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The US Government Wants to Monitor Your Internet Usage

Category: Internet
Posted: June 2, 2010 11:46AM
Author: CheeseMan42

The Federal Communications Commission wants to monitor your internet connection, but not to catch you doing anything illegal. The FCC wants to attach a specialized router to your connection to monitor speed, latency, jitter, and packet loss among others. This is a part of the National Broadband Plan to map internet speed and availability in an attempt to improve internet in the country. The FCC is seeking 10,000 volunteers that have a stable broadband connection, aren't heavy downloaders, and don't have a bandwidth cap. By collecting this data, the FCC hopes to gain valuable information that will help to improve broadband and catch up with other countries in speed, and hopefully price. Volunteers will be able to see all the information collected through a web interface. If you are interested, you can sign up here.



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slick2500 on June 2, 2010 12:23PM
You know the RIAA and MPAA are going to want the FCC to use that special router to collect information to see if people are illegally downloading music and movies.
CowKing on June 2, 2010 01:50PM
maybe, but I don't think the FCC will do that, and the people that sign up for this will be able to see if that is being collected
CheeseMan42 on June 2, 2010 08:35PM
It is possible, but by saying they don't want heavy downloaders they are removing a large chunk of people who do that. To them heavy means anything > 30GB
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Adam on June 4, 2010 08:43AM
No doubt the FCC and MMPA is behind this. They have been hurling millions of dollars at governemtn officials for too many years to not get their way from time to time. By the way, wtf is with the lifetime show add on front page? I'm sure it makes money, but really, lifetime?

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