In defense of Net Neutrality

The Internet, without Network Neutrality

The Internet, without Network Neutrality

Wired has an excellent article on the, almost certain, end of Network Neutrality, everyone should read it.

Net Neutrality needs to remain law, permanently.  In the United States, telecommunications companies, other than for wireless, operate outside of the free market, allowed – by the federal, state and local governments – to have de-facto regional/municipal monopolies all across the country. Basically, what they want to do is to create multiple bandwidth/service tiers and charge companies, as well as you and I, more to access certain sites or services.

How long do you think it would take, if Net Neutrality is overturned, for – say – Comcast or Cox to decide to put Netflix on a low-priority tier? Or for AT&T or Verizon to place Vonage and other VOIP systems on a low-priority tier? Or how it would effect you… “Oh, you want Netflix to stream HD video? Well, that’ll be an extra $4.99 per month, because, right now, you’re on the Standard Def tier”.

It would be like the electric company having a ‘power surcharge’ for the electricity that goes just to your refrigerator or washing machine, as opposed to a lamp. Or the water company charing more for water that goes to your tub, than your sink.

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