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Verizon Challenges FCC's Net Neutrality Push

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They're certainly not worried about consumers

Simply_Eric

Jan 20, 2011, 4:43 PM
We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress, and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers."


..........only their wallets. I think the world and consumers have gotten by just fine with the internet operating wide-open as it always has been.
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SquareCircuit

Jan 20, 2011, 4:56 PM
agreed, allow me to use the device as i see fit
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jskrenes

Jan 20, 2011, 6:14 PM
To some extent, net neutrality hurts customers. When Verizon or other service providers can solicit money from websites to allow them to load faster on their network, that gives companies an additional revenue stream other than traditional customers. If they don't have that, they'll just raise your rates. Plus, this might allow for other creative agreements, say a partnership where Netflix of Blockbuster streaming doesn't count towards data usage because Verizon and Netflix have entered into a revenue sharing agreement.

It hurts customers when an ISP outright blocks a website or service from their network.
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Slammer

Jan 20, 2011, 6:34 PM
I want to agree with you. But the bottom line is, that they are going to raise rates anyway no matter what. Consumers are always used as pawns in arguments by corporations. Yet we are always the ones to lose in the long run.

So let's say VZ wins. They will still continue to find other ways to rip you off and you are now subject to certain restrictions.

In short, you lose. They win.

John B.
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muchdrama

Jan 20, 2011, 8:10 PM
Slammer said:
I want to agree with you. But the bottom line is, that they are going to raise rates anyway no matter what.


Absolutely. Verizon will never EVER have customer interests at heart. Ever.
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Azeron

Jan 20, 2011, 11:08 PM
Of course not. All of the carriers are blood suckers. The bigger they are the bolder they are at fleecing consumers.
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ells2187

Jan 20, 2011, 7:17 PM
do you honestly think that will keep vzw from charging us more? i dont. you know, in the land of the free, it seems that less and less is truly free. apparently not even on the internet will we be free to do what we want. is that what you really want? vzw will kill off way more creativity than it will produce if they are allowed to do this. i know you're blinded by your love for big red but its time to take off the beer goggles and actually look at what you are taking home. a money hungry control freak hell bent on a monopoly of everything. im just saying that if say t mobile had the coverage that vzw had. we wouldnt be having this conversation.
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Azeron

Jan 20, 2011, 11:07 PM
I hope you have a plan for T-Mobile to expand their coverage to stop this.
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trenen

Jan 21, 2011, 12:31 PM
How is the FCC getting more power than they are constitutionally allowed to considered being 'free'? That's a government takeover which, if you know anything about history and current events around the world, is not freedom.
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ells2187

Jan 21, 2011, 2:05 PM
idk if you caught what i was trying to say. im not usually a fan of the FCC but they finally got something right with the net neutrality thing. im smashing vzw not the fcc. and my reference to "free" was in reference to vzw wanting to control what its customers are able to do on the internet. and as far as the government takeover, well at least we have some control over who does what upstairs. i appreciate your view of our corrupt system but it doesn't have much to do with what i was saying.
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Azeron

Jan 20, 2011, 11:05 PM
I did not think anyone would defend the indefensible. I should have known. (*Sigh*)
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mycool

Jan 21, 2011, 8:53 AM
You do realize that if, for example, Verizon started billing NetFlix to be accessible NetFlix will have to raise it's rates to continue bringing in the same revenue. I guess you're assuming they'll just still offer unlimited streaming for $8/month and be able to afford to pay off Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile, Sprint, Road Runner, WOW, Cox, etc. That's just a touch of the companies that are out there that could potentially follow suit and say they want a cut as well.
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muchdrama

Jan 20, 2011, 8:09 PM
Simply_Eric said:
We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress, and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers."


..........only their wallets. I think the world and consumers have gotten by just fine with the internet operating wide-open as it always has been.


Wow! All the rational posters are out today! Indeed.
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