December 27, 2005
Where is the free of charge ISP that I will get to use to obtain these materials? Is this a service the SEC is going to to offer to the public, in direct competition with commercial ISP providers? That fact is there is no such thing, the proposal is flawed on that basis.
Also, if this is to go forward it needs to include service level performance requirements and fines for companies that do not provide sufficient infrastructure to facilitate timely retrieval performance.
Leave it the way it is, where I can opt-in if I have the financial capability and live in an environment that allows me to use the technology efficiently, but that does not allow companies to exclude those who do not -- by default. To do so would not only exacerbate the digital divide in this country, but also the financial divide that is growing more severe -- and would effectively limit stock ownership to the wealthy.