Canadians are accustomed to "simultaneous substitution" for commercial television, so as the Internet on Cable becomes the Internet as Cable, I suppose it should not surprise that Rogers is experimenting with content substitution on the Internet. Lauren Weinstein reports that Rogers has begun inserting commercial messages into third party web pages. In this particular example, the company inserts a commercial message about its own Internet service into a Google search page. The split screen raises fundamental net neutrality concerns and appears to be a clear case of interfering with content delivery (offering an opt-out is not good enough). The trend therefore continues – Canada trails the U.S. on the net neutrality legislative front, yet it has far more examples of how the dominant ISPs stand ready to interfere with neutral carriage of content and applications.
December 11, 2007
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