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May 13, 2006 / jadettman

The COPE Act

Currently, there is an act moving through Congress to make the internet more difficult to access for the common person. It is called the COPE Act.

This is how the situation breaks down: several big telecom companies feel that they should be able to control what internet-content their subscribers view because, in their opinion, the companies own the bandwidth.

So, owning the bandwidth, why should Big Telecom allow the people who pay them a monthly fee to use said bandwidth to view whatever content they want? Surely, despite the monthly fees that they are being paid for said bandwidth use they should be able to restrict the content that can be viewed on that bandwidth.

I mean, really, who the hell do these customers think they are? Don’t we really owe Big Telecom simply for the bandwidth that they so graciously allow us to use for some reason?

Oh, wait, that’s right we pay them money in exchange for that service!

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  1. JP / May 19 2006 12:34 pm

    I haven’t read it, but here at least is a link to some more information:

    http://www.storiesonvideo.com/cope.html

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