RIAA’s new three strikes plan is the same initiative being proposed in France and the UK: have the user disconnected if he fails to respect the rules. The plan would have the ISP warn the user two times for having downloaded illegal content. The third time’s a charm and the ISP magic would turn into a “account suspended” spell.
Despite all the reports placing both Comcast and AT&T in the same initiative boat as RIAA, the two companies chose to remain quiet for the time being. Their silence is not that hard to understand: should they go public with this, customers would no doubt cancel their subscriptions and take their business to ISPs less eager to take a peek at their activities on the Internet.
Verizon, for instance, has been reported as opposed to such an initiative. No doubt that the company would gain a lot of new customers if the story above wuld be officially confirmed