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Net Neutrality: Let There Be Laws
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Michael Endler
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
11/12/2014 | 12:24:34 PM
re: Government knows best - NOT!
But doesn't what you're suggesting impede the ability of the next YouTube/ Netflix/ etc to organically rise up?
User Rank: Ninja
11/12/2014 | 11:22:27 AM
re: Government knows best - NOT!
No one pushing net neutrality, where all bits are treated equally badly, just as how people are treated under socialism or communism, can explain to me how this is in the best interest of consumers who want streaming to work without buffering or businesses that rely on it for their business model.  If I am perfectly willing to pay Netflix a dollar a month so they can negotiate prioritization of their bits along various pipelines or trunks, such that streaming works well, then why shouldn't that be allowed? Netflix stays in business, me, the consumer is happy to have an alternative to the cable company, and the ISP gets a bit more money to plow back into making their infrastructure better. Everyone wins.  If we go back to a system where streaming doesn't work during prime usage times, then no one wins and we are back where we were 5 years ago, only worse. Why not let the free market work to make things better instead of coming in with the heavy hand of government, screwing it all up?
User Rank: Strategist
11/12/2014 | 10:03:29 AM
Re: An usual, the government knows best --- Not!
This is a very overreaching argument against regulation. Properly enforced regulations simply create a framework by which all paticipating entities have to comply. The rest is left up to the free market system to fill in the gaps. These empty spaces in the regulatory framework are where innovations take place. Competition between players still exists and market forces steer competition and foster innovation. Any argument against regulation sounds like someone complaining about playing by the rules. Professional sports are regulated - yet nobody complains about that. Consider what football, baseball, or basketball would be like without rules. It would be practically unwatchable. Realizing there needed to be a standard, rules were put into place. However, those rules didn't come from the government. So, playing by a set of rules is not a bad thing.

Is it possible for government regulations to go too far? Sure. That's why there are debates about these issues. In this case of Net Neutrality, the proposed regulations will simply ensure a fair and level playing field. It won't dictate what ISPs should do but what they shouldn't do. The things they shouldn't do are what people don't want. If I pay for unlimited Internet access or a certain speed I should expect to get that and not have my access controlled or my bandwidth limited because the ISP decides to do so for a client that simply paid more money. Netflix is mentioned quite often and ISPs complain about streaming services taking up bandwidth. But, this is an interesting argument since Netflix and Netflix's subscribers are simply utilizing what they already paid for. Netflix can only upload as fast as the bandwidth that they have. Need more space, buy more bandwidth.

What's the problem? The problem for the ISPs is that they've scaled their infrastructures on the premise that not all of the limited bandwidth they have made available would be utilized. Therefore, when there is an increase in demand then they need to put in more infrastructure. Competition is keeping the pricing to subscribers down so they don't want to spend money on new infrastructure. As a result, they decide to throttle usage or make high-usage players pay more for "prioritized" service. But, prioritizing one service means another has to suffer. Now, is that fair to those who expect a certain product but don't get it? Nobody has ever asked for something for nothing. We are all paying for it and we should get what we pay for.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/12/2014 | 9:59:57 AM
Re: An usual, the government knows best --- Not!
I get what your saying, but look how greedy companies are getting with internet (Mobile broadband mainly). They are realizing cable is out the door and they are trying to squeeze every penny they can out of people. For years they have ripped people off with cable (i used to work for Time Warner Cable i know this). Companies like TWC, Comcast, etc. makes lots of money off of adsales yet charges us for the channels. They are double dipping and have for years.

If i had it my way pretty much an entire layer underground would be pure glass LOL (not literally obviously). THe internet pipelines should be constantly upgraded as its an infrastructure that is a necessity anymore. As much as our stupid government waste money on crap....maybe they could waste it on infrastructure ;-).


Everyone needs checked here, so don't make it seem like the corporations are innocent as they are just as warped and twisted as our Government......oh wait corporations are the US Government...silly me
User Rank: Apprentice
11/12/2014 | 9:39:41 AM
Writer confusing net neutrality with regulated access - two differrent subjects
OK - colour me confused. The title says net neutrality and the article starts out that way. Then in his example from a small local ISP the writer dives into regulated access to physical facilities. That is a completely different subject - and tying them together does a disservice to both. Is there an agenda here? Hard to tell, but this really should have been two different articles.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/12/2014 | 9:16:21 AM
An usual, the government knows best --- Not!
Let's see how well government regulation has worked in the past.  Prior to 1990's, we could use modems because that was all that AT&T and the phone competitors were allowed.  Usage costs were high. 

Then deregulation and the options opened.  Amazingly, modem use drop as other options became available.  Surprisingly, when the market is allowed to work, better options become available.

Now you want to take a step back so that the government can protect you from the bad guys - the internet pipeline.  All regulation has ever done is increase costs, reduce service performance levels and make it harder to get the job done.

Everyone wants something for nothing.  The Internet has driven this mindset.  If you don't like the costs of one supplier, find another.  Think some firm is making too much profit, then get off your butt and create a business to compete and demonstrate that a superior service is possible at a lower cost.  Quit sitting there asking someone else to do it, let alone the government.

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