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IowaCowboy
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Springfield, MA
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Common carrier

I'd like to see broadband ISPs be declared common carriers and be subject to state DPU regulation like telephone providers.

Internet is becoming more like a utility and less of a luxury.


TAZ

join:2014-01-03
Tucson, AZ
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I've got an even better solution.

Give them a choice: they can be a common carrier and not have any responsibility for data they carry, or they can choose not to be but assume responsibility for data they carry.

So what that means is next time someone downloads kiddie porn over Verizon's network, McAdam's door gets kicked down and he's charged with distributing CP.

Let them run to common carrier status LOL.


IowaCowboy
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said by TAZ:

So what that means is next time someone downloads kiddie porn over Verizon's network, McAdam's door gets kicked down and he's charged with distributing CP.

That would be like charging the bus driver with murder when a passenger (who he has little control over) uses the bus in a drive-by shooting.


TAZ

join:2014-01-03
Tucson, AZ
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said by IowaCowboy:

said by TAZ:

So what that means is next time someone downloads kiddie porn over Verizon's network, McAdam's door gets kicked down and he's charged with distributing CP.

That would be like charging the bus driver with murder when a passenger (who he has little control over) uses the bus in a drive-by shooting.

That's correct. If they don't want that liability, they can choose to become a common carrier, which would mean they just neutrally pass bits along without regard for what they mean. (That's how it should be, I mean.)


IowaCowboy
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And buses are considered a common carrier unless the bus is marked "Not for hire" on the exterior.

I know Baystate Medical Center forces their employees to park offsite at a remote lot and take shuttle buses to the hospital. The buses they use are marked not for hire, which exempts them from common carrier. Another common carrier example is taxi cabs and freight companies.

The definition of a transportation common carrier is they must accept all loads or passengers as long as a fee is paid, there is space, and it is safe.

I've also seen tow trucks marked not for hire as well.
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I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.

I have not and will not cut the cord.