Miro going nowhere without net neutrality

Miro going nowhere without net neutrality

Summary: The speed of your commerce is increasingly determined by the speed of your network, and your ability to use it.


Miro logoMiro, the open source video player, is on a roll.

The company is planning a European tour (hope it goes better than the Spice Girls' tour) following a co-branding announcement which drew immediate support, including Germany's public broadcaster.

The new version of the software has improved BitTorrent support based on libtorrent.

I would love to offer a full review but I can't. I get my broadband from Comcast, which has decided to throttle the protocol to protect its own monopoly on video.

Could I switch ISPs? Yeah, to AT&T. No thanks. How long will it be before they do the same thing?

Therein hangs the problem. Many countries, using a regulatory model based on our 1996 Telecommunications Act, have separated the delivery and transport of Internet services.

The present Administration has reversed this, creating a duopoly in which many consumers just have two choices for broadband, and others have just one.

It is in the interests of this CorporateNet to rigidly control what you do online, and probably in the interests of police agencies to control you as well.

But it's not in the interests of technology. It's not in the interests of users. And it's not in the nation's best interest, since the speed of your commerce is increasingly determined by the speed of your network, and your ability to use it.

Today is a Primary Day around most of the country. We the people have the power to change this policy. That's not considered a high-profile political issue. But it should be.

Topics: Broadband, Browser, Networking, Open Source, Telcos

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  • "Net neutrality" ...

    ... means only not charging companies for the bandwidth they use, but spreading the costs to all customers.

    What you're talking about is restricting particular providers for commercial advantage. That's supposed to be illegal under current rules. Unless there's some kind of anti-piracy exception(?).

    How did you find out that's happening?
    Anton Philidor
  • RE: Miro going nowhere without net neutrality

    I agree that net neutrality is an absolute must. We need to add that issue to the long list of issues to be redressed, once that idiot Shrub leaves the Oval Office.

    Here's hoping that the American people make their wishes very plain on this Super Tuesday.
  • Dana Read This


    Also, take a look at [url=http://deluge-torrent.org]Deluge[/url] which in addition to full message stream encryption, 'randomizes' ports (away from the standard BitTorrent port) and supports Distributed Hash Tables, all of which makes ISP 'deep packet inspection' ineffectual.

    Good Article Dana!
    D T Schmitz