reply to post by onequestion
Net Neutrality is one of the most misunderstood issues going today. It has nothing to do with content, it has everything to do with video, and
As an example let's pretend that I own a company that provides streaming video services. Customers give me money and I promise to provide access to
all of the kewl movies and such that I have stored in my datacenters. The customers have a reasonable expectation that a certain level of quality will
be maintained. The problem is that I have promised to deliver something without owning or controlling the medium of transmission.
Now let's pretend that you run an Internet Service Provider. We have customers in common and some of them are complaining that the video they're
getting from me is choppy and frequently hangs.
I call you and I say "hey, you, why isn't my video getting through to my customers?"
You respond with "we limit video to XX% of the bandwidth, in periods of high demand your video may have to wait to get through."
I respond with "you greedy prick, you're throttling my video."
You come back with "yep, you can deal with it, pay to help us upgrade the equipment, or create your own network and deal direct with your
My response is "I don't want to do any of that and I don't think I should have to."
You conclude with "well then, it would appear that you are massively boned. Good day and thank you for calling Comcast."
ISP's do throttle video but it's not aimed at any specific company and they did this even when the FCC net regulations were still in effect. ISPs
have Service Level Agreements with their customers, if they fail to meet the targets they're potentially on the hook for a lot of money and running
video on demand through their network in a "first in first out" manner and disregarding the class of traffic in general could result in them failing
to meet the SLA targets.
There are a lot of opinions out there about what should happen, some people think for example that bandwidth hogs should have to pay more because
they're "using" more Internet. My personal opinion is that video is part of the natural evolution of the Internet and the ISP's need to suck it
up, upgrade, and drive on.
My predictions, not much at all is going to change from the end user's point of view. Some sites might be taken offline but it won't have anything
to do with net-neutrality, it'll be because of court orders from countries who think that their national laws supercede everyone elses desire to say
what they want to say (France and Germany I'm looking at you).
My description of how the Internet operates is extremely simplified but you get the gist.