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US Telco’s Want To Take Over the Internet

via BoingBoing:

AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. are lobbying Capitol Hill for the right to create a two-tiered Internet, where the telecom carriers’ own Internet services would be transmitted faster and more efficiently than those of their competitors (source)

Complicating things over a tried, tested, and constantly evolving Internet model, all for profit, will never sit well to an already spoiled tech community. Furthermore, when it looks like you’ll be bulldozing tech giants’ -Google, Yahoo, etc.- services, expect harsh backlash.

I wonder how locally-based customer support for the mentioned companies are told to deal with this issue.

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  • Haven’t they learned from the AOL model? AOL is now moving towards better content generation and management as a business model.

    They’re no longer fencing in their customers within their old (slow) dialup network in exchange for “premium” content, which could actually be acquired–faster–thru the Internet-at-large.

  • Looks like they want to create another “Internet” separate from the current networks and charge a premium for it … not take over the current networks … which they already own, hence don’t need to take over.

  • sounds like they’ll network all their subscribers in a separate “Internet”. supreme court should decide on privacy concerns ?. Will a subscriber for instance want to be included in this network? we already have subnscription-based forum and communities per industries on the internet (b2b sites like powersourceonline.com, brokerforum etc) what else do they want???