Putting a Face on Net Neutrality; Black Hat News
Opinion: eWEEK takes a close look at how net neutrality affects individuals; the Black Hat hacker gathering gets revealing.Until now, the net neutrality debate has delivered more entertainment value than substantive discussion over who should pay (or pay extra) for Internet usage, and how much. Jon Stewart on the "The Daily Show" has gotten a lot of mileage out of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens "series of tubes" Senate floor speech. Someone has even created a Series of Tubes dance remix. Part of the reason the net neutrality debate hasnt gotten much traction is because, like Stevens, we all have our own definition of what net neutrality is and how it will affect us. To that end, eWEEK Senior Writer Wayne Rash talked with four people who each have a different spin on net neutrality and what it means to them. The little guy, like doctors in rural Alaska or teachers in inner-city Washington, are worried that any moves toward tariffs on high-bandwidth traffic by the telcos will cut themand their patients and studentsoff from the world.
Small Web-based companies such as Guba that serve video downloads and the like are concerned that consumers will end up with less choice and more cost. Meanwhile, what multinationals such as Siemens fear isnt access or cost, but excess regulation that could revert us back to the days of circuit-switched telephones.