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Priority access deals could result in "slow suicide" for ISPs

Nov 22, 2010, 13:03 (1 Talkback[s])
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"As Ars readers know, of late there's been a huge amount of debate about the impact that priority access deals would have on the 'Net. ISPs say they've got to have this option to finance their networks. They've gone so far as to insist that they have the First Amendment right to charge content providers more for better (or not inferior) access to their subscribers.

"Meanwhile, the content companies (especially the game developers) push back that the trend would create walled garden environments and slow down content growth. And the reform groups warn that the plan would allow the ISPs to pick winners and losers on the 'Net.

"But now a significant figure in the discussion is asking whether priority arrangements would hurt the ISPs themselves. In his latest blog post titled "The Slow Suicide of Net Discrimination," Benoît Felten, CEO of Diffraction Analysis, argues that the notion that the ISPs must have this option "is a delusion, and a dangerous one at that.""

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