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View Diary: (UPDATE x3)So this is how Net Neutrality dies, under a Democratic President. (762 comments)

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  •  No it would not (17+ / 0-)

    To understand it, look at cable. In terms of content, you get what they offer. Nothing else. Or you go with Direct TV and get what they offer, which is much the same (and you can't do Internet well via satellite due to 500ms latency each way).

    Consumers have no choice but to tolerate it because it just ain't that easy to become an ISP. First, ISPs are only the last mile to the consumer. Plus, even IF a new one had the desire to come online, they'd have to build their own last mile infrastructure. Then they have to negotiate agreements to connect to the cloud via the folks that own the superhighways to the Internet.

    And through all that you are competing with local telcos, cable ops/MSOs, etc. all of whom get favored regulatory treatment generally and have reputations going back decades AND countless millions to battle you AND the ability to negotiate sweetheart deals with the content guys, etc. etc. etc.

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony Everything good a man can be, a dog already is. - pajoly

    by pajoly on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 01:58:27 PM PDT

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