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.
-------- 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
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
(708) 919 1026
WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org