Potentially threatening moves afoot: see discussion thread Re: Major ISPs to implement "Six strike" rule
- the discussion stems from the post at Demand Progress.org: Tell ISPs: No Punitive "Six Strikes" Plan -- Or We'll Take Our Business Elsewhere
I personally wonder if this isn't a pincer move - likely to be a fait accompli
- by the State in collaboration with the **AA.
It otherwise rather looks like the thin end of a very big wedge.
The implications could be pretty stunning. Assign regulation and monitoring responsibility to the **AA or those service providers selected by the **AA. At the moment, there may
be some possibility that an Internet services user/consumer could "take their business elsewhere", but watch this space and see if that potential doesn't evaporate to become a myth.
For example, consider the possibility that only "licensed" ISPs will be approved to provide Internet services, and they won't get a licence if they don't enforce the "Six Strikes" policy (or whatever it mutates into) in its entirety.
The US$35 you would have to pay to even start to assert your rights
would seem to be unconstitutional. If it goes ahead, then you might be able to expect that price
to multiply a hundredfold to make it prohibitively expensive to fight for your rights. Best to just capitulate then.
Where I wrote:
How bad could the loss of Intenet freedoms get?
Try this for size - maybe coming to a State near you soon...
Google Users in Pakistan Suffer as ISPs Block Sites Without Reason
I guess it couldn't be all that bad really - I mean, you'd at least still be able to browse the local government websites and government-approved websites.
- I couldn't really have foreseen that a US "free-market" prototype version of the Iranian model - i.e., along the line of this Six Strikes model - was already on the drawing-board.