Net neutrality is the concept that the Internet should be free of controls, no matter how it is accessed. Unfortunately, everyone wants their hand in the cookie jar, which means governments, corporations, businesses, and politicians want in on the action.
Liz Strauss of Successful and Outstanding Bloggers pointed me to The Future Network Will not be Neutral by Lead Step which describes how the future network of the Internet looks now, which is an indicator of the future Internet:
Let me start off with some facts:
British Telecom makes sure that no other VoIP service can work on their network by blocking commonly used ports. Sify India, blocks all RTP packets to make sure that no other VoIP service is used on their network
The US charges developing countries per bandwidth, which is a major deterrent for growing economies to adopt faster connectivity. There are a lot of ISPs in the US, who make sure that Vonage doesnt work on their network.
Etisalat blocks off most sites, and no voice related service, including MSN, Yahoo, or Skype could work on their network.
Liz hosts a Net Neutrality Page with links to more coverage and information on the issue of net neutrality – others controlling what you have access to and how you have access.
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