"The law is reason, free from passion."
Since when has government being involved, rendering regulations and legislation, actually improved the competitive landscape in the private business sector?
I struggle to think of a single case where it has (I'm sure that some will pipe up and let us know where it has).
Yes, in the past, via government and court intervention, the old AT&T / Bell Systems monopoly was broken up, and the RBOCs were created. In the mean time, haven't these RBOCs re-consolidated once again? I know that SBC grew by acquisition, and has even adopted the at&t moniker (note, not the previous AT&T moniker). Has anyone considered the possibility that a large corporation such as the new at&t really is the best to service the customers? Are there cases where a large, regulated company is the only way to render the needed goods and services to the customer in an effective, cost and otherwise, manner?
Nancy Pelosi said: “We have to pass it, to find out what’s in it.” A Doctor called to a radio show & said: "That's the definition of a stool sample"
"Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," Barack Obama January 2008
People keep complaining that they want the "internet to stay how it was" which shows just how ignorant they really are. Advancements in QoS technology over the years is what has lead to the internet boom of the last 20 years. "The way it was" back in the day was paying $100 to a telcom/month for a locked 750k of bandwidth. At those speeds NetFlix barely functions, if at all. With QoS you can have NetFlix customer take the bandwidth equivalent of 5 customers of the "good old days" because those 5 customers are current not using their bandwidth. THat works well until NetFlix eats over a quarter of the internet Bandwidth and there is a growing demand for non NetFlix traffic.
By Net Neutrality standards if you are hit with new demand for, say, some news even that sends millions of customers to the PC to stream a news report, the 10% increased demand in bandwidth means you take 10% from all existing traffic equally, which barely effects the NetFlix user, but kills services operating on slim functionality margins.
You can't treat all data equally simply because all data isn't equal. The next time you are trying to check out at a grocery store and the system can't process your transaction because the internet connection is slow just remember that you are taking one for the team so some guy can watch RoboCop in remastered 1080p.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.