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Europe – Rick Falkvinge

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“Anything that doesn’t fit our preconceived business model is as bad as child pornography, or stealing, and can and should be banned from the internet.” That sums up the boggling arrogance of Big Wireless in regard to Net Neutrality as presented yesterday.

Big Wireless wants to prevent you from using their mobile internet to make voice calls outside of their network.

It boils down to the concept of the free market and open competition. Does a dominant actor have the right to prevent customers from going shopping different parts needed for a service from different suppliers? Do you have the right to buy your refrigerator from one company, and the electricity to run the refrigerator from another company? Do you have the right to ignore demands from Ford Motor Company, where you bought your car, that you only buy gas at Shell?

Of course, says the voice of reason. Of course not, says Big Wireless.

It is about vertical market integration and the resulting harm to the free market. More specifically, it is about the fact that wireless carriers are now offering two levels of the so-called communications stack — where you need a stack of seven specific pieces on top of one another to make a phone call, and each piece can be bought from someplace different.

Big Wireless is now supplying mobile internet as well as mobile voice calls. The voice calls are handled by one piece that rests on top of mobile internet. That piece can come from the wireless carrier, or from another voice call provider such as Skype. Like this:

These are sold separately, as separate products. Yet, buying one and using it in a way that renders the second obsolete — as in using the Internet to make voice calls, outside of the telco’s ticking fee clock — is now painted as stealing.

Let’s take that again: not buying enough is called out as stealing.

We recognize this from another industry which is also dying.

Big Wireless goes even further in its arrogance, and compares calling outside their service to distributing child pornography. Yes. Read that again, and follow the link. “We are blocking child pornography, so we can block this as well.” Note the staggeringly self-righteous attitude here: “We are blocking child pornography, and doing so is just. Therefore, by extension, we may block anything else we don’t like, and doing so is therefore also righteous and just.”

The notion that Big Wireless has the right to destroy the Internet in this fashion is absurd. The notion that they think they have the right to write this cartelization into their agreements is absurder still.

The time is more than ripe for a regulation of the telecoms industry and a legal codification of Net Neutrality to, frankly, put an end to this kind of shit. The unregulated market will not keep the net neutral, just as Standard Oil would do anything to prevent loss of control of the value chain. Still, Standard Oil was convicted of cartelization in the end and broken into pieces, and Net Neutrality is a necessity for long-term jobs and economic growth in Europe.

A good start could be to outlaw any blocking at any level of Internet services. Ironically, the European e-commerce directive already does this by introducing liability to all traffic over the network to any intermediary who starts selecting any traffic. It just hasn’t been enforced. I foresee that the copyright groups could find a very potent weapon here — but they would be very unlikely to use it, as it would immediately lead to no blocking whatsoever, which is the rest of the world’s goal but not theirs.

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About The Author: Rick Falkvinge

Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and is a political evangelist, traveling around Europe and the world to talk and write about ideas of a sensible information policy. He has a tech entrepreneur background and loves whisky.

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    Björn Persson

    As a response to these news, I just set up SIP on my phone. Tele2 do not seem to be blocking SIP as a protocol at the moment. I suppose I will now notice if they start blocking it.

  2. 2

    Unfortunately, the formula “conditions limiting access” http://bit.ly/dFoMSv was successfully inserted by AT&T into 3 out of 5 directives in the telecoms package.

    That means back bone vendors can sell depleted internet to smaller downstream players, and of course to citizens, as long as it is transparent in the contract/agreement (see e.g. diff 2002/19/EC http://bit.ly/ei91aA ), i.e. “we fuck you with the lights on”.

    It might be possible to stop this madness in Sweden, because the conditions must be “allowed by Member States in conformity with Community law”.

    I don’t have the implementation deadline on the top of my head, bit i don’t think it is too late.

    I would expect propaganda for filtering to increase when Riksdagen has to decide.

  3. 4

    Here we are. “Bättre regler för elektroniska kommunikationer” http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/12563/a/149346

    See also TELECOMIX/WEREBUILD http://xwalck.se/nd-remiss-tcx.pdf

  4. 5
    Sven

    The solution is simple – don’t sign an agreement you don’t accept.

    • 5.1
      Anonymous

      First: Who reads all the terms of service when signing up for cell service?

      Second: Therer are only a few cell networks out there. What do you do if ALL of them start censoring your traffic? What do you do if all of them start blocking VPN?

  5. 6
    Putte

    One of the most influential telecom analysts argues forcefully against charging on the application level. Even from a pure business and technology perspective it is a bad idea.

    http://disruptivewireless.blogspot.com/2010/12/why-application-based-policy-and.html

  6. 7

    The end of the net as we know it

    Posted on 21 Jan 2011 at 13:34

    ISPs are threatening to cripple websites that don’t pay them first.

    Barry Collins fears a disastrous end to net neutrality

    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/364573/the-end-of-the-net-as-we-know-it

  7. 8

    Started following a blog for 72 hours now and i ought to say i am needs to like your posts.

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