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Subject: IP: Telecommuters must pay extra for cable VPNs [v2]

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 03:25:44 -0500

>From: "Bob Frankston" <BobRMF17@Bobf.Frankston.com>
>To: "David Farber" <dave@farber.net>
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><http://www.computerworld.com/storyba/0,4125,NAV47_STO66589,00.html>http://www.computerworld.com/storyba/0,4125,NAV47_STO66589,00.html
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>Just one more example of how absolute power corrupts.
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>I remember when I had a modem at home and used it to dial up the computers 
>at school and work. In 1970, Mort Berlan, then head of MIT s phone network 
>assured me that the phone companies could not force me to get a business 
>line. There is no reason to even assume that a VPN is a heavier burden 
>that shared webcams. Remember that a VPN is an application defined at the 
>end points, it is not a service provided by the carrier
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>Move ahead thirty years and we find that the carriers now feel free to 
>eavesdrop on my conversations and tell me whether I am using unapproved 
>packets. What is the reasoning that justifies such intrusiveness? I would 
>think granting the ability to interfere with free speech requires an 
>extraordinary justification.
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>This is only a small part of the larger issue of those who have been 
>trusted with controlling the first mile of connectivity from my home 
>continue to talk about the revenue from new services that they can create 
>and content they can delivery. But this all assumes that they continue to 
>make policies that limit my choice of who I can communicate with. (Yes, I 
>know I can use the phone but that s like saying I can use the post office 
>instead of the Internet.)
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>It is one more reminder why asking for more broadband is self-defeating. 
>The model of broadband being offered is much more like television than the 
>innovative Internet. We need to be very careful about what we ask for -- 
>we might very well get broadband yet still not get the societal benefits 
>of the Internet. That would be tragic.
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>Bob Frankston
><http://www.frankston.com>http://www.Frankston.com
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