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Re: Comcast using IPS to protect the Internet from their home user clients?
From: merlyn () stonehenge com (Randal L. Schwartz)
Date: 10 Mar 2004 13:58:09 -0800

"Exibar" == Exibar  <exibar () thelair com> writes:

Exibar> I know the "feeling" behind what you typed, but you really
Exibar> don't mean what you typed.  Filtering should not be done by
Exibar> the ISPs, they should provide a pipe, and that's it.

But they also have the right/responsibility to enforce an AUP, and to
play "good net neighbor".

In this case, they are disconnecting users who are violating AUPs
or causing them to collectively no longer play "good net neighbor".

It's not censorship.  It's especially not "censorship" when it's a
private company (you can always take your business elsewhere).

"Freedom of the press" doesn't mean you get to use everyone's press
for free, or that everyone gets a free press.  Comcast is entirely
within their right to cut people off as clients or from the net or
both.  It's their wires.

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