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Thread: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

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    Re: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    As I understand it, one of the main reasons for higher speeds in other countries is government spending on internet infrastructure. National government spending, in many cases.

    Whereas, at best, here in the US the only governmental support of internet infrastructure might be on a state level, and probably only local (as in, a city).

    Not just internet infrastructure, but also power infrastructure, I think...
    American ISPs get significant federal subsidies. There is the Connect America Fund, Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program, and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

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    Re: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    American ISPs get significant federal subsidies. There is the Connect America Fund, Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program, and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.
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    Re: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I'm not at all impressed with American broadband options.

    I live in downtown Dallas, which is the 4th largest metro area in the country. The only broadband offered in my area is Time Warner Cable and ATT's DSL.

    I have Time Warner's premium package, and I just speed tested at 15.89 mbps.

    According to the chart, folks in my native Sweden are downloading over twice as fast at 42.35 mbps, and that is quite a rural country as well.

    Not impressed in the least. In addition, ours is the most expensive. What exactly are we paying for?

    It's like the 80's all over again with the cars, remember how terrible American cars were? American broadband is a 1984 Dodge Monaco.
    Do they live up near the border with Finland? How are speeds in those tiny towns up that way?
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    Re: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Small population probably makes it easier to provide excellent service.

    I'm not saying we have good service, just that it's likely not as easy to fix as you might think.
    America is the inventor of internet technology. We have the money, experience, technology, knowledge base and everything else you could possibly need to build a world class internet delivery system. The only failure in the system is the idiots in charge of the corporations who run ISPs. They spend all their time and effort trying to screw people by double dipping on their pricing, rather than upgrading their infrastructure and improving their product. Their corporate mentality is so screwed up they actually get unhappy about the significant increase in internet traffic from streaming video services, as though having more demand is actually a bad thing.

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    Re: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

    The reality is that internet access at this point is a utility, and should be regulated and handled as such.

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    Re: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    America is the inventor of internet technology. We have the money, experience, technology, knowledge base and everything else you could possibly need to build a world class internet delivery system. The only failure in the system is the idiots in charge of the corporations who run ISPs. They spend all their time and effort trying to screw people by double dipping on their pricing, rather than upgrading their infrastructure and improving their product. Their corporate mentality is so screwed up they actually get unhappy about the significant increase in internet traffic from streaming video services, as though having more demand is actually a bad thing.
    To the short-sighted CEOs it IS a bad thing. They won't be around when their investment starts making money so they don't profit by (get credit for) it, their successors do. Can't have long-term investment cutting into that bottom line - it doesn't look good on the annual report!

    The CEO's and business men who actually take the long view (and seem to get more scarce every day even though they're the ones really raking in the money) know that more business is good for business.
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    Re: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    America is the inventor of internet technology. We have the money, experience, technology, knowledge base and everything else you could possibly need to build a world class internet delivery system. The only failure in the system is the idiots in charge of the corporations who run ISPs. They spend all their time and effort trying to screw people by double dipping on their pricing, rather than upgrading their infrastructure and improving their product. Their corporate mentality is so screwed up they actually get unhappy about the significant increase in internet traffic from streaming video services, as though having more demand is actually a bad thing.

    Look at it from the point of view of my ISP, Time Warner Cable. They have the entire city of Dallas TX on lockdown, they're the only ones with the rights to lay down cabling and so you have a choice to either use their service or use the phone lines. They have these contracts in place for another decade or so.

    What incentive do they have to make my internet any faster? I'm stuck with them regardless.

    Therein lies the problem.

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    Re: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Do they live up near the border with Finland? How are speeds in those tiny towns up that way?
    Depends on what town you're talking about. There is a college town way up north called Lulea, which is also a military base, and they have faster broadband speeds than Dallas TX. On the other hand, if you're talking about reindeer herders in the north then they don't likely have any internet at all, not to mention phones or television.

    My family has a cottage up not quite that far north but certainly in a remote area. Even out there you can get broadband that is faster than Dallas. You have to understand that in Sweden, internet is thought of as a utility and the government runs Telia, the Swedish telecom, with the best interests of the people in mind and not the best interests of the greedy shareholders.

    The other thing you can do in Sweden is buy remote wireless time. Basically you buy a certain number of hours on a MiFi account, would be the best way to describe it. That works anywhere... even the reindeer herders could use it if they wanted.

    There is nothing like that offered in the United States. They also sell "burners," which are throwaway cell phones you can use while you're on vacation, etc.

    In all, Swedish telecom is light years ahead of the USA. Light years.

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    Re: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Look at it from the point of view of my ISP, Time Warner Cable. They have the entire city of Dallas TX on lockdown, they're the only ones with the rights to lay down cabling and so you have a choice to either use their service or use the phone lines. They have these contracts in place for another decade or so.

    What incentive do they have to make my internet any faster? I'm stuck with them regardless.

    Therein lies the problem.
    My understanding of the situation in the US is that various ISPs were given exclusive rights to an area if they installed infrastructure? Because the gov didn't want to pay for it?

    Maybe that's way off base...
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    Re: Verizon v. FCC (Net Neutrality/ Internet Openness)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    Yes. And my point is - and has always been - that that is a sledgehammer approach. Everyone pays regardless of whether they use the bandwidth or not. Billing Netflix directly would be a step towards shifting the cost to those who actually incur them.
    No, it wouldn't. The ISP customer already pays for that bandwidth. The only thing this accomplishes is allowing the ISP to charge both the sender and the receiver, and to do so selectively in order to promote one business over another. Delivering 5GB of data from Netflix doesn't cost the ISP more than delivering 5GB of data from it's own video service. Same way it doesn't cost FedEx more to deliver you five pounds of rice than it does to deliver five pounds of books.
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