Dave's topic isn't really Net Neutrality. That is an ISP filtering its own email accounts. You can change ISPs.

Net Neutrality deals with the last mile providers - MSO and ILEC - prioritizing their traffic or partner traffic while squeezing out traffic from all other sources.

Net Neutrality is about having an open connection to the Internet.

AOL doesn't own the last mile. People frustrated with AOL can switch to EarthLink or another ISP.

Just out of curiosity, besides speaking to the choir about NN, did any action plans come out of F2C?



Matt Larsen - Lists wrote:

I was able to go to the Freedom to Connect conference earlier this month on behalf of WISPA. Net neutrality was one of the hot topics of the conference, but there was a lot of disagreement on how it should (or should not) be controlled. This email about the subject provides a decent understanding of the sort of thing that will start to happen over the next few years for users of telco and cable broadband services. This is a tough issue. On one hand, I don't really want to have any legislation out there that tells me how to run my network. On the other hand, I don't want to have my BACKBONE provider prioritizing or de-prioritizing traffic to my network according to who is paying THEM. Spam emails are just the tip of the iceberg.
This one is going to get ugly real fast.

Matt Larsen

-------- Original Message --------
Subject:     [DDN] Net Neutrality and AOL ...It Begins
Date:     Sat, 15 Apr 2006 00:22:14 -0500
From:     Dave A. Chakrabarti <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

That changed for me today. For those of you out of the loop with AOL's involvement in this: AOL has recently proposed a filtering system that allows corporate users to pay a fee to bypass someone's spam filtering. If you have an AOL account, this means that AOL can charge me to send you a mailing. Or it can ask the DDN to pay a fee to make sure these emails continue to get to you. It can send spam back to your inbox even though you don't want it there...because spammers tend to have a *lot* of money to spend if it means bypassing someone's spam filters.

Now they've taken it to another level. If you send someone an email asking them to take a critical look at AOL's new policy, your email will be filtered out. That's right. If I want to email a friend of mine who happens to be using an AOL account, and I even mention a certain website, AOL will bounce the email back to me saying that user doesn't exist. You know what? Since this email contains "AOL" and "filter" and a bunch of other terms that look suspiciously like I might not be asking you to buy AOL stock, members of this email list *may not* receive this email. If I include the actual URL I'm talking about (a site designed to ask AOL users and others to ask the company not to move forward with this), it's *guaranteed* that members of this list will not receive that email. Or receive any other email from today, if they're receiving DDN list stuff in digest form. Someone at DDN is going to get a bunch of bouncebacks that look like those addresses don't work anymore...but wait, they do! They just don't work if you're trying to make people aware of what AOL is doing.


Dave A. Chakrabarti
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