Check this out. Copowi. A “neutral” ISP just formed..it bills itself as a “social enterprise” instead of a traditional business, and sends free Ubuntu Linux CDs to every new customer. All they need is a price that compares to ATT or verizon. As of now it’s fairly close.
Copowi’s main pitch is a fully neutral network, which it defines as one that provides “equal access to all web sites and online services.” The idea is that usage will be unrestricted and traffic will not be shaped, throttled, or prioritized.
This gives me hope. All we have to do is vote with our checkbook. Soon we could have options-choices that circumvent the monopolies (often for free) just like Linux allows. For now, I do most of my personal computing on Linux PCLOS and do windows networking to make a living.
IMO, Linux is perfect for users with slightly older PC’s that mainly do word proc., email, web surfing and play music. Firefox browser and thunderbird mail are nice. Linux KDE interface is beautiful. Linux is improving and growing fast now thanks to the open GPL and developer/user community. Don’t let the militant linux geeks scare ya. Most users are helpful.