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Re: NYT on Thing.net (fwd)

  • From: Miles Fidelman
  • Date: Tue Jan 14 06:28:04 2003

On Tue, 14 Jan 2003, Paul Wouters wrote:

> > This is exactly why ISP's should not be allowed to have these "we will
> > disconnect you at our sole discretion" clauses.
>
> You can't forbid them. Private enterprises have (and should have) every
> right to manage their own business as they want. Just as it would be both

That's not true at all - private enterprises are subject to a myriad of
laws and regulations.

This is why ISPs should be treated as common carriers - just like telcos.
The primary characteristic of common carriers is that they HAVE TO serve
all customers except under very tightly controlled circumstance, like a
court order against on obscene caller.  Everyone is protected - the telcos
can't tell you who you can and can't call or what you can say on a phone
conversation, and at the same time the telcos are not liable for what you
say.  Common carrier status is typically associated with heavy regulation,
but it need not be.



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