[FoRK] [tt] Vint Cerf is

John D. Mitchell jdmitchell at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 13:48:32 PST 2012

On Jan 5, 2012, at 13:40 , Bill Kearney wrote:
> It's easy to throw stones, a lot harder to make the argument.
> I disagree that access is a right.  But I insist that any access when purchased must not be encumbered or otherwise filtered, restricted, (folded, spindled or mutilated...).  I vote such with my wallet when purchasing IP services.
> Thus it seems entirely reasonable to legislate that if access is going to be offered as a saleable commodity to the citizenry that said access be entirely unfettered.  It seems entirely /unreasonable/ to insist that access be provided for as if it were some kind of right (of a constitutional nature).
> So yeah, if you can't afford it you're fucked, now go away you flea-bitten rabble...
> However, this shouldn't preclude anyone or any entity from giving it away. But in doing so they're still be required to offer it without filtering. Plenty of places do this, for various reasons.

++ on all of the above.

> The workplace, however, being the obvious exception.  You're on company time, so it's company rules.  Feel free to seek employment elsewhere or readjust your IP access demands until you're off the company clock/premises.

With the additional constraint that the corporate policies be articulated (clearly) and not retroactively changeable.


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