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It seems that the people arguing against net neutrality are leaving out a very important point. The organizations that are supplying access to the Internet are also creating their own content networks and would likely charge other content providers for improved bandwidth to their consumers (assuming they don't compete directly with them, in which case they will be run out of business). Capitalism only works when there is legitimate competition. I don't know about you, but there are only two lines coming into my home, the phone line and cable line. Both types of companies have a long track record of monopolistic practices. Considering the cost of creating the infrastructure necessary to provide a new way to access the Intenet without having to use the phone or cable companies wires, I would consider Internet access to be a non-competive service. The only reasonable way to ensure that capitalism and innovation thrives on the Internet is to ensure that the companies that control our access to the Internet can't decide what information we get to consume or how we consume it.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
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