Net neutrality is an issue that at the moment most are either unaware of, or simply do not see an issue with....at the moment. At this very time the overall consumption of bandwidth is not spread out, the fear ISP's have is that consumption will increase and spread among a larger percentage of their customers requiring them to actually invest in their infrastructure.
Now here is where we can all have a nice laugh. First, the actual cost that companies like Comcast and Time Warner pay for their internet access which they resell to consumers is minimal compared to the revenue. So their complaint is null and void there. Second, is anyone aware that we the U.S. citizens have already paid the ISPs millions to expand their infrastructure to support increased bandwidth?
I like the market, and if you are old enough you can appreciate how de-monopolizing the telcoms has benefited us the consumer (i.e. if you lived in the era of Ma Bell and "Don't touch that damn phone or else"). Problem we have in the U.S., the county that invented the whole damn internet, is that we do not have a true market. The vast majority of consumers across this county are reliant on one company to supply them with high speed access. This is actually no different than what many European nations are facing with de-regulated and de-nationalized telcoms. What concerns me is that at the core, we simply do not have any competition. I almost lost my home internet access because I had thought it was a good idea to send daily backups to my home. Since I was on the same private network, it seemed like a good idea at the time...until Comcast cut off service warning me I used too much bandwidth. My ioptions? Well, we ended up contracting with another business to share resources etc.. etc.. Fine and all, except her I am paying for a service I can not use. Get the point now about Net Neutrality?
The very real fear is that companies like Comcast will strike deals with content providers to provide preference to services they have approved (i.e. received premiums for). Take Youtube or Hule for example. Come home from work and decide you want to watch some show you missed that is available on Hulu......except it will not take the lowest priority to receive. In other words the service you pay for, the high speed you expect, is non existent.