Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Two Tier Internet

The Manchester Evening News has started to get interested as well.

It reports:

PROPOSALS in America to create a two-tier internet with higher charges for a faster service could spread to Britain.

The US company AT&T is lobbying politicians to allow fast and slow services for traffic, including email. If the move is accepted, British internet service providers such as BT may follow.

All data moving around the net is treated equally and moves at the same speed, whether it is a personal blog or the website of a multinational.

But with the quantity of traffic soaring, there are fears the network could become clogged. US service providers want to be able to charge customers to give their data priority.