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originally posted by: Open_Minded Skeptic
a reply to: SlapMonkey
Uh, no. Net neutrality is like saying all cars MUST go 70mph on a freeway, without regard as to who makes them or sells them. What the donald and his ilk are pushing is like saying "Well, if you (GM, Ford, etc) pay us, then your kind of car can go 70, but if you don't pay us extra (new maker of cars), then you can only go 40."
originally posted by: Kali74
There was such a huge resistance to ending Net Neutrality last time. It's like crickets now.
originally posted by: AnonyMasona reply to: SlapMonkey
Right now you pay an ISP company (Internet Service Provider) some amount of money per year to have access to the Internet. That connection is known as "dumb pipe" It's a connection to the Internet that has no restrictions on how you use it and it treats all your packets as equals meaning they can flow freely to and from what ever server/client connections you choose to make.
What killing Net Neutrality does is replace those "dumb pipes" with "toll pipes" or "restricted pipes". The big ISP companies will be able to discriminate against certain types of traffic with zero restriction. The FCC laws that are in place right now are there so that ISP corporations can't make deals with other companies to monopolize the Internet. Without those laws there will only be a set of suggested guidelines that no ISP corporation would ever abide by. Meaning that if you want to connect to Netflix or Hulu and stream movies? That will cost you an extra 10.00 dollars per month. You want to play video games with your buddies online? that's an extra 10.00 dollars per month. You want to us an email service outside of the ISP network? There's another 10.00 dollars per month. And that's just the beginning. ISP's have never wanted to be just "dumb pipe" connections. They want priority to go to their content first, and any outside content that isn't on their approved list will get filtered away through restrictive connection speeds.
The damage to the user is two-fold. You'll have to pay higher costs to use the Internet and you'll have to deal with corporate censorship of content big ISP companies decide doesn't need to be given equal treatment. Which is flat out bull. It's not up to a corporation to decide what content should or should not be shared on the Internet. Case and point would be a member of ATS wanting to view this site. Unless the owners pay more to the hosting company or switch to a hosting company that has a deal with the corporations ATS traffic get relegated into the "restricted pipe" until they decide they want to cut a deal with an ISP.
It is not outside of the scope of the Federal Government to maintain a fair and open platform on the Internet. Placing all power in the hands of the companies who provide connections is a big mistake. Look at banking. Things tend to get corrupted very quickly when the regulators of an industry are the very same people working for those companies. Having ISP corporations essentially self regulate themselves is a huge mistake. The Internet will never be the same after Net Neutrality dies.
”The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed on the internet is smothering innovation, damaging the American economy and obstructing job creation." The comments go on to "urge the Federal Communications Commission to end the bureaucratic regulatory overreach of the Internet known as Title II and restore the bipartisan light-touch regulatory consensus that enabled the Internet to flourish for more than 20 years. The plan currently under consideration at the FCC to repeal Obama's Title II power grab is a positive step forward and will help to promote a truly free and open Internet for everyone."