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AT&T Says Net Rules Must Allow 'Paid Prioritization' 390

suraj.sun writes "AT&T said Tuesday that any Net neutrality plan restricting its ability to engage in 'paid prioritization' of network traffic would be harmful and contrary to the fundamental principles of the Internet."
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AT&T Says Net Rules Must Allow 'Paid Prioritization'

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 01, 2010 @09:56AM (#33434964)

    Considering the fundamental principle of the internet is to deliver my porn as fast as possible, perhaps AT&T is correct in prioritizing my traffic.

  • by rwv ( 1636355 ) on Wednesday September 01, 2010 @10:02AM (#33435038) Homepage Journal

    The Internet is not a Mall. Sure, there are stores. Sure, there are ads for anything you can think of plastered everywhere. Sure, it's an anonymous place with crowds of people you don't actually know.

    But the Internet is not a Mall.

    It transcends the status of a basic retail venue. The Internet is a place where information (and occasionally knowledge) is stored. The Internet is an international forum. The Internet is an academic cornucopia. The Internet is the Great Library of Alexandria for the 21st Cenutry.

    If AT&T demands the right to tax access to the Great Library, I demand that AT&T offer to sell all of its shares to the United States government for $0.01 so that there's public control about how those additional tax revenues are spent. Failing to hand over the keys to the castle to the public, AT&T can go pound sand. They ought *not* to be the arbiter of who gets access to what for which price.

  • by Dusty101 ( 765661 ) on Wednesday September 01, 2010 @10:02AM (#33435048)

    Actually, hey: let's just forget the "Oxy", shall we?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 01, 2010 @10:30AM (#33435378)

    lol it's like choosing between the plague or cancer.

  • by geminidomino ( 614729 ) on Wednesday September 01, 2010 @11:47AM (#33436568) Journal just balls caught in a bike chain. It's painful, messy, and does more harm to the little guys than the machine.

    I don't know if you should be lauded for this metaphor... or shot.

We don't know who it was that discovered water, but we're pretty sure that it wasn't a fish. -- Marshall McLuhan