The Web is the New Postal Service?

According the U.S. Department of Justice, the delivery of Internet service should be no different than how the postal service delivers mail.

This means ISPs should have the ability to charge different fees to provide consumers with different kinds of service. If you want your traffic considered high priority you would pay a higher fee than traffic considered to be second or third-class – just like the post office has different rates for first-class, overnight and bulk service.

So goes the Justice Department submission to the Federal Communications Commission, which should be happy happy joy joy news for anyone who doesn’t believe in Net Neutrality – the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated the same. In making its decision, the Justice Department contends Net Neutrality could harm the Internet’s evolution by discouraging ISPs from upgrading or expanding their networks.

Is this just another blow to Net Neutrality? Is it a sign that we’re rumbling towards a day when the Internet will stop being a level playing field. It sure look that way – at least from here. It is strange that while the Net Neutrality debate rages on in the U.S., the silence is deafening in Canada. It’s like the CRTC is closing its eyes, and hoping the issue somehow disappears or magically resolves itself.

You can read the U.S. Justice Department press release here. Cynthia Brumfield is puzzled why the DOJ issued a press release, calling it a “little weird, given the nature of the filing”.

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  • bill burns

    You might know the DOJ is just like the Postal Service SLOW. If we all wait to receive our packets (email etc) like the postal service delivers mail we may never receive it. Let the people vote on this. All packets should be treated equally.