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Net Neutrality Vote: EU Will Allow Data Discrimination
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Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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10/27/2015 | 9:05:53 PM
Data discrimination from those who don't like economic discrimination
It sometimes seems as if the Europeans need to do something different from what the U.S. does, just to ensure that there's no confusion over whether they're just followers. They are quite against genetically modified foods, which I can understand for health reasons -- less of an issue here. But they are much more tolerant of smoking, which I do not understand, for health reasons -- not tolerated here. So of course allowing data fast lanes distinguishes them from the approach taken in the U.S. but in the past I felt Europeans were stronger believers in level playing fields and everyone following the same standards. Now there's retrenchment from that. It's puzzling. 
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10/27/2015 | 10:06:11 PM
Re: Data discrimination from those who don't like economic discrimination
It seems the vote was not a bad thing. Nonetheless, the title seems to say otherwise. I'm confused.
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10/28/2015 | 9:50:21 AM
Re: Data discrimination from those who don't like economic discrimination
Although I am sympathetic to the cause of Net Neutrality, what I am more concerned about are the choices of internet access.  Being one of the earlier adapters of DSL, I've been paying double the price for 1/4 download speed now comparing with the speed over a decade ago.  With my only other internet access option being Comcast, there isn't really any option around.  If there were choices and some ISPs decide to provide inferior services regarding Net Neutrality, they would not be in business and other newer and better ISPs would take their place.

In Europe, this scenario is possible simply because the "last mile" of internet access are built as part of public infrastruture, where ISPs compete and provide superior services to customers.  In US, companies like AT&T and Comcast are replied upon to provide the infrastructures and have little incentives to allow competitions like Google Fiber, while racking up record profits with localized monoplies.  Not maintaining an absolute Net Neutrality in Europe might be a concern for the purists, but as long as the infrastruture stays public and the ISP competitions stay fierce, there is not much for European citizens to worry.
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10/30/2015 | 9:02:27 AM
Re: Data discrimination from those who don't like economic discrimination
You make a point. With little choice in providers, there is an effective monopoly in many areas of the country. You only have the options they give you. If the U.S. ever decides to go more in this direction it could be disasterous for consumers who would be forced to pay more to get decent service. I've seen throttling in action when somehow we went over our 'allotted' bandwidth. Around the same time we did everything coming in was exceptionally slow and spotty. As soon as the month rolled over, fast reliable service. Don't think that was a coincidence. Now for the EU companies could get gouged just to get a decent bandwidth for their message. Hopefully they will realize this is not the best solution before it becomes a new normal.

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