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> "Net Neutrality" destroys innovation. Scenario: to get some of that sweet fast bandwidth, you need to pay every major ISP an amount of money. Depending on your service, bandwidth needed and the economical position of your product relative to the ISP's or mother company's, this can amount to some serious cash. Google can pay up. Microsoft can as well, as can Apple, major newspapers, media portals etc. Internet startup Great Idea Inc. cannot. The startup cost will just be too high. Since we're moving to more bandwidth hungry apps like online video instead of lean ones, costs will rise. Great Idea Inc. has a web2.0 tagging social video cloud (as you can see, it IS a great idea!) so it will use up a lot of bandwidth. Large ISPs now hold this small company ransom; if they want their new product to be usable or even reachable by the subscribers, they'll have to pay up. And no, they cannot move to another ISP because we're talking about ISPs on the receiving end. Yet you argue that NN somehow stifles innovation. For a real world example, see YouTube. Now part of the Google empire, but would have failed if they would have had to pay for bandwidth twice (not just on their sending end). Also, to all the people arguing that "the pipe belongs to the ISP" I thought the pipe was largely paid for and maintained by tax payer money.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
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