Tolls on the internet superhighway?

CNN.com reports that major U.S. phone companies would like to change the pay structure of the internet. They would like to effectively create a “toll lane” and give preferential treatment to those who pay more. They would provide a “tiered service” whereby pay subscribers would get priority treatment for “data packets.” Information such as email, video content etc., when sent across the internet, is split into data packets. Sometimes these packets are sent out-of-order, and then reassembled at their destination. However, this process sometimes causes delays. While not usually a big deal if this causes a delay in receiving an email, but delays with video and audio content are noticeable and annoying. The “tiered service” would give packet priority to paying customers…

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U.S. schools crack down on MySpace.com

Reuters reports that the Rhode Island Network for Educational Technology claims that 80 percent of the state’s schools have requested an internet filter to screen out MySpace.com. The site is a virtual hangout for millions of U.S. teens, but also accused of being a magnet for online sexual predators. School districts in Florida have also requested the filter, and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is currently investigating a number of sexual assaults involving MySpace.com…

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