Tuesday August 13, 2013

Google Fiber Continues Awful ISP Tradition of Banning Servers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted an editorial today detailing its belief that Google Fiber banning servers is "unreasonable" and a "power grab by ISPs that damages user freedom and chills innovation."

In a Wired piece published recently, Ryan Singel assails Google's newfound hypocrisy when it comes to net neutrality. And he's right. Having spent many years fighting to stop Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from discriminating between different types of Internet traffic, the tech giant is now perpetuating a long-standing form of that discrimination with Google Fiber, its own ISP, by adopting a terrible Terms of Service clause that bans the use of "servers." Google's ban on servers is sadly not a departure from the norm, as similar prohibitions can be found within the Terms of Service of other large ISPs.

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