The long running feud that pitted cable and phone companies that wanted to charge based on data traffic and big Internet companies that demanded the Internet retain its neutral origins, has ended. Two of the biggest players, Verizon and Google, appear to have a compromise that could shape how the FCC writes the rules.
The consequences of a world without Net Neutrality would be devastating. Innovation would be stifled, competition limited, and access to information restricted. Consumer choice and the free market would be sacrificed to the interests of a few corporations.
On the Internet, consumers are in ultimate control -- deciding between content, applications and services available anywhere, no matter who owns the network. There's no middleman. But without Net Neutrality, the Internet will look more like cable TV. Network owners will decide which channels, content and applications are available; consumers will have to choose from their menu.
The free and open Internet brings with it the revolutionary possibility that any Internet site could have the reach of a TV or radio station. The loss of Net Neutrality would end this unparalleled opportunity for freedom of expression.
The Internet has always been driven by innovation. Web sites and services succeed or fail on their own merits. Without Net Neutrality, decisions now made collectively by millions of users will be made in corporate boardrooms. The choice we face now is whether we can choose the content and services we want, or whether the broadband barons will choose for us.
Originally posted by dean007
the second they do that i will cancel my internet and never support this
but i will support all the new companies that will start the new internet part 2
it will be a great new internet and we wont even let any of the losers pushing for this on it ever
then they can sell there little net and we will have our big net like always
Originally posted by dean007
like i said maybe it is easier to just let them have it
and the people can start there own fast cheap and fully open internet much how it was originally meant to be
the internet is the only thing keeping me from just going of and living in the forest like grizzly adams
i have honestly had about enough of civilization it really isnt all its supposed to be not even close
the world is a playground for corrupt politicians and i am tired of there rules
Originally posted by psilo simon
Well, if it this happened, I would most likely go offline for good. I know that may be easy to say right now, but I had to get rid off my TV because of how boxed in to consumerism it was, how it touted what trends to follow and what opinions we should have etc...
I remember a time I didn`t have the net, and I`m sure I`d manage.
When I lose a mobile phone, I get vexed for a day or two, but then it fades and I go back to living without it, and it`s no big deal.
It would be a blow to free speech and freedom of information, but I`d certainly opt out.