doctorow — 2014-05-14T16:00:21-04:00 — #1
aetius — 2014-05-14T16:35:28-04:00 — #2
Heh. The ISp business is already like cable television, it's the same companies with soft monopolies protected by their own in the FCC. We want it to be less like cable television - why would these writers want to give more power to the FCC to cement the status quo?
drew_g — 2014-05-14T18:09:57-04:00 — #3
Not all government regulations are bad, many of them (most of them, really) exist to keep the few from screwing over the many.
Don't try and pretend the "free market" would naturally favor net neutrality, a "free" market (I don't think it's correct to call a system that leads to bigger, worse monopolies than even the current seriously flawed system can produce, "Free") favors whatever makes the most money the most quickly, and in the case of picking between giving your customers fair prices that give every website and web service the same bandwidth, or deliberately slowing down desirable stuff like streaming or, say, all shopping sites except for whoever partners with your cable company, it's clear with one is the choice that's going to make the most short-term profit for the shareholders, and it's NOT the one that's fair to the consumers.
newliminted — 2014-05-14T22:08:34-04:00 — #4
Can the FCC cash that letter in for millions of dollars? I suspect if they can't that the FCC won't listen. They're probably too busy stuffing millions of dollars from Comcast and Verizon in their ears.
doctorow — 2014-05-19T16:00:27-04:00 — #5
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