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  •  That's kind of my point; (0+ / 0-)

    you already pay more if you put more strain on the system, just like with water.  If you need 10mbps you are going to pay more than someone that only needs 1mbps. Just like how if you use 1,000 gallons of water per day you will pay more than someone that uses 100. That's the existing system.

    What the ISPs are trying to do here is charge you more based on WHAT you are doing, not HOW MUCH of it you are doing. So they want to charge Netflix users more to move a gig of data than they would charge another user to move a gig of different data.

    So basically companies like Netflix will be forced to pay ISPs a fee OR their customers could face slower access to Netflix... or if you are more pessimistic maybe we will see ISP's cutting off access to the websites of political candidates that they don't like, or negotiating with Amazon to block the websites of companies that compete with Amazon, etc. Don't underestimate how ruthless companies like Comcast are.

    It's a can of worms that we don't want to open, and even if it saved the ISPs money I have a bridge to sell to you if you think that ANY of those savings would be passed along to the consumer.

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