Wednesday, February 08, 2006

BellSouth: Let Providers Give Preferential Service

Grant Gross writes on InfoWorld:

Broadband providers need the right to enter into commercial agreements that allow some Web sites to perform better than rival sites, a BellSouth Corp. executive said Wednesday.

BellSouth, as the owner of a broadband network, should be able to charge extra for one search engine to return faster results than others that customers want to go to, said Bennett Ross, BellSouth's general counsel, speaking at the State of the 'Net conference in Washington, D.C.

The success of the Internet has been due to the U.S. government keeping its hands off the Internet, Ross said.

Others at the event, including "father" of the Internet Vinton Cerf, called on the U.S. Congress to pass a so-called net neutrality law, which would allow broadband customers to access any legal Web content and services and attach any legal device they want, while prohibiting broadband providers from giving their partners preferential service.


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