Consumer Demand Solves “Net Neutrality”

by on May 18, 2006 · 8 comments

Ars points out how Skype plans to use, and has used, consumer demand to prevent being blocked by ISPs.

Skype’s battleplan is simple. If their user base is large enough, companies will think twice about tampering with Skype traffic. When Brazil’s biggest telecom pulled the plug on Skype, the outcry in the country was big enough that the decision was soon reversed. [The head of Skype’s European operations, James] Bilefield said, “The community has the power to change things.”

If consumers want unfiltered Internet access, they’ll get it. Regulators, go away.

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