Friday, June 02, 2006
Word of the Day
Net-Neutrality: Do you think it bothers your Internet provider when you make calls over the Internet free? Then you turn around and cancel their phone service?
Services like Vonage offer unlimited phone usage for about $25 a month. This is much cheaper than a home phone line. Ebay is doing the same thing with a service called Skype, which is completely free. It’s called VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) and it has the phone companies burning mad.
Net-Neutrality is the principle that if you’re paying your phone company for Internet access, they cannot block data because they don’t like the websites or Internet Services you’re using. You can learn more about it here.
This is a red-hot topic in Washington as phone companies pay off politicians to push through a law allowing them to block VOIP traffic.
Interestingly this practice was made illegal in Europe, but is still up in the air in the old U.S.A.
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