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originally posted by: beefydog
a reply to: theantediluvian
There are many things amiss and I see an oversimplification of the Net Neutrality debate on both sides.
Here is something that I found interesting (the paid for grass roots push for NN):
Soros, Ford Foundations ‘Lavish’ $196 Million to Push Internet Regulations
The Industrial Revolution came from the free market, as did the Agricultural Revolution. All we got from progressivism is bigger government, richer cronies, and self serving social science psychobabble. Regulations don't produce anything but unknown consequences.
Quantitative terms assume that all variables are known and controlled. That never happens in economic sitations. You must be a true beleiver in the power of wishful thinking, or blind obiedience.
More unsubstantiated, purposefully vague statements. How would there be more accountability? How would there be more diversity? What actions of the government led to the consolidation of the ISP market? How would there be more redundancy? What actions of the government have impacted the number of backbone providers? What about the role of ISOC, IETF, etc?
Whose the real true believer here? The premise of every argument you make is that everything is better with an unregulated free market regardless of your ability to actually prove it. I'd call that faith. When did the standard of living for most people really increase?
Look at something like the length of the average work week:
1850 - ~70 hours
1900 - ~60 hours
1920 - ~50 hours
How about life expectancy at birth?
1850 - 38.3 years
1900 - 48.23 years
1920 - 56.34 years
One of the big questions this document answers is which Title II regulations the commission won't be applying to internet service. It turns out to be quite a lot: more than 700 rules aren't going to be applied.
The order focuses on three specific rules for internet service: no blocking, no throttling, and no paid prioritization.
The commission does still allow internet providers to perform "reasonable network management," which might affect service. However, there are also strict rules as to what is and is not "reasonable." The commission says that reasonable management is something that primarily has a technical justification, not something that has a business purpose. It also specifically calls out Verizon's attempt to throttle the speeds of people on its unlimited data plans — that, seemingly, will not fly under these rules.
The 400-page order enacting the regulations was posted on the FCC's website two weeks after it was approved on a partisan 3-2 vote by the Democratic-controlled commission.
The actual new regulations take up just eight pages in the FCC's order.
The last 87 pages of the order are statements from the five commissioners, including a 64-page dissent from Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai.
originally posted by: Semicollegiate
If the corps cut off the millions of little guys, the little guys will never buy more internet. Cutting off the little guys would be destroying the future growth of the internet and of the internet providers. In return for a growing internet, an internet that reaches more people in more ways, faster, a shrewd business man should consider paying more now to get more later.