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Barry Does Good

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by SixofNine, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Hey, even a clock is right twice a day. :D

    Tl;DR - Obama is taking a strong position in support of net neutrality.

    (emphasis added)
  2. eakes

    eakes Registered User

    NO! NO! BAD. BAD idea. Applying 1960's style regulations to modern day internet is a horrible idea. People will not get what they expect if those rules and regulations are applied. In 1960 and earlier one paid $12 or so for basic telephone service plus $3 monthly rental for a standard telephone, long distance cost per minute (ranged from $.20 to over a $1.00 a minute depending on where the call was going), touchtone service was an additional charge, a touchtone phone (princess phone) cost $10 a month to lease. There was no answering machines, mobile telephones were so expensive ($200+ a month) only a business could afford them. Technology was a slooooow roll out.

    Those regulations applied today would result in fewer choices in ISPs, less technological development and no new startups. the basic internet service would probably be reasonable, but then there would be monthly leases for modems, routers etc. driving the monthly bill to close to $100 for 6/1.5 mb service. You could forget streaming service such as NetFlix.

    "NetNeutrality" done this way would result in a totally undesirable internet experience.

    Deregulation is the best answer. Eliminate the 'exclusive' area contracts carried over from the cable TV era and the laws preventing States, Counties and Local Government from getting into the internet business. Open competition is the answer!
    jimeez and Biker like this.
  3. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    In addition, Congress needs to get rid of the anti-competition laws that some states have passed, preventing the communities from starting up their own internet service in direct competition with the big names.
  4. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    The deregulation of the landline telephone community doubled or tripled basic home service for everybody. I don't know anybody who uses their home landline for long distance anymore, doing like me and using our cell for long distance.

    If this is like that, then no.

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