It has been announced by some of the major Internet Service Providers (ISP's) in America that they will be participating in the Copyright Alert System. There already exists plenty of media and discussions written about this topic, however I would like to open some discussion here at the Internet Storm Center. The crux of the Copyright Alert System is the illegal downloading or distribution of copyrighted media. The ISP's are now moving to a six strike system where a user or business will be provided six notifications, after which time the ISP will begin active intervention. This active intervention could be in the form of pop-up notifications, site redirection, bandwidth reduction, and possibly service interruption. I am not singling out any one provider, only the approach and practice as a whole.
It is my intention and hope that on this slow summer weekend to stir some discussions here at the Storm Center on the possible impacts in this change of Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). One of my first and foremost concerns is the impact to voice services. Voice over IP (VoIP) in many places has replaced traditional voice services (fixed, copper-based, Time Division Multiplexing) for home telephone services. Is it conceivable that a service provider would ever redirect traditional voice services in this manner? What is going to happen when I pick up my VoIP telephone to make a call, while I am in dispute with my ISP over the current usage of my internet service?
So it is today that I ask our readers regarding this policy What say you? I look forward to the discussions.
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