Here Come the Internet Police…

The Washington Post

Cable service operators Comcast and Time Warner Cable said yesterday that they would begin testing new approaches that would slow Internet access for heavy users and charge more to those who want additional speed.

The tests come as the Federal Communications Commission wraps up an investigation on complaints that Comcast blocked certain users from sharing video, music and other files. The complaints fueled a larger debate, with hearings in Congress and by the FCC, on how much control Internet service providers should have over the flow of data.

“The cable companies see a hammer hovering above their heads and are scrambling to find ways to reduce the appearance of wrongdoing,” said Ben Scott, head of policy for the public interest group Free Press, which advocates for better oversight of cable operators. He called the plans “Band-Aids” on the bigger problem of network capacity, which he said can be solved only by larger investments in the cable companies’ networks.

Comcast said that on Friday it would begin tests in Chambersburg, Pa., and Warrenton, Va., that would delay traffic for the heaviest users of Internet data without targeting specific software applications. Public interest groups complained in November that Comcast targeted users of BitTorrent, a file-sharing application, by blocking or delaying video and other files exchanged with the technology. Free Press said the practice discriminated against certain content and impeded users from having full access to the Web.

7 Responses to “Heavy Internet Users Targeted - Providers to Test Charges, Delays”
  1. jo says:

    we will see them chip away at the internet (for regular folk use), and like everything else they will succeed due to the inattention of the people. like everything else the fight has been going on for a while and quite frequently.” the powers that be” can continue to assault us on different fronts knowing in the long run that the few that fight and stay on top of what it going on will eventually be worned down.

    like all the other issues , i have been notified and acted but quite frankly , i am getting real tired of “the fight”. they have “our money” to replenish their troops, what the hell do we have. “our troops” aka our tools, appear to be broken.

  2. George says:

    this is off the subject but here is some info of what the owo are doing with our tax Chinese citizens are getting free eduction at Americans expense and more on Nafta
    Damn sorry but it wont paste I will try again later.

  3. George says:

    OK I got it this time here it is every one.,63/

  4. melody says:

    If you have ever been to the Facebook website you will notice they have different levels of privacy settings. If I understand it correctly, you can be looking at somebody’s page and think you are seeing the same thing everybody else is, but maybe there is stuff others can see that you can’t because you don’t have the right permission.

    And you control the users with whom you share that information through the privacy settings on the My Privacy page.

    I think that is one way the people in charge will control the information we get. We will not see the same stuff depending on how much we are valued by our leaders.

    I’m concerned they might start doing that to government websites like social security, so they can avoid giving certain people their benefits. They could tell the people all the info is available on the internet and stop handing out paper info that anybody would have a chance to get.

    They could say it’s really no big deal because supposedly everyone can go to the library if they don’t have a computer. My library wont let you use their computers unless you have a library card so again the government would know who is using the computer.

    Already, some employers will only accept job applications online. Some people will never have a reason to go to the employer and use appying as a chance to see who got the jobs. It makes job discrimination a lot easier to do.

  5. Steele says:

    Comcast is also hiring for the two following positions:

    Engineer I- Intercept Engineering
    Deploys, installs, and removes strategic and tactical data intercept equipment on a nation-wide basis to meet Comcast and Government lawful intercept needs. Conducts packet analysis and configures plug-ins / filters to customize data collection systems with court-ordered requirements.

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    Administrative Asst- National Security Operations
    The National Security Operations Administrative Assistant is responsible for performing and managing the Administrative tasks for the National Security Operations organization as detailed below. This position will report to the Executive Director of the National Security Operations organization. Act as point of contact for State and Federal Law Enforcement coordination. Handling of sensitive incoming Legal subpoenas and other material. Some of this material may be ?Secret/Top Secret? and be classified under applicable Federal Law.

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  6. Steele says:

    Sorry, I don’t know why the above link is doing that and its not working however, if you click the second link and then click on search openings, enter in 63601BR in the requisition # field, you will find it.

  7. Angel says:

    I figured this was coming. Didn’t you??

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