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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.
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When was the last time you saw any innovation or outreach for new customers/services from those quarters?During the past few years of California's drought, there was a lot of outreach to get people to conserve water. Now there's a lot of outreach to try to spin the new high rate increases (to make up for the lost revenue from people actually using less water).
Net Neutrality does not mean free access, never has. Bandwidth has a cost. You pay it every month with either an internet bill or a phone bill (an ALL OF THOSE have some limitation on them, including the so-called "unlimited" versions).
During the past few years of California's drought, there was a lot of outreach to get people to conserve water. Now there's a lot of outreach to try to spin the new high rate increases (to make up for the lost revenue from people actually using less water).
In non-net-neutral universe your ISP can throttle or cut-off service from specific end-points. Say you like to watch Netflix, but your ISP wants you to pay for and
Talk of bundling services like the social networks for a price are some of the things I've heard.
THAT SAID, no ISP in their right mind, with or without net neutrality ... .... would screw the pooch so obviously that even under Title II (nn) the Sherman Act would come into play.
Identifying the USERS of the GREATEST BANDWIDTH and charging appropriately that small set up users, and leaving everyone else alone, is the proper way to deal with saturation of networks.
Under NN there was no incentive to expand services, infrastructure, or chase new customers/markets because Title II made everything the same (OR ELSE!), so why bother---as in 'where are the profits?