From: "Dan Sheadel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Jul 3, 2006 3:26 AM
Subject: How To Run The Internet
First, let the internet remain as it is, leaving net neutrality
full and identical access to any and all websites. If the companies
charge of the "tiered internet" decide they want
to abuse their power, which
some of them will, having heard statements from the CEOs, it
devastating for not only the US citizens but global citizens
as well. If a
major US based website gets crippled on the tiered internet,
it would likely
move outside the US, and shift it's aim toward other markets.
The premise of
the internet is that it's a cheap, if not free, way to communicate
ideas with the world, and is the world's greatest medium for
innovation. Removing net neutrality will destroy this.
Stop trying to over-regulate the internet. Yes, some people
will be pirates,
and download illegal things. Most, just want the convenience
of things on
their computer. I bring, for example, Sony's rootkits. Every
complained, was a legal, law abiding citizen with an original,
This, ironically, did NOT affect the pirates at all. This is
of how anti-piracy measures go. It affects the legitimate users
a lot, but
the pirates very little, if at all. Many companies, particularly
'victimized' music industry could very easily reduce the piracy
embracing the internet, and realizing that people don't download
because it's illegal; it's because it's convenient. iTunes
is a hit because
it makes it easy for non-tech savvy people to get music online.
would simply house their own mini-itunes (and, the record company
ALLOW this), and allow easy downloading and payment for music,
then it would
be an instant hit, and render piracy virtually pointless.
Stop trying to use child porn as an excuse to threaten websites,
citizens privacy. Yes, it's bad, and yes, it's illegal. But
THINK about it a
little. Setting age limits on Myspace. Neat concept. In practice?
about who sets the 'age' on myspace. The person who starts
it. I know 13
year olds who have 16 as their age. I know a 18 year old who
has 99 as their
age. Very effective method of stopping child predators, since
age doesn't lie. All they have to do, is put down "13" as
their age, upload
a bunch of pictures from some random kid's website, and all
in the world is useless. Sifting through months old search
going to help either, since all you're going to find out, is
throwing in "child porn" in google, you get 1) a
lot of news, and 2) a few
pornographic web sites. Perhaps stick to this, rather than
Whatever you do, do NOT mandate a "fee based email".
This will do one of
- eliminate most free email, if not all of it, since the
will be extremely expensive to run.
- force many spammers to use instant messaging to reach their
"audience." if this takes off in in the same way
that email spam does, it'd
be far more irritating, since. Yahoo has had this for a long
time, thanks to
their online profiles, and it's insanely aggravating, since
the bots pretend
to be real people until about the fourth message.
- force spammers to use bots to send their emails. Spammers
use zombie computers to launch DDOS attacks. What happens when
computers receive a command to launch 5000 emails each? Especially,
each email costs .04 cents? That's two hundred bucks. Who pays
Presumably, the zombie computer. Strictly speaking, did not
send them, but
they had no knowledge of such, and should not have to pay the
instead, would you simply make the recipient pay? I'm not sure
receive spam would make anyone happy either. Neither would
appeals for money
erroneously spent on either method. This would cost any governing
fortune, trying to sift through requests for "I want my
.04 cents back".
Simply put, this idea is not feasable, and impractical.
But, by far, the most important aspect of the internet, needs
neutrality. If the government kills net neutrality, is has
not killed the
internet; it merely tied it up, and handed it to some of the
corporations in the country, and then gave them a stick. The
should, and needs to be free.