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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Do you believe the FCC should allow a "pay to play" system on the internet?
    A new FCC Chair threatens to let cable and phone companies create an Internet fast lane for companies that can afford it and a slow lane for everyone else who cannot afford it.
    No.

    Such a scheme would create conditions where only the very big companies were able to compete and gain larger shares of the marketplace leaving smaller upstarts in the dust. Moreover, only the wealthy would be able to afford the best Internet services or be "quick on the draw" to get online deals ahead of everyone else leaving those who can't afford to "upgrade" at the bottom of the heap.

    Now, some might say a tiered system of Internet connectivity services already exists for consumers and they'd be right. However, this is deemed acceptable because at least consumers know they can upgrade if their economic status changes and they decide to pay for the faster connection speed. But the "pay-to-play" scheme would only leave the low-level services available to low-wage customers and high-level services only to the wealthy. The very nature of "choice and competition" would erode.
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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by tacomancer View Post
    In other words, do you want the internet or AOL?
    A very good dummied-down analogy. I remember the "You've Got Mail" Internet era very well, and when AOL/Time-Warner came into play I worried they'd become another AT&T. Good thing there were other start-ups out their like Yahoo, MindSpring and EarthLink to atleast provide options. I could see Google having control; at least most of what they'd provide would be free or at a reasonable cost. But Comcast? Those blood suckers would squeeze ever red cent from their customers and never look back.

    *Disclaimer: I've never used Comcast; have neighbors who did and they hated the service. I've used the same independent Internet provider for years.
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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    If I wanted free, I wouldn't be paying for what I receive from a corporation whose service is spotty at best.

    If I wanted free, I'd hook up a yagi antenna and tap Burger King, Applebee's, or Mc Donalds wifi. I already have a wireless card installed.

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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    No, you beleive that your internet speed should be better. You don't complain that others have good internet, you complain that you have poor internet. You have the option for it to be better, but you would have to pay for it, which you are unwilling to do.
    It's become an economic choice for AJiveMan - do I spend my limited resources on upgrading my high-speed Internet access service or do I put that $30 towards a better use, i.e., paying for meds or food or gas?

    Some choices aren't so straight-forward to make as you'd make them out to be. Nonetheless, in principle I understand you completely. Just that in reality, it's not always that simple.
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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    I am of the belief that no internet speeds should be metered, the speed should be the same. That's my argument.
    But varying speeds is probably the only real bargaining chip ISPs have considering the much of the security features for accessing the Internet are based on what operating system runs your computer. ISPs tried providing security features, but big box security software companies like McAvee and Microsoft with their Windows Security Updates made this so-called "premium services" for ISPs obsolete.

    So, other than access/download speeds coupled with premium TV channels and movies, what else can ISPs over their customers they can't get anywhere else except faster connectivity?
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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I think all internet connections should be of the fastest form reasonably possible, given the limits of technology and available funds.

    IMO, the "internet" should be another public infrastructure, like roads.
    A road transports physical objects, internet transports information.
    Information can be sold and traded, just as physical objects can.

    What would happen if a road was run by a corporation, and they could control how fast a transport vehicle traveled, allowing higher-paying companies to travel faster?

    Larger companies would deliver their goods faster, and have an advantage over smaller companies. Hell in some businesses, such as produce transport, a limited speed would spell disaster (due to potentially spoiled food).

    OR...something like that.
    Another great analogy...would explain why people hate toll-roads!
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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    Another great analogy...would explain why people hate toll-roads!
    Of course any public internet infrastructure would require appropriate taxes related to it, much as non-toll roads do.

    In fact you could have toll-road equivalents on the internet, so long as alternate routes existed...much like toll roads.

    The big questions are how the current system could be transferred to public control, how to avoid bureaucratic waste, how high the taxes might go, and lastly how to avoid having some of those taxes siphoned off to feed some pork project or whatnot.
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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Absolutely.

    Bandwidth cost money. ISPs have to pay for the bandwidth they sale. Without a "pay to play" system, then you have either the ISP or the larger users paying for the "little guy" while reducing their own bandwidth availability. It is absolutely wrong that the larger companies must made to subsidize equal market penetration/availability to it's competitors.

    To put it a more traditional setting, without "pay to play", it would be like telling Walmart that has national coverage that it must pay for shipping, handling, storage and facilities for any of it's competitors to have equal market penetration. That is BS.

    Perhaps you are unaware, but at least in the US, the government does not own and maintain the entire Internet. It builds and maintains those portions of it reserved for governmental use. Commercial entities build and maintain those portions of it that are used for private and commercial use.
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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    And if you want to think it about it from another perspective, think of a mall. Who gets the areas near the main entrance and the highest traffic and who gets a back corner with the least amount of traffic. Simple, it's based upon who pays the most.

    If Netflix and Hulu are both competing and want the best bandwidth, a limited resource, who gets the better. The one who pays for it of course.
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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    1. NO
    2.Oh He** NO
    3.OH HE** NO
    4. Is this international or just u.s.?
    5. How would this affect the 96% of the internet you cant access by simple search engines?
    6. Oh F***en He** no
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