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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/18/2017 | 9:35:14 PM
Re: Internet has been fine before it
@Izzy: And it will keep rolling on either way.

Realistically, what I expect to happen now is the proliferation of zero-rating and not much else except regarding the "power users" (after all, we're not in a much different position than we were in the time between when the 2010 Internet Order was struck down by a federal court and when the 2015 Internet Order was enacted). Most people's lives will be relatively unaffected. Moreover, I suspect (and I want to emphasize that this is mere conjecture on my part) that cable companies and other providers started charging consumers more, as I stated in my reply to @kq4ym, to underwrite the cost of regulatory compliance with the 2015 Order...and the punchline will be that those costs don't go down.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/18/2017 | 9:33:44 PM
Re: Internet has been fine before it
@kq4ym: Yours is a particularly apt point. Really, all the regulations -- or lack thereof -- effectively do is change who gets consumers' money. I have become fond of saying of this issue that it is not Big Business vs. consumers -- or even Big Business vs. Big Government; it's Big Business vs. Big Business.

Arguably, stricter net-neutrality regs on providers eliminates the risk of throttling -- but the expense of subsidizing torrenters and video power-streamers would wind up being underwritten by all consumers (not to mention the actual direct costs of regulatory compliance, which are passed onto consumers as fees).

Without the regs, on the other hand, the power to restrict the flow of data lies with the providers -- and services like Netflix would potentially have to be the ones to charge more to ensure that they stay off the low-priority list.But that's a worst-case scenario world... Well, not worst-case, I guess, but in any case, I don't buy the near-apocalyptic vision that some net-neutrality proponents have spread through fearmongering of different tiers of service that restrict or deny access to various websites cable-package like.

Either way, we the consumers are getting it in the shorts. We can rest easy knowing that someone somewhere will find a way to screw us regardless of what happens. ;)
kq4ym
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kq4ym,
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12/18/2017 | 8:57:36 AM
Re: Internet has been fine before it
It will be interesting to watch what happens and how soon, as the attorneyes and interest groups argue their ways through the courts and agencies over the coming months or maybe years? I wonder if it's as simple as follow the money to see where it all ultimately ends as corporate interest take either a small gain or larger one over consumers's interests?
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/17/2017 | 1:01:00 AM
Re: Internet has been fine before it
Or, in other words, if it’s not broken why do you want to fix it?
Izzy
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Izzy,
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12/14/2017 | 7:15:44 PM
Internet has been fine before it
Hasn't the Internet been rolling along just fine since its birth? Why do we need yet, another bureaucracy putting regulations on things? The Internet has always been a free market environment. 


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