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Internet Tricks in Store for TN Surfers?

July 16, 2007


Typing in website addresses or searching online could soon bring some unexpected results. Favorite Web sites may suddenly run very slowly, or become inaccessible. That's the internet forecast from consumer groups concerned about the Federal Trade Commission plan to drop "net neutrality" that allows people access to any sites via an internet connection. Consumer advocate Ginny Welsh in Nashville says it's a tricky business that would allow broadband companies to shut off, or restrict, customer access to sites unless the site owners pay extra fees.

"Without net neutrality, companies are allowed to put limitations on where you can go. So, things that you want may never appear, or may work so poorly that you ultimately give up trying to get there."

Broadband companies want the rule lifted. They say it will increase competition and allow them to deliver extra high speed access to "premium sites." Welsh says it will destroy the level playing field the internet now provides. Congress can still step in and restore "net neutrality."

Welsh adds that "net neutrality" can be compared to what's expected of telephone service.

"You don't want the telephone company to tell you who you can call, when you can call, and what you can say over the telephone. But that is what broadband service provides want to do when they want to get rid of net neutrality."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - TN