Of course, you like to use Google for you web searches.
Here’s what it likely means: You go to Google to do your search, but that URL seems to always load slowly… that’s because your ISP is throttling your access to non-preferred sites. It’s part of the agreement you ISP has with Yahoo!
What other scenarios can you come up with? Maybe you ISP is owned by a Fundamentalist… so somehow those porn sites just don’t seem to load.
Or worse, maybe he’s a staunch Republican… in which case most of the net doesn’t load: except the RNC website of course.
Fare? Sure it is… this is free-market capitalism at its “best”… Don’t like your service, the market will fill the void. Except it really isn’t easy to break into the ISP market… oh well.
Of course, there’s the progressive argument: The argument that states open, unrestricted access to ALL information is what the internet is all about… and regulations should be put in place to make sure that part of the internet ISP playing field isn’t “competed” (i.e. screwed with).
That’s exactly what a bunch of progressive (mostly Democratic) congress-people proposed. Of course, the “market economy solves all problems” crowd would have none of that. The House passed a version of telecommunications reform June 8, after rejecting the Democratic proposal to establish network-neutrality requirements for broadband providers. The proposal, which barred blocking, impairing, degrading, or discriminating against lawful content, was rejected by 211 Republicans and 58 Democrats.
Amazingly an incredibly diverse set of groups has come together to champion just such a bill in the Senate. Groups ranging from the Christian Coalition, Gunowners of America, and Moveon.org want the government to ensure "network neutrality."
Do you? Doesn’t government have a role here? … in protecting the “public interest”.
Well, most of the Republican’s in congress don’t think so. They think pandering to Ma-Bell and the big cable companies makes better public policy.