I remember reading a few years back that the federal government handed the ISPs a few billion to improve the service and expand to more locations. Not sure if it was tax breaks or just a big check. But they clearly squandered that and hid all relevant information.
This infuriates me! AT&T is going to pull the self-righteous card and say that Netflix should pay for the service AT&T offers?! Upgrade your lines and hardware, and you wouldn't have to deal with it AT&T! Since the US is at the bottom of the list with the slowest data networks, its up to the data companies to fix that. Don't blame others for your own shortcomings. The fact that they wont recognize themselves as the ones at fault here is retarded.
I've always hated the large communication and data companies for shit like this. With the Comcast/Time Warner merger, its just going to get worse :S
If we're paying our f***ing internet; what they advertise and outline that we're paying for, we, as consumers should be entitled to it. Someone else shouldnt have to pay what we're already paying, and we shouldnt have to pay more! If you advertise a 50MB/s like for 79.99 a month, i should be allowed to saturate that f***ing line through and through 24/7 for the whole month if I want to. Thats what we're paying for.
How we use the internet shouldn't be left up to isp's. This is just a money grubbing tactic. I am a little disgusted there would be articles supporting the idea of why net neutrality is bad. Are we going to run out of bandwidth? No. Does comcast already have unreasonably high priced services? You bet. Are they going to suffer letting users access online in any way shape or form? Nope. They are bitter and angry that netflix may cut in to their business model of having streampix and ordering pay-per-view. While are they suffering financially? I don't know, ask everyone who's paying $150-$200 a month for internet, and cable, and phone. Some people are up that high without any deals or phone service, just cable and internet. We are likely going to see netflix rates go up so ISP's can reap the profits. All under the guise of, we are running out of bandwidth! It simply isn't like mail, all digital content is the same no matter where it originated from. Mail is bulky, heavy and physical, and in order to use that service, it must be paid for. Well, we are already paying for the internet, so the service is compensated. Not only that, these isp's are well compensated. We pay for the use of the internet, netflix pay's for access to the internet too. So why do isp's get to be the middlemen and syphon off even more when we are already paying for the service. I hope the absence of net neutrality backlashes those who publish stories like this.
Couldn't have said it better, Jeordie
I am pro-Net Neutrality even though i know you can type it out and spin it so people seem sympathetic. Eventually this will end up before Congress AGAIN or court and moral vs bank accounts will see who wins the day.
"I hope the absence of net neutrality backlashes those who publish stories like this."
To clarify, this isn't an anti-Net Neutrality editorial opinion piece. It is, however, a *news article* summarizing AT&T's rebuttal to Netflix's blog post, i.e. the other side of the story on the Net Neutrality debate.
Your wrath should be directed at Jim Cicconi and AT&T. It certainly should not be directed at HH for bringing this light.
I think this is stupid Netflix does have a valid arguement. They will lose a bunch of customers if Comcast or other companies force the customers to not use the service. This also goes for other services as well.
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