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The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.
The agency scrapped so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone services.
Local government monopoly regulations have helped insure I pay $69/month for 23 mpbs.
In fact, it may encourage competitors to hard wire an area they they previously would not consider.
I guess we get to see what competition can do and history is on the side of competition
I had a guy in town complaining the other day that Comcast was probably going to up the price on his data plan for streaming -- Wait, What? -- He had cut the cord on the Television portion of his plan, which effectively cut his bill in half and went with streaming Sling I think -- He didn't know that you can stream Sling, or even Youtube TV for as little as a measly 3 MB connection - He could drop to a 15 MB connection speed plan and still watch his precious TV via stream.
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during the years of NN, we saw such innovations as...Huh?
joined:Dec 10, 2005
Yes, these all came into fruition during NN and continued to thrive.No, as I pointed out, they came of age years before NN. Yes, they may have continued to grow during NN, but that's not cause/effect. They grew before NN; they grew during. If they happen to die in the next new year or so (and not because of becoming obsolete from new advances), then we can have that part of the discussion again.
When was the last time you saw any innovation or outreach for new customers/services from those quarters?
or ISPs will have to turn folks away (or into a tier) just to keep up with the demand.
Electricity is something else. There are parts of the country where you can choose your elec company.