Tech journalist Jason Miller is all upset about efforts to build better broadband. He thinks a new service offering by Shaw Cable in Canada is proof that Net Neutrality regulations are necessary. Here’s the Shaw announcement on Quality of Service:
Shaw is now able to offer its High Speed Internet customers the opportunity to improve the quality of Internet telephony services offered by third party providers. For an additional $10 per month Shaw will provide a quality of service (QoS) feature that will enhance these services when used over the Shaw High Speed Internet network. Without this service customers may encounter quality of service issues with their voice over Internet service.
Is this the End of the Internet as We Know It? Not really, it’s exactly the sort of thing that Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee says is legitimate:
We pay for connection to the Net as though it were a cloud which magically delivers our packets. We may pay for a higher or a lower quality of service. We may pay for a service which has the characteristics of being good for video, or quality audio.
So who are going to believe, a journalist with an ax to grind or the Father of the Web? Dude, that’s not even a close call.
Miller also claims, falsely, that Shaw offers its own VoIP. Actually, they offer the same kind of triple-play that American cable franchises offer, and it’s nothing to do with IP.
UPDATE: Go see Save the Internet try and spin this story to their advantage. It’s not enough that they were caught lying about Craig’s List, now they want to make the feeble-minded believe a legitimate service upgrade is going to kill the Internet.