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    Re: Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Maybe this is a dumb question but if an ISP decides to screw with their customers as described then don't you think that those customers would switch ISP's so that they are no longer screwed with?
    How many broadband options do you have where you live? I would suspect at best you have either cable which would be either Time Warner or Comcast, and you have the option of much slower DSL through your local Telco. Not exactly a litany of choices.
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    Re: Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality

    Quote Originally Posted by ARealConservative View Post
    Net Neutrality is just a buzz word for a concept that is very much still being debated and defined. for you to take such a black and white rule to this fluid concept tells me not to trust you
    Net Neutrality is not a buzzword. Its been around for over a decade.
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    Re: Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality





    With every other statement Cruz makes on this subject, he proves he doesn't understand what is being discussed here or has the first clue regarding the inner working of the internet. First of all, he argues that rotary phones are symbols of being "frozen in time". Then he argues that iphones are... what? A symbol of innovation? Well... aside from all of Apple's issues with stealing technology, does he not realize that at one point or another rotary phones were innovative? Does he believe they're still widely used? Does he believe his iPhone will evolve like a Pokemon and won't become a relic of time 25 years from now? Well, whatever he intended to show with that argument it failed. However, this is what made me laugh the most:



    In short, this is the reason Cruz and opposers of net neutrality have been laughed at. Not only have they been dishonest in their presentation of the facts, they've completely tried to change the arguments around net neutrality. They've tried to paint their opposition to NN - which includes slow lanes, making developers and producers pay ransoms to ISPs and denying other companies businesses - as part of a process of innovation. Not only is that laughable, it's criminally dishonest. Hopefully, the generation (mine) which grew up using the internet will not fall for it.
    Ted Cruz is maybe stupid, but what is criminal about not liking NN? I don't like it. Furthermore, aside from the ISPs, what opposition is there to it? I can count on one hand the people that oppose it: Ted Cruz, myself and Mark Cuban. That's all I know. I'm actually going to make a poll about it to see just how many people are on my side on this forum. I haven't seen one.

    I wrote this on another thread I made myself and it summarizes my and probably Cruz's instincts on it as well. We seem to have both researched the topic individually and came to the same conclusions. Unfortunately, since I don't agree with him on practically anything else.

    In the political world, I am extremely suspicious of people who tell me, that they need to explain or educate me on matters that I can easily look up myself and draw my own conclusions on. Especially so, if they act like I haven't while I am in conversation with them, on the very same topic!!!! That type of political nonsense drives me crazy! This is like telling a conservative, that if we just explained communism better, they would like it. It's like telling a liberal, if we explained free markets better they would like it. This type of brainwashing should not be happening. First, because NN shouldn't be a political topic. Second, because everyday people will not understand it one lick, and they will just be repeating what you are telling them to.

    This is the very problem, so many people on this forum have issues with. So, I don't know why, they are doing it with NN, but think doing so, with everything else is bad. The very fact that there is such a small opposition to this is frightening to me and should be to most people. Especially others who I've seen question everything else, other than this one topic!
    Now, unless you can tie him to ISPs that will be a different story.
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    Re: Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality

    Quote Originally Posted by jmotivator View Post
    So, simple question: Do you think an increase in NetFlix traffic on an ISP should be shared by all NetFlix users or all ISP customers?


    You ask the wrong question. The correct question is, should the ISP be selling 100mb lines to as many customers as they can if thier network can't handle such traffic?
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    Re: Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Net Neutrality is not a buzzword. Its been around for over a decade.
    buzz words can exist for decades. network neutrality is not a legally defined term.

    Can you host your own email server using the broadband you pay for? why not? shouldn't net neutrality allow you to do so?

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    Re: Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Well then I guess that begs another dumb question. If I want more bandwidth then shouldn't I have to pay more for it? I mean, if I want more pizza then I have to pay for more pizza and if I want more gasoline then I have to pay for more gasoline. Conversely, if I really don't need all that extra bandwidth then why should I be paying extra for it?

    For example, in my business I use a whole lot more bandwidth at certain times of the year. My business is rather seasonal so I would probably benefit from a plan where I pay a lower rate for my internet service when I'm not using it as much (and not bringing in as much revenue either).
    That's not a dumb question but it's not really what the net neutrality debate is about. Cable companies charging for the level of usage isn't the issue. They currently can and will be able to do so in the future. Like you said, that makes sense. If I'm downloading things constantly and my neighbor isn't that is ridiculous to pretend both should pay the same amount.

    The net neutrality debate is over "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" and cable companies charging companies that provide services through the internet in order to access the fast lane.
    Using your business as an example, if you pay for 30 Mbps internet connection and your business uses a lot of video conferencing services, should the cable company restrict your video conferencing to 10 Mbps unless you video conferencing company pays Cox a fee? You pay for the amount you use and you pay for a certain speed.

    It's basically cable providers using their control over how those services are delivered in order to get a piece of the action. Rentiers are looked down on derision for good reason by almost every economic school of thought. They basically receive additional money by providing no added value.
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    Re: Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    How many broadband options do you have where you live? I would suspect at best you have either cable which would be either Time Warner or Comcast, and you have the option of much slower DSL through your local Telco. Not exactly a litany of choices.


    I think the choice is cable monopoly internet or verizon monoply internet, with some att monopoly uverse options.
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    Re: Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality

    Quote Originally Posted by ARealConservative View Post
    buzz words can exist for decades. network neutrality is not a legally defined term.
    I'd say Net Neutrality is a theory and a principle. You're right, it's not legally defined either. So it pretty much doesn't exist. Which will end up a lot like the theory of communism. We all know how well that worked.
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    Re: Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Net Neutrality is not a buzzword. Its been around for over a decade.
    How it is being used by one political party? Yes it is a buzzword, as it really is different from the idea that has been around as long as it has.
    Hell, it is actually in opposition to the idea simply because it is about implementing Gov control.
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    Re: Ted Cruz Hits Back At Al Franken On Net Neutrality

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    Here, for those that need it pounded home

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