Sources: U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Verizon, FCC, AT&T CEO comments
quote: Here's what can happen without Net Neutrality:
quote: In very realistic terms, it would be the end of the internet.
quote: Well I guess you can call me stupid, because we've NEVER had Net Neutrality laws before and the Internet absolutely thrived! Didn't it? I mean, with barely ANY forced rules by Governments, the Internet became the most transformational and prosperous and free technology we've ever seen.
quote: That way if Verizon wants to block or severely throttle Netflix, I'm aware that it isn't just some congestion on the 'net today but rather is a business decision by Verizon and I can choose a different provide
quote: Maybe, maybe not. How many different broadband providers are available to you where you live? The cable and DSL companies live in oligopolies, if not outright monopolies, in various regions throughout the country. Your choices are horribly limited as it is...and sure, if all you have access to is Comcast for real broadband and you don't like their policy, technically you could switch to cellular or satellite. And then be capped to ~10Gb per month anyway, which probably precludes just about anything you wanted to do in the first place.
quote: Well, for one thing Comcast already got caught throttling P2P stuff quite a while ago.
quote: Maybe, maybe not. How many different broadband providers are available to you where you live?
quote: The question you must ask yourself is: if internet infrastructure is getting cheaper, why are ISP's trying to make more money on something that becoming cheaper?
quote: Like, Verizon could choose to throw a switch making Netflix all but unusable, while boosting throughput on Redbox Instant - which is a joint venture between Verizon and Redbox. What's that? You're a Netflix customer and suddenly you service sucks? Awww...maybe you should switch to Redbox!