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eos wrote:

Sounds good to me.


Why?
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UnlimitedEnergy wrote:

So what, does this mean that internet can go the way of phone data plans and can charge you by GB you use if they feel the need to?

If so it looks like I'm streaming at work lol.


No, more like you get the same bandwidth caps as you used to. You just can't watch streaming videos or play online games anymore because the companies didn't pay your ISP for "preferred" bandwidth.
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This image pretty much shows where this will lead to. Man, internet in the future will be fun.

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nekroneko wrote:

This image pretty much shows where this will lead to. Man, internet in the future will be fun.




To be honest, if you sum all of those prices up, you get about what I'm paying right now for slightly greater than mediocre internet.
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To be honest, if you sum all of those prices up, you get about what I'm paying right now for slightly greater than mediocre internet.


Dont feel bad, because i am in the same boat.
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tbtalbot wrote:

(assuming enough competition). )


Therein lies the problem.

Nationally, if you look at something like a cement company, there is a ton of competition for people wanting to buy cement. But cement can't be transported more than a few miles before it starts going bad (talking the cement trucks that turn wet cement and such.)

Locally, each cement company has it's own monopoly, or very limited duopoly. In rare cases, you might find a 3rd.

The only real way to eliminate this problem is to remove the physical capital from the equation, in other words, make the cable lines running on power poles and underground state property, and move it's maintenance and care to power companies within each municipality. that way to cost of maintaining the cable lines is removed from private companies, as well as the responsibilities that go along with it.

That way, all you need to connect to the internet is to have a router and register it with an ISP to allow access to their networks so you can connect to the rest of the internet. ISP's will be limited to providing the actual data centers, you don't get charged rents for having to use their stupid modems that suck, and you remove the profit motive from providing the physical requirements to access the internet.

cause seriously, why should I have to pay $20 extra a month to have a wireless modem / router that I can just outright own for $80.
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What about people that live on campus and dont pay for internet?
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tbtalbot wrote:

I'm for this ruling. I don't like the precedent of the FCC regulating the internet. It should be unregulated. If my company charges too much for broadband, I'll go with another (assuming enough competition). People who netflix consume 32% of internet traffic. Those people should maybe pay more than someone who just does email. Maybe then, our infrastructure in the USA can build up again (it is behind many other countries.)


Then I hate to burst your bubble, because this ruling does the exact opposite of what you want. The court's opinion starts off IMMEDIATELY acknowledging the FCC's ability to regulate the Internet. This entire ruling is all down to a technicality - the FCC had already defined ISPs as information services and not telecommunication companies. The net neutrality regulations tried to apply common carrier status to ISPs, which only applies to telecommunication companies. Thus the court struck down the regulations because the FCC hadn't defined the ISPs as such.

If the FCC wants to bring back net neutrality, they have to either reword their regulations better such that they apply to information services, or redefine ISPs as telecommunication companies (which to be honest, virtually all of them ARE).
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I'm pretty sure the most informative and important source explaining the implications of the US courts' rulings is boogie2988's new video about it. A lot of people don't exactly realize what this is going to mean, because the big companies are feeding you crap about how 'nothing's going to change right away' and 'don't worry, just go to sleep and pretend nothing's happening'.
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Already, Internet access in the United States of Avarice is obscenely expensive, and performs like two cans and a string. Now, it will only get worse.
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Remember, the best thing you can do to increase competition between internet providers is to threaten that you will switch to another provider. If we all do that, I guarantee we will see lower prices.
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47 / M / Covington, KY
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Threaten your local cable company that you will go to the phone company, or threaten the phone company that you will switch to cable. They don't have to care because their duopoly, which is ultimately no better than a monopoly, is safe.

You can get Google Fiber instead in Kansas City, but that is nowhere near nationwide, and will never be in places where they would have to pay bribes to local mayors and city councils to be allowed in.
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I'm going to put down $50 saying this won't make it through the court circuit.
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The FCC is likely to appeal.
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Posted 1/16/14

haikinka wrote:

I'm more bothered about the UK government trying to take away my porn.


As someone who's English, I can't agree more.
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