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Chile passes law to enforce net neutrality, more

By Matthew ยท 18 replies
Jul 15, 2010
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  1. In a nearly unanimous decision of 100 votes to one abstention, the Chilean Congress today passed a set of amendments to the General Telecommunications Law making it the first country to mandate network neutrality. Bulletin 4915 states that ISPs must not interfere, discriminate, or in any way hinder access to content, applications or services, except for security measures such as virus protection.

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  2. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 845   +38

    I wish the US would do this...unfortunately, we're too busy trying to track down people illegally downloading music/movies/programs. Net neutrality would make it harder for ISPs to block those types of sites. Our government seems to be wanting to be more involved with our lives, which goes against net neutrality.

    But who knows, maybe one day congress will get some sense knocked into them and the US will have this.
  3. @matrix86 Time to vote out any politicians that has their head up the corporation's @ss and receiving money from them.
  4. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,797

    won't happen in the US.

    and it's chile, they have like 40 computers...
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,351   +1,133

    Even soo, thats 40 computers in the right direction :)
  6. How can it be the "right" direction ?

    The web has already become a convoluted mess.

    If world leaders had some back bone we would not have to deal with porn, illegal media sharing, general piracy and what have you.

    Neutrality is just some twisted form of appeasement and appeasement does not work.
  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,024   +1,157

  8. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 845   +38

    There's a thing called "filters". Don't like what you see? Block it. The government needs to stay out of our lives and let us look at whatever we want. They have no right to tell the American people what they can and cannot view. There are no laws against pornography. Certain acts are illegal (underage and animal sex), but you can't make sex itself illegal. Porn may be immoral, but so are violent video games and most of today's movies and TV shows.

    File sharing...no matter what the government does, there will always be file sharing. Why are you so upset about it? How has file sharing hurt you?

    Bottom line, the government has no right to tell us what we can and cannot look at online. They start doing that and next thing you know, we're the next China. Content filtering should be done by parents, not the government and not some guy sitting behind a desk. And all this is coming from a Christian parent. I don't want my child involved in illegal file sharing or porn, so i'll just block that content when she gets to the age where she starts using a computer.
  9. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Wow common sense, thats kinda rare these days. Its good to see some parents still try to make an effort rather than excuses.

    If you removed porn and stopped file sharing i'd have nothing to do :)
  10. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    @matrix86 - wonderfully stated :D


    And Hopefully this will put forth a precedent for other countries, and maybe if enough start adopting similar policies the US might consider it.
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,614   +1,098

    What the hell do you know little kid? Have you been to Chile? Have you actually seen how many computers do we have? I at home have 3 laptops and 2 computers, and I bet you there is at least 1 per home.

    Why do you think this law was passed? In Chile our government has the idea of making of Chile a developed nation over 2020, which is not bad at all, this is the first of many which will make us go that way.
  12. Monsieur, you have been successfully trolled. :p

    However, in case EXCellR8 is half-serious, I agree that he should read up a little on present-day Chile.
  13. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 610

    Net Neutrality is dead, its original purpose got eaten alive by politics and now its more about using the name to get support and in the end actually make the internet more restricted and regulated than ever.

    Its always fun how using a popular name gets the troops behind a useless movement.
  14. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,614   +1,098

    Really? Then why it has just been aproved a law for it in Chile? Sounds... odd.

    Oh and to add something to Julio's numbers, 2 years ago when there were almost 6mill online computers, its a huge number for a 16 mill population. Imagine by now it must have more than doubled.
  15. julianignacio

    julianignacio TS Member

    Chile has an internet usage of 50.4% over the whole population of 16,601,707. That makes 8,369,036 users and the highest internet penetration percentage in South America, with the exception of the Falkland Islands, that has a population of 2,483 and a 100% usage according to www.internetworldstats.com.
    Legislation like the one passed in this country should be the standard for all the world. Information should not be restricted or controlled, that's what internet and the world wide web is all about. What you decide to see is your responsibility.
  16. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 610

    Because in Chile lobbyists didn't get it corrupted to a point where the only neutrality is in the name.
  17. tengeta is correct in his points, the lobbyists have the politicians by the throat in America. Politicians have to listen and do what they say or face a scandal that will destroy their careers. That is why net neutrality in America is a dead horse, a futile movement that has no traction with the current group of political makeup in DC.
  18. The last sentence should have read:

    "That is why net neutrality in America is a dead horse, a futile movement that has no traction with because of the current group of politicians in DC."
  19. I agree, i used to buy internet porn but since october of 2010 i am stayin away from it. The US and canadian governments must make all porn sites not legal and stop going after sites like limewire.

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