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Net Neutrality: War Over The Web

Hits: 16699 | Rating: (2.7) | Category: Technology | Added by: kitteh9lives
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Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10251 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:17:09 AM
Ehhhh. The "infrastructure fee" keeps the tubes maintained. We pay for server expansion and maintenance.

I want to know when we are going to use the fiber optic lines that crisscross the US that are just buried and not connected to anything. They installed it, and just left it unused.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17367 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:14:54 AM
AJ: All this time we've had internet in the USA, We the customers have been paying an 'infrastructure fee' for the internet, It's hidden in the taxes and fees section of your bill.

All this time the internet companies have just been pocketing that money and NOT improving the bandwidth very much. So when I hear these internet companies begging for government money to improve the bandwidth, My blood boils.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17367 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:10:10 AM
I wouldn't trust the government (any government) to regulate the internet. Big corporations face competition, if they start being dickwads at least we consumers can switch providers. You can't switch your government that easily, and once government gets it's greasy hands into something it goes downhill.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10251 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:06:20 AM
NO! It should NEVER be a Per kb plan. Do you know how many millions of people using Netflix would be shafted? One netflix movie is worth several GB.

Imagine paying 7.99 for streaming access to Netflix, and only being able to watch 2-3 movies a month.

Screw usage caps.

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 730 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:57:29 AM
@Xh8FYHnG: I agree on principle, but I think that it is a little optimistic of them to think that some sites won't be slowed, rather than simply having some sites faster. I would be surprised if non-neutral internet providers didn't slow P2P sites because of the implications in a society as focused on copyright laws as our own. I think the real issue is with the strictness of copyright laws, but I don't think that issue will be going away any time soon.

I think the only model that is fair to ISPs and consumers alike is to adopt the model of paying based on how much you use, the model the video says is used in Australia. That way, companies aren't getting shafted by individuals who do a lot of downloading, while individuals can still have unmitigated access to various sites.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 97 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:53:00 AM
youtube started buffering right when the buffer image played in the video, its like it knew.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 358 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:50:34 AM
The link Xh8FYHnG was trying to give here

Male, 40-49, Canada
 35 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:31:40 AM
According to the Ayn Rand Institute, and I agree with them, "net neutrality is antithetical to Internet freedom." See:


Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10251 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:18:09 AM
Think about how Internet gets into your house.

Cable lines? 1 company owns them. Phone line? 1 company owns them. Satellite? Too slow to be viable. Cell? Too spotty and unreliable.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10251 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:16:33 AM
Funny how liberals are the ones who want the control, and Conservatives are the ones who want to keep the internet free and speedy.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 3088 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:14:41 AM
the day they block p2p and porn site is the day I quite the internet for good.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1369 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:07:01 AM
Curse you Microsoft, I know this is your doing...

Male, 13-17, Midwest US
 881 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 9:58:11 AM

Male, 18-29, Canada
 10503 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 9:52:57 AM
The more recognition and prominence this gets, the more people will want balanced internet.

If there are enough ISPs, people will switch to them for better service.

There can't be internet monopolies.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34157 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 9:49:47 AM


there is too much money and power inherant to the net for corporations NOT to want control.

they've bought the politicians who will make the net laws - we've already lost this arguement.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 2380 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 9:47:07 AM
fer drat sakes... just keep dratin with us.... try it

Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1588 Posts
Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:16:44 AM
Link: Net Neutrality: War Over The Web [Rate Link] - The outcome of the war waging over net neutrality could rewrite the web.What role should Govt.& Corp. play in our lives?

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