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Home-Based Hogs

Gary's post below makes some great points, especially in light of reports that AT&T and other ISPs may begin filtering Internet traffic for pirated content. The issue Gary highlights is Acceptable Use Policies, and even if standard business-service contracts deal with the bandwidth issues more appropriately than individual-service agreements apparently do, this is an issue for the enterprise

Gary's post below makes some great points, especially in light of reports that AT&T and other ISPs may begin filtering Internet traffic for pirated content. The issue Gary highlights is Acceptable Use Policies, and even if standard business-service contracts deal with the bandwidth issues more appropriately than individual-service agreements apparently do, this is an issue for the enterpriseAs Gary points out in his post, if the ISP can clamp down on "bandwidth hogs," what happens when your home-based workers evolve in a more porcine direction because they find that video is a good way to be "virtually" at more team and client meetings?

So I'd add to Gary's plea that the FCC investigate these matters, that everyone involved start looking at ISPs, their terms of service, and the whole idea of common carriage, in light of the new realities. Pick any home on just about any street, and you can't assume it's not being used as a branch office of some sort of enterprise. The regulations need to take that into account.