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Some of you guys are nuts. The guys arguing that net neutrality blocks innovation are presupposing a working marketplace of ISPs doing battle to capture customers. The idea of that happening isn't just absurd, but also adorably naive. I think, if anything, it's getting more and more monopolistic. Building/maintaining these networks is very expensive. And the only reason a corporation is going to do it is if they think it'll raise next quarter's earnings report. One example of this going awry is the ISP Clearwire. They EXPLICITLY blocked ports that enables you to video/audio chat as a way to push PREMIUM INTERNET PACKAGES to their customers. "Want to do a completely normal thing on the internet? Well, PAY UP!" I do agree that we have to be careful of the government having too much control (regulatory our otherwise) over the net though. Look at what happened with social networking and the government's response in Egypt.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
Jeff, I also support Net Neut! But, the main topic of concern is priority access. And in the end it comes down to two things. 1) There will be an incentive to keep bandwidth as it is and offer a premium service to websites willing to pay for more. Not only is blocking content illegal(It depends who is blocking from/to whom), but it would actually hurt internet providers to offer a lower quality service to their customers. 2) The only reason why websites would pay for a premium service for their content is if there was a noticeable improvement. Which means a noticeable lower quality of service for other websites. But when it comes to the internet, no one can truly predict the future.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
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