Net Neutrality

@dark_joev (3043)
United States
December 23, 2010 1:25am CST
As this was has become an hot button issue I decided to go out and look for some more information on the issues so here are some of the videos I have found on the recent network neutrality and why the FCC is looking at getting into this for the second time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhpdqoG5tKw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTshrURtcjU I think this is actually more along the correct lines. I have to admit now I think I let some people get the fearmongling going on inside me of some evil company primarily Comcast because I dislike them I should of thought it out some more as well what company would start to block access to some sites as it would create a market for their competitors to steal users from them. So I am now in agreement with the FCC not being involved with this as Companies and the Market will protect the whole thing.
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@MntlWard (880)
• United States
25 Dec 10
Companies have no interest in protecting net neutrality. They'd very much like to keep you from viewing their competitors' websites as well as prevent you from reading any negative info about their company. Net neutrality isn't some new thing that the FCC just created last Tuesday. It's been a part of the internet since the very beginning of the commercial internet. (I can't say for sure if it was there in the DARPAnet years.) The internet not only survived but thrived under this rule, and it's necessary to protect free speech on the internet.
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@MntlWard (880)
• United States
25 Dec 10
The problem with your plan is that it doesn't work if *no* ISP offers net neutrality.
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@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
26 Dec 10
Well currently not a single ISP has violated said net neutrality. They have recognized that consumers want it. It would create a market for a new ISP to start up if no one offered it. It will be harder for them to change the way the internet works. They are currently being allowed to throttle down certain sites if they are using high amounts of bandwidth. Netflix and Hulu for examples. Comcast is also the only ISP that has been found to of even done this much however this huge issue started on two ISPs not working together Level3 not paying Comcast for taking on the extra amount of flow going to Netflix. So far since the WWW was created not a single ISP has made a move on net neutrality.
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@MntlWard (880)
• United States
26 Dec 10
ISP's have been lobbying to have the rule removed. How is that not making a move on net neutrality? The ISP's have had a huge advantage in their lobbying efforts in that so many people have not ever heard of net neutrality while so many others have been convinced it's a government takeover. If the ISP's had already implemented everything they want to do while the FCC was still asking for opinions from the public, then there'd be a big outcry from all those customers who (using a hypothetical example) can't get to target.com anymore because their ISP has a contract with Wal-Mart. (I'm not beating up on Wal-Mart. It could just as easily be Target that makes the contract with the ISP.) Like you said earlier, businesses care about the bottom line. The ISP's are looking to increase their bottom line by charging both their users and the businesses that want access to those users. That could come in the form of exclusive contracts which would prevent the user from visiting the competitors of the contract holders, or it could come in the form of a steep fee that corporations can afford but small businesses can't. I am glad that you understand the importance of net neutrality, but I don't see how the free market is going to preserve it when ISP's are working so hard to eliminate it. Here's a good website for info about the subject: http://www.savetheinternet.com/
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
23 Dec 10
I like to try to stay on top of things, understand how the world works, form opinions, but net neutrality is a hard one for me. I can see both sides. One side is protecting the free market from government regulations, on the other side is big business trying to control something that they didn't even create. Push comes to shove I will always side with allowing the free market to regulate itself, until the free market proves that it cannot.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
23 Dec 10
All you have to do is look at other Regulatory Agencies in the Government and see what a mess they have made of this country to see that Net Neutrality would become the next boondoggle for the users.
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
23 Dec 10
Well net neutrality is currently in place but there is a fear right now that it is under attack by companies but the market would be the deciding factor in this. Right now the major threat to the internet could be over zealous copyright laws.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
23 Dec 10
I took the time to read the copyright lable on a CD I purchased. It stated that I had permission to use the CD on one machine and for my own personal use. It could not be played before a group of people even if I did not charge them to listen. I am not as worried about a business coming after me as I am the regulators. Many times they go after the little guy because he/she can not afford to defend them selves.
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
24 Dec 10
If you own a piece of software or run Windows on your computer. Microsoft could at any point could come to your house and tell you they want Windows back an you would have to give them it back.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
27 Dec 10
If the government gets control, I can see it becoming political; so I would rather they keep their paws off the internet. Most industries can fix themselves, if fixing is needed. When the government gets involved, they usually make a mess of it.