Feelings about the net neutrality debate?
  • Got any? From an idea that was scoffed at a few short years ago as "never gonna happen" it's a conversation that nevertheless has not gone away. Given what is going down in the US at the moment I thought we could drag the horse out for a flogging here. 

    So what's your stance?  
  • "This proposal has been described by one opponent as, 'A secret plan to regulate the internet.' Nonsense!" Wheeler said right before the agency voted on the new rules. "This is no more a plan to regulate the internet than the first amendment is a plan to regulate free speech. They both stand for the same concept: openness, expression, and an absence of gatekeepers telling people what they can do, where they can go and what they can think."

    Everyone has their own agenda. Who can you trust?
  • The alternative is providers deciding what you get, and how fast you get it. Providers say this means this means they will put in "fast lanes", but that just smells like bullshit. Cable providers in the US have the lowest rated customer service of any consumer sector. They often operate as regional monopolies. There is only one hit speed provider in my area, for instance. With that kind of power, if you let them decide how fast you get what, it is obvious that it would be more profitable for them to slow the competition and extort content providers. We have already seen some of that, as Netflix has paid for better access.

    It has been a testament corporate influence that net neutrality has been cast as onerous regulation rather than simple consumer protection. Companies have been spreading dough far and wide. When Alex Jones came out against net neutrality, you knew there was nobody they would not pay.

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