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Degraded Infrastructure

Part of the problem with network neutrality is the telecommunications companies don't have the bandwidth for today's demand. This is entirely their fault for not upgrading the infrastructure despite $200 billion in increased rates and tax breaks to do so.

Normally competition will force these companies to provide better service at reduced costs. However with the broadband oligopoly we currently have, there is no competition to provide the incentive. As a result, the US broadband ranking is slipping worldwide. In the 1990's the US was the world leader in broadband access. According to The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, in 2008, the US has dropped to 15th in the world.

This only hurts innovation and the US's ability to compete world wide. Since there doesn't seem to be competition, enforcing network neutrality is one way to force the telecommunication companies to upgrade the infrastructure. Once the infrastructure can handle the demand, the telecommunication companies will have less of a need to impose limitations on Internet access.


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    >Part of the problem with network neutrality is the >telecommunications companies don't have the bandwidth for >today's demand. This is entirely their fault for not >upgrading the infrastructure despite $200 billion in >increased rates and tax breaks to do so.

    Good job bringing attention to the Telecommunications Act. Those who oppose forcing telecoms to leave the lines open, don't realize how the very same telecoms in whatever form they are now in (with consolidations, etc) stole from them. We, or a majority of us within larger populations should have access to 100M service, because the government, that is, we, both those for and against net neutrality paid for it.

    I understand concern about government intervention, but if 'anti government' is the only argument you have against net neutrality, you don't understand what's at hand, and you're not paying attention to how some corporations are robbing us blind.

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    One fact may are not aware of is the vast amount of "dark fiber" we have already sitting unused in the ground.

    With the DotCom bubble of the 80's, telecommunications providers laid record amounts of fiber optic cables crises crossing our nation. Much of this follows rail road rights of ways into most of our cities and towns. ( Google is on a mission to buy up a lot of this fiber )

    There is a lot of unused capacity already laying there waiting to be "turned on" but big ISP's and telcoms are waiting for a government hand out to activate what taxpayers already subsidized with much of this fiber.

    Part of there scheme involves disbanding Net Neutrality so they can squeeze more profits without being held accountable to anyone if their plans step on freedom of speech rights.