So much for any hope that a Conservative-LibDem coalition would signal a beginning to sane network/information policy in Britain. Ed Vaizey, the new Minister of Culture, has given the go-ahead for a “two-speed,” non-neutral Internet, in which your capacity to access a website or service would depend on whether that service had bribed your ISP. In this model, ISPs could slow down traffic from the sites you love if they don’t pay for “premium access” to you — essentially turning you into a hostage that gets traded around like a prisoner being swapped for a couple packs of cigarettes. So, Vaizey, what next?

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UK gov’t promises to allow telcos to hold Brits hostage on “two-speed” Internet