We live in a time where we constantly hear about the never ending war on the infringement of intellectual property rights. The media , the public, and the powers that be are so focused on this that a new kind of piracy that is sweeping the country goes unnoticed. Perhaps its the innocent guise (name) of this new high seas hold up, that misleads people. The term "Fair Use Policy" does in an essence seem quite "Fair" does it not. Yet the design of it actually puts a crimp our right to access information (getting the information today , which is not possible when your connection is capped to a measly 64kbps , if you are lucky enough to get that speed)
Before I begin I will admit I am a layman in the world of telecommunication regulation, however I am without a doubt a consissuer of the fine knowledge that the internet has to offer.In fact the internet is one of the key engines that helps churn out " knowledge workers" of today. Not only is the internet is an important medium that allows us to stay in touch with family and friends scattered around the world, it also and I cannot stress this enough, in the rat race that is our daily life the streaming entertainment that it provides is unsurpassed ( considering the at best the lukewarm programming available in the main stream media of our day).
Another interesting point is the "visionaries" speak about the benefits of the internet and it being the key underpinning of our entry into the global economy based around the world wide web.
So why in the name of Tim Bernes-Lee would a regulatory body introduce a policy that allows users to enjoy a small slice of the pie at a premium price and then ask them to go back to either a snail paced speed ( which could be likened to something slightly better than prehistoric dial up connections) or cough up extra money to enjoy the benefits of the internet at speeds which are now the norm. This state of affairs is no better than blatant highway robbery, and robbery supported by regulation nonetheless