Quote Originally Posted by Chroniclemaster1 View Post
I appreciate your opinion Alex, but given all the people who think Google is out of it's mind on this one, I'm still deeply concerned.
I'm not saying I'm not concerned, I'm a firm supporter of net neutrality, but I think the whole situation is being blown out of proportion on the basis of a very loosely defined 2 page scribble which isn't specific in the slightest, which is precisely what the document is... it's not a set of guidelines or rules, it's an overview memo.

Quote Originally Posted by Chroniclemaster1 View Post
Is Google innocent? Could be that they're just stupid and not handling their press releases properly. They wouldn't be the first big company to spawn an unnecessary scandal by bad PR management.
I think Google released a sketch of their views and people focused entirely on what was omitted, not what was stated as if it were set in stone.

Quote Originally Posted by Jerrac View Post
Second, the internet has been built by private companies. They built the infrastructure. They spent a lot of money to get the technology created. To be blunt, they own it. If the government starts infringing on the big companies property rights, how long will it be before mine are taken away?
Jerrac, get your facts straight, the Internet was originally conceived and built by DARPA with funding from the US government and the WWW was developed by CERN which also gets government funding from several nations. The infrastructure was not built by a bunch of dot com investors.

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Third, would you really rather have the Government in charge of the net? Seriously? The only effect that would have is to make things worse. I'd much rather have a big company that I know will be seeking to get as much money from me as they can, than have a government playing games with all kinds of hard to understand regulations. Those regulations would be supposed to do what the government says they do, but would actually do another. That is what happens with most Laws. To give the Government more authority would be utterly stupid.
You do realise that laws still apply to the net so it's not as "free" of a place as you would make it out too be. Intellectual Property law is a perfect example, as is human rights regulations (to try and put an end to sick stuff like kiddie porn), or are you in favour of making the web a true "anything goes" society?

Quote Originally Posted by Chroniclemaster1 View Post
Further, if your competitor pays more money than you do, then they receive additional considerations, better technologies, faster download speeds that they can offer users, or even eliminating your content entirely. A big problem with the Google rules is that they allow ISPs to "restrict" content for legal and copyright reasons.
That already happens worldwide, or have you not heard of bandwidth throttling or caps (to maintain a stable service for all customers), people being kicked off for violating terms of service agreements, tiered service plans (like you pay different amounts for dial-up, DSL, satellite, fibre, T-lines, OC backbones, etc). What you are talking about has been instated for years by many nations, as has restricting content like child porn on the basis of legal and human rights situations.