by Mike Masnick
Tue, Feb 2nd 2010 6:28am
We've pointed this out in the past, but those who support regulations in favor of net neutrality should be careful. Once the lobbyists get done with them, any rules won't resemble what you think they should. The EFF is already up in arms over the fact that the proposed net neutrality rules would allow blocking BitTorrent, even though it was Comcast's blocking of BitTorrent that helped kick off the latest round of attention in net neutrality. That does seem a bit ironic... but, again, it shows that, just because you call something "net neutrality," it doesn't mean it is about a neutral network. With the entertainment industry redefining net neutrality to their own liking (i.e., so that file sharing can still be blocked), you can bet that other lobbyists (including the telcos) will work hard to redefine it to their liking as well.
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