a future must be avoided. I just wanted to make people aware of such an issue.




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#2 10 years ago

I doubt it,

Maybe that ISPs and server hosts want to come up with a system to deal with the growing costs of increasing data traffic (due to streaming videos and such becoming more and more popular). But a subscription like that of a TV wouldn't work, there are too many sites out there and even just creating a list of important sites would be a lot of work. Let alone updating the list and creating/maintaining several packages to subscribe to.

More over, even if it would be possible and feasable (it isn't unless the magically find a way to maintain this sort of thing at extremely low costs) it wouldnt be allowed by the (most) goverments since they would be making illegal price/service deals. Killing fair competition. So by law they wouldn't be able to get away with it.

And even if it would be possible and legal, there would always be ISPs who wouldn't do this. Imagen the amount of consumers you could get by simpy offering an alnternative (better/more fair) package.

So, no, I don't see this happening. Now now, not in the near future, never.

Having said that, we as consumers should always by critical about services of an kind including ISP services to try and get the best offer. So keeping track of events and speaking out against unjust or uncalled for things/plans is a must.

I think that the main danger is that of ISPs limiting bandwidth due to the increase of traffic (streaming media) but it doesn't seem to be a huge deal anymore either. Atleast overhear it's standard to have a xDSL connection without maximum traffic limit or something (som ISPs did this when ADSL just replaced the dial up modem but people would switch to competing ISPs that had no such limit).




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#3 10 years ago

unlikely at the best, as due to the fact ISP's don't own the servers that host the internet, and the cost of buying them out or contracting them, would put the cold war spending to shame.

And as been said, if a ISP were to offer free access, it would be a HUGE leap from ISP to the free ISP.




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#4 10 years ago
Mihail;4367367unlikely at the best, as due to the fact ISP's don't own the servers that host the internet, and the cost of buying them out or contracting them, would put the cold war spending to shame.

No, but ISPs could limit what you can access, cause other sites to load a whole lot slower, etc. If you could directly connect somehow, you'd be set but everyone else would remain screwed. Thats why they said you could start your own in the video.

And as been said, if a ISP were to offer free access, it would be a HUGE leap from ISP to the free ISP.

True, BUT, all the major ISPs are in agreement here, that way they get more money. Even if one ISP did uphold net neutrality, the bigger companies could basically eat the small ISP up.




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#5 10 years ago
True, BUT, all the major ISPs are in agreement here, that way they get more money. Even if one ISP did uphold net neutrality, the bigger companies could basically eat the small ISP up.

For that, they'd have to somehow magically wickle past just about every antimonopol law that there is.




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#6 10 years ago
wraithcat;4367402For that, they'd have to somehow magically wickle past just about every antimonopol law that there is.

There are businesses which already do that.




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#7 10 years ago
ancient demise;4367375True, BUT, all the major ISPs are in agreement here, that way they get more money. Even if one ISP did uphold net neutrality, the bigger companies could basically eat the small ISP up.

Call me idealistic, but when a single minor ISP begins to maintain net neutrality, within the month it will grow in size exponentially. And those companies which start limiting internet usage, will automatically fall. As long as at least one company maintains neutrality, people will flock there.




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#8 10 years ago
True, BUT, all the major ISPs are in agreement here, that way they get more money. Even if one ISP did uphold net neutrality, the bigger companies could basically eat the small ISP up.

That is if it's a open sharing company, and if there is not a majority owner of shares. And with such a ISP, it's stock would rise to level's where stock owners would never dare give it up.

No, but ISPs could limit what you can access, cause other sites to load a whole lot slower, etc. If you could directly connect somehow, you'd be set but everyone else would remain screwed. Thats why they said you could start your own in the video.

Yes, but servers can block IP's coming from ISPs, so unless server owners are making large amounts of money in such deals, I would see no reason why they would not boycott that, due to massive losses in advertisements, and hits.




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#9 10 years ago

I believe if that ever does happen, satellite and other back doors into the internet will still be providing undercover for those of us who don't want to deal with annoying ISPs. If we're not all gone by then, the Mayan Calendar Predicts the end of the world is in 2012. See Here.




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#10 10 years ago

Hasn't that happened about fifty times before? I'm sick of having my civilization destroyed, plus I didn't forward that spam so my family is supposed to be dead in a week. (AGAIN!) The webs are a major pain in the ass sometimes.




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