I’ve been following this for awhile now. The CRTC are having hearings into this topic right now. I don’t think there should be any DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) going on by anyone. What flows through the internet should be free from any kind of obstruction no matter how well intended it is said to be. Of course with such “freedoms”, you have to accept the bad (spam, etc) along with the good. Thats the way it is.
The company I work for now does over the internet voting. Imagine if Bell decided that it wanted to influence the outcome of an election. Bear in mind that the federal government has OK’d the idea of using electronic voting in the future. If they knew that most of the NDP votes would come from Saskatchewan, it would be nothing for them to use their DPI techniques to identify that someone was voting and then somehow either slow that vote down to the point that it actually got missed in the voting process, or was otherwise influenced, perhaps changed to reflect whatever their voting preference might be.
This is the kind of techniques they are using RIGHT NOW on what we’re sending over the internet. They look at what is going through their network, then decide how to influence it. Slow it down, or redirect it somewhere else, perhaps again through a slower “pipe”. Who’s to say then that someone like Bell could then strike up a deal with Microsoft to cause/allow only IE browsing to have precedence over Firefox browsing. How would you like that? This is why groups are advocating that doing such things as DPI are counter productive to a free competitive software creation environment.
I’m against all of this crap. I think the companies that are currently doing it should be punished AND that another issue in Canada that may be apart of this whole thing is a lack of competition. Depending on where you live in Canada, all of your internet traffic eventually goes through one of the three major networks. Bell, Rogers or Shaw, whose network was built up over the decades by publicly funded money. Yes, we paid for all of it. Now we have to suffer because none of those three have any further desire to increase capacity. All they want to do is to take the easy way out, and try to “manage” their throughput capacity through DPI and other such similar techniques.
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