This is a complicated issue and more complicated than the advocates of “net nuetrality” want to admit.
Planners always think they know how things are going to go. And the planners are always wrong. But don’t tell them that because then they’ll get busy planning things to prove to you that “this time” they’ve got it right.
And then they fail again.
There are crony interests on both sides of this equation.
Wired generally is not in favor of the rollback of the yet to be implemented regulations, (These regs still allowed Google and Facebook to sell your information. Just not Internet service providers like Comcast.) but they give a good sense of the nuance.
Why would Obama push to move Internet control from the USA to an international body? Seriously, why?
The revolution might not be televised but it just might, might, be tweeted.
More of us need to think like this. Question what is assumed. Consider whether doing it ourselves we can do a better job. This applies to Internet service, food, entertainment, energy, all sorts of things. Notice that this network was built because Orcas Island was probably an area Century Link didn’t really want to service anyway. If it was prime territory any attempt to DIY the Internet would likely have been fought by local regulators, but service likely would have been better too.
This is from June but illustrates nicely the gaming which becomes standard practice once an industry becomes “highly regulated.”
Again, I ask. Why does anyone live in these cities? The governments are corrupt. They are violent. They are crowded. They are dirty. They are running out of money. They are dysfunctional. They are expensive. And yet people stay.
There are highways. You can leave. I don’t have much sympathy if you stick around and let the local government just abuse you.
I’ll bet that when all is said and done “Net neutrality” will result in a lot more than $11 billion in new taxes. The directive from the FCC constitutes a federal “virtual land grab.” Too much goes on in the free and open Internet for the government’s liking. The Feds want a piece of it and to ultimately control it. Control the Internet and the information traveling on it and one can institute things like the anti-free speech “Fairness Doctrine.”
Well thanks Netflix. We’re stuck with this new regulatory regime thanks in large part to you. It sure would have been helpful if you had made your real feelings known (or had thought things through sufficiently) before the bureaucrats descended on our beloved Net. Sure would have been nice if you, the creators of House of Cards with its loyal, politically engaged fan base said something before the virtual land grab. Would have been nice. But it’s too late now.