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Re: France's ISP deploys ad blocking via firmware update
said by Kearnstd:+1. I block ads routinely using several different tools... but it's because I choose to, not because somebody else decides for me what to block. I believe in freely-available information on the Internet connections at user sites, ads included. I don't want either a Great Wall of China or a Great Wall of ISP interfering in any way with user access, even on a default basis that might be opted out of. If the ISP wants to offer ad blocking as an option for the user to choose, that's their choice as a business... but the potential for abuse or bribed bias will nevertheless exist. As you noted, the precedent of an ISP blocking information selectively is a dangerous path to embark upon...
This is bad, Very bad. Because it removes the control from the customer and places it with the ISP. Also when ISPs start blocking it takes things down a potentially dark path. ...
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