Net Neutrality?

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    So... the idea is to mandate that companies give equal priority to all traffic across their servers?

    And people compare this to the 'Fairness Doctrine' and take issue with this why, exactly?

    I seem to have missed something.
     
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    Net Neutrality would require that content providers give equal access to everyone. In other words, if you spent millions of dollars in setting up a site, and wanted to stream your content for free, and I popped in with high resolution video that chocked your servers saying that you are evil and no one should acknowledge your existence, you would not be able to force me, or the people who prefer what I have to say, to pay for the extra bandwidth we are using.

    Tell me again why this is a good idea.
     
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    If you build the best network in the country, you have to sell to your competitors so they can access it, too. So what's the incentive to build the best network in the country?
     
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    Sounds like how it got started when it was a government program.
     
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    Then why would anyone compare it to the Fairness Doctrine?

    Wouldn't it be more like providing electricity to someone's house for a flat subscription fee, regardless of how much energy they used, thereby forcing the little man (who uses less energy) to subsidize the energy used by corporation or rich man (who uses much more electricity)?


    From what you're sayin', the Republicans should be all for this- make the guys who draw no traffic to subsidize the GOP's homepage and the sites of their big business buddies.
     
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    net neutrality is just another not so clever in for the gov. to tax and 'structure' the net in earnest.

    In effect they wish to make themselves the traffic cops over bandwidth ( for now, content next), this is not like the airwaves where in they license and apportion frequencies etc. They have no right to appoint themselves traffic cops over streets they didn't create, fund.

    As usual its about money and power.
     
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    When everyone had rotary phones, everyone was equal.
     
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    You're trying to discuss a topic with as much nuance as net neutrality on THIS forum? :lol:
     
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    Most individuals will not be affected by this yet. I just do not watch enough Netflix to qualify for paying extra.

    The problem comes when I fire up a website. Lets call it "MarcTube". If it gets very popular I have to pay out the butt for bandwidth.

    It is opposite the way electricity works. It is not the way the internet was made great though. Sometimes to create something we have to bite the bullet. To create a nearly free internet where Iranian students can post videos from their cell phones we need this system.

    Net Neutrality. What a ridiculous name though. I can't even keep straight what it means.
     
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    The government needs to keep its claws off the Internet. Everything they touch they fuck up.
     
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