Here it comes: After months of secret negotiations with the players who pushed SOPA, the major Internet Service Providers on the verge of implementing their “Six Strikes” plan to fight “online infringement”. With essentially no due process, AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon will get on your case if you’re accused of violating intellectual property rights — and eventually even interfere with your ability to access the Internet. (You can contest accusations — if you fork over $35.)
According to Wired, “The internet companies may eliminate service altogether for repeat file-sharing offenders, although the plan does not directly call for such drastic action.”
After the first few supposed violations, they’ll alert you that your connection was engaging in behavior that they — the giant corporations that provide your Internet service — deem inappropriate.
And then it gets really dicey: They can make it difficult for you to access the web, or start throttling down your connection. More from Wired:
After four alerts, according to the program, “mitigation measures” may commence. They include “temporary reductions of Internet speeds, redirection to a landing page until the subscriber contacts the ISP to discuss the matter or reviews and responds to some educational information about copyright, or other measures (as specified in published policies) that the ISP may deem necessary to help resolve the matter.”
That’s right: These mega-corporations now claim the authority to undermine your Internet access — and want to serve as judge, jury, and executioner. Tell them to back off — or that you’ll start looking for other places to bring your business.