"The nation's largest telephone and cable companies — including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner — want to be Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won't load at all.
They want to tax content providers to guarantee speedy delivery of their data. They want to discriminate in favor of their own search engines, Internet phone services, and streaming video — while slowing down or blocking their competitors."
Isn't this taking things a little too far? What happened to free enterprise? Worse, what happens to freedom for you and me?
Does this have anything to do with being frugal? You bet it does. If the free flow of information is stopped or slowed to a crawl, there won't be any small frugal web sites or communities or blogs... but wait. We have some pretty powerful allies. I can't see Google or Yahoo standing for it. Why should they have to pay fees to do the same thing they're doing now? Is this for real? Can it really happen or even be vaguely possible?
I don't know. All I know is that if something like this does occur, the internet and the world will be a much poorer place. I will be shocked if it does, but I've been shocked by this world before.