I previously posted on the comments of Berners-Lee, regarding the threat
posed to the openness of the internet by new US legislation. Today I
came across an interesting blog via Slashdot; Max Fomitchev
does a very good job of breaking down the proposed legislation and what
it really means to the internet. Not only does the proposed two-tier
system mean that systems are effectively being paid three times (1.
Broadband user subscriptions, in the UK these have bandwidth
rates/limits. 2. Hosting providers charge customers for bandwidth
usage. 3. ISP's would charge these companies again for delivering this
content to the end user), start-up companies are forced out of the
market by established (e.g. higher paying) competitors but also it
creates an opportunity for indirect censorship of personal blogs and
websites. How so? Well if you don't pay, the ISP's may not deliver
your content to it's customers!
A worrying prospect.