Agreen, I like your analogy of pizza and cheeze neutrality! That is great!
You are right and Phil's point is excellent! The balance and restriction of regulation that enables the markets to respond to customers IS the real issue. You have framed it beautifully - now why won't the press report it with neutrality?
By the way, I love your cat - even he/she could understand the issue better than the press has reported!
So funny, I love the analogy. Here's another. Turnpikes were created to allow people to speed along the freeway faster, the challenge is that you have to pay a little in order to get that extra speed. Else you'll be stuck going along highways or side roads at half the speed. Key thing with turnpikes is that you pay for the extra speed -- this has been going along for years, and everyone accepts it. The tolls pay for maintenance of this extra service.
It is just "good business" - the Pizza parlor up the street from me installed a new brick oven and started using 1.5xs the amount of cheese so they raised the price by a quarter. As of yet the community consumer group in the area has not protested the practice as a violation of Pizza Neutrality - the cheese cap is just good business as well.
You're right, Phil! ISPs already charge more for more bandwidth. I pay -- and my employer pays --Verizon a premium to ensure I get speed adequate to support my daily work. If I didn't pay that fee, I'd be suffering slowdowns that signal my limit has been reached.
I don't need to be your "friend," but I would like my real friends to be able to find ME, not some other Phil Harvey. That's why I'm using Google Profile and Twitter, but tapping the brakes on Facebook and giving up on LinkedIn.
EU operators are considering joining up to create a pan-European network to reduce competitive overbuild and cost. This might lower costs and focus operators on higher-level, more interesting services.
Congress is considering a bill to extend a moratorium on Internet regulation changes for two years. But with issues like service quality, cloud performance, and privacy looming, we risk contaminating the Internet with fraud.
The risk of the ITU taking over the Internet is overblown. First, it's almost certain its goals are simply to create orderly interconnect and settlement. Second, how good a job has ICANN done anyway? If we don't like international control we should clean up our own processes in both governance and interconnect!
Just when it looked as if everyone was agreeing on net neutrality rules, the DC Court of Appeals has said the FCC has no authority to enforce them. We're now in for a period of regulatory chaos where everyone will have to try hard to follow, and influence, the issue.
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