02 March 2006

Senate bill would bar Internet premiums

Earlier today Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) introduced legislation calling for a “toll free” Internet. Senator Wyden’s bill is in response to increasing pressure from major U.S. telecommunications companies, including AT&T, and Verizon, that the Internet be divided into two “tiers” – one for high speed delivery of voice, video and data, which could be accessed for a fee, and another, “common man’s tier,” for everything else. The concept of charging for faster delivery of data is proving to be extremely controversial.

Reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/02/technology/02online.html

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