Net Neutrality Threatened

Update: As reported by the BBC:

“US politicians have rejected attempts to enshrine the principle of net neutrality in legislation.”

Google themselves are asking for people to petition against a bill going through US courts:

In the next few days, the House of Representatives is going to vote on a bill that would fundamentally alter the Internet. That bill, and one that may come up for a key vote in the Senate in the next few weeks, would give the big phone and cable companies the power to pick and choose what you will be able to see and do on the Internet.

Today the Internet is an information highway where anybody – no matter how large or small, how traditional or unconventional – has equal access. But the phone and cable monopolies, who control almost all Internet access, want the power to choose who gets access to high-speed lanes and whose content gets seen first and fastest. They want to build a two-tiered system and block the on-ramps for those who can’t pay.

Hopefully, the proposal won’t go anywhere, but if it does it threatens to have wide reaching impacts including over this side of the pond.

If it does, then what sort of prices are going to be charged, and how will content be rated. Will individual sites have to lobby to be included in the high priority lanes, will they have to pay?
ISPs are already the winners on the ‘net, shouldn’t we be looking for ways to increase availability to remote users rather than limited those who are already limited?


Google SketchUp (free)

Google (who recently bought SketchUp) have split it into two products.
There is now the free version ‘Google SketchUp‘, and SketchUp Pro.

The more important part of the news release, as far as I’m concerned, is the 3D Warehouse, a user-contributed collection of SU components – essentially a direct competitor to my SketchUp Components Collection.

I’m glad there is now a free version, but of course have some reservation over the launch of the 3D Warehouse.
This is the first time that Google has directly affect me personally. (Chances are that the SCC will suffer)


Google buys @Last (SketchUp)

Official Google Blog: A new home for @Last Software

Why is this relevant to me?
I’m on @Last Google’s partners page!