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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Tiers = racket....

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, put a post on his blog the other day advocating tiered internet service, which has created quite a stir.

What's tiered internet service? It's a model of internet service where people or sites get preferred treatment from internet providers, for a price. It's basically, "pay us more, or you get worse (maybe even no) service."

They used to put people in prison for this sort of stuff.

It must be nice for people like Mr. Cuban, who most likely doesn't see his internet bill. Here in the real world, companies such as Comcast charge upwards of $50 per month for access to the internet. To give these companies the ability to charge more, just so they can continue to do what they're already doing, is ludicrous. Google hates the idea (as they should, they'd really take it in the pants if this was to be put into use), and hopefully they'll be a large enough voice to shut this sort of talk down.

Ars Technica has a good article about the idea, and why it sucks (which it does).

I came across this article via my outstanding RSS reader, Sage for Firefox. If you're still not on the RSS bandwagon, you should give Sage a look. It's very light, and has the best interface I've seen for an RSS reader of any kind, whether it was a stand-alone program, in-browser reader, or webpage. One of the things that really sold me on Sage was that it keeps the proper formatting of articles (particularly from this blog), which I was having a lot of problems with using other readers. Also I can get a look at a preview of the article, go to the website, look at the pics, and more. It's great. Check it out.

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