BellSouth Reserves The Right To Port Block

from the so-don't-piss-them-off dept

How quickly things change. For years, US telcos have been claimed that there was no need at all for network neutrality regulations, because they would never (never, ever, we promise!) block usage of their connections. They even pointed out that, if they did start blocking stuff, it would be a publicity nightmare and they'd probably lose customers over it. However, since that time, a few things have changed. High bandwidth apps have become more popular and a few service providers have been able to get away with blocking competitive applications. On top of that, new tools are coming out that will make it easier than ever for service providers to block or simply degrade applications like VoIP. So is it any surprise to see Broadband Reports point out that BellSouth refuses to promise network neutrality and reserves the right to block whatever they want to? Of course, this wouldn't be much of a problem if there were real competition in the broadband space, but the same FCC that won't fully mandate network neutrality has determined that a duopoly is enough competition for everyone.

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    KB, 27 Oct 2005 @ 7:30am

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    As long as Bellsouth makes the consumer aware of these limitations and restrictions prior to contracting service, it seems fair enough to me. If I had already signed a contract and they sprung this on me mid-stream, I'd be raising hell. I think the lesson here is simple... Bellsouth SUX!

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