Interesting article by Wendy Davis of Online Media Daily about Cox Communications's interference with the principle of net neutrality:
Cox's Plan To Interfere With Net Traffic Draws CriticismComplete article
by Wendy Davis
Cox Communications' new traffic-shaping plan is drawing harsh criticism from some net neutrality advocates.
"It is certainly a horrible idea and it's not the way the Internet ought to work," said Robb Topolski, chief technology consultant for broadband advocacy groups Free Press and Public Knowledge. "When I first heard about it, I thought it was an early April Fool's joke."
Cox, the third-largest cable company, said Tuesday that it intends to test a plan to manage congestion by occasionally prioritizing "time sensitive" traffic while slowing down other, less urgent material. The time-sensitive traffic includes Web streaming, email, instant messaging, games and remote connectivity. The material categorized as susceptible to delay includes bulk transfers of data for storage or file access, peer-to-peer protocols, software updates and Usenet newsgroups.
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