I work in telecommunication, and I know exactly what the big providers want to do with throttling. The doors that it opens up are purely insane to even think about, after having 15 years of free and open access... more »
Senator McCain "called the proposed Net neutrality rules a 'government takeover' of the Internet that will stifle innovation and depress an 'already anemic' job market in the US." (rawstory.com)
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a few years ago, the phone companies were only allowed to lay cables, and could not be in the tv business. they complained that they couldn't compete with cable companies who could sell cable connections,... more »
Normally competition will force these companies to provide better service at reduced costs. However... more »
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The internet relies, fundamentally, on the unimpeded, equal transmission of data, otherwise it would be easy for terrorists or hackers... more »
Imagine if you picked up the telephone to order a Papa John's and Ma Bell tried to steer you towards Dominos Pizza instead, because Dominos is paying kickbacks to your telco. Extreme example, I know, but illustrative of the "traffic shaping/prioritization" shenanigans that will develop if we don't insist on Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is fundamental to an Open Internet. Don't be distracted by FUD.
Net Neutrality is vital for information and online freedoms. Without something like net neutrality, service providers could charge piecemeal for their services. Granting only access for certain sites, or giving yahoo traffic priority over a start-up website because yahoo can pay more. Innovation would be stifled and internet access could become unaffordable. Support Net Neutrality!
I also remember the head of the Patent Office wanted to close Patents in the 1890's because "anything of value has been invented already." Typical governmental bureaucratic short-sightedness that stymies growth and opportunity. And we don't need the government doing this for free expression of data, information, ideas and thought, and the expression thereof.
Lance M Hillier Sr
De Leon, TX
The phone companies hated this so much because they wanted the ability to charge additional monthly fees for every single little thing that anybody could do on the phone system. fees for voice messages. fees to have a touchtone phone. extremely high fees... more »