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Network neutrality – a term basically meaning that an internet access provider does right what the name supposed: Providing access to communication network for example using a DSL line, a modem dialup network or a permanent connection, regardless of whether you’re just hosting non-commercial websites, doing personal mail communication or run a big online business. Neutrality means that access to the network should be independent of what content you are about to transmit, about what you’re intending to use your line for. This seemed to be common up to now, and somehow it even seems to be the right thing, this way: No matter whether I am a company linked to “the internet” using a permanent link or a home user connecting via modem or DSL, I am charged for internet access, I pay for that, and I expect that this should be basically it.

There are efforts underway, however, to get over this. ISPs and telecommunication companies then and now are driving forces behind an US-american regulation attempt allowing to end net neutrality, basically allowing providers to prefer certain commercial entities on “the internet” while being discriminating against others (or even locking them out). What if one day Google is unreachable using your ISP, because your dial-up provider decided to make MSN search the preferred search engine on its network and thus cut your connection to Google? Right now, this is impossible because of network neutrality, but maybe it will end, soon. Currently, this is mainly is an US-american issue, but it’s not that far away in Germany, too. To keep the internet as we know it up and running, there’s a good deal of importance in getting active about this…



2. Mai 2006

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english , net , politics