Please Lie to me about Net Neutrality
by Matt Stoller, Wed Jun 14, 2006 at 05:48:31 PM EDT
There's a pervasive myth that there has been no discrimination on the internet against content companies. That is simply untrue. For one, Craigslist has been blocked for three months from Cox customers because of security software malfunctions.
Back on February 23rd Authentium acknowledged that their software is blocking Craigslist but it still hasn't fixed the problem, more than three months later. That's a heck of long time to delete some text from their blacklist. And this company also supplies security software to other large ISPs.
Without net neutrality protections, cable and telecom companies will have no incentive to fix these kinds of problems. Already, it's quite difficult to even know that this is happening because they are quite easy to disguise.
The telcos are of course lying about this, claiming that no web sites have been blocked. And gullible reporters are falling for the lies.
It's not, of course, just reporters, but lawmakers too who are being infected by the dishonest atmosphere. Joe Biden seems to be equivocating on net neutrality. He's up for reelection in 2008. Anyone know anything about the Delaware primary process?