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Replying to:  how can anyone who uses the internet be against net neutrality? by mkl4466   Jan 25, 2011, 8:46 PM

Re: how can anyone who uses the internet be against net neutrality?

by Iknownothing    Jan 25, 2011, 11:46 PM

Of course you're absolutely right, but it goes beyond that. We have to look at this also from the side of the entrepreneur. Say you have a great idea for a start up business on the old intertubes, you get some capital together and now you're making money, a lot of money. Enough money that Comcast notices and decides to launch a competing business. Now Comcast doesn't need to compete by being better than you at your service, they simply throttle your page until its unusable while advertising their own competing for free to their entire user base. The idea of a non neutral net is utterly stifling to small business innovation.

But let's take it a step further. Let's say that an issue like net neutrality is on the politely table. An issue where large isp's have a vested interest. Now these isp's suddenly have a vested interest in who wins an election. So they start to contribute to senator x's campaign. Ok so far so good until they also start to give him free ad space, then deny service to his opponents web site. Now let's say bloggers start to pick up the story, only to find themselves throttled. The consumer is not free to choose another isp not only because there most likely isn't one in their area but because all these companies now share a common interest.

It maybe a little far fetched but not nearly so much as I would like. It's up to us what kind of a country we want to live in.

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