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  •  That's on the consumer end (3+ / 0-)
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    nchristine, Brown Thrasher, cybersaur

    This is on the provider end. It won't matter how fast your internet plan is if the provider is throttled because they can't afford to pay / compete with your ISP.

    For instance, suppose you want to watch a new streaming service in HD and so you purchase a top-tier uber-expensive internet plan from your ISP. That won't matter one bit unless the streaming service also pays your ISP to be in their fast lane. Once they hit the limit that the ISP has set for the slow lane, all that extra bandwidth you're paying for is going to go to waste. The situation is even worse if the ISP has a competing service and decides to encourage you to use their service by throttling everyone else.

    To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

    by sneakers563 on Thu May 15, 2014 at 11:13:26 AM PDT

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    •  Those concerns seem to be addressed (1+ / 0-)
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      in the proposal.  I seriously doubt that it would be that easy for an ISP to decide to throttle service for no reason other than to give their preferred content provider better access.  But I don't believe we're talking 'throttling' service, rather giving faster service to those who want to pay, like they do for us end users.  Would it affect the current speeds now for those who don't want to pay?  Probably not.  Why would it?  On the other hand, with more and more switching to streaming, content provider servers would be overwhelmed, so in a way, a tiered system makes perfect sense.

      Anywho, this seems to be moving forward, so we'll just have to wait and see how it all pans out.  My feeling is that it will hardly be noticeable to the general public.

      'Slower Traffic - Keep Right!'

      by luvbrothel on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:20:45 PM PDT

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