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Thread: Net Neutrality

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    Re: Net Neutrality

    The issues around net neutrality are really important. In the USA net neutrality refers to the last 1 mile of connection to the end-user premises. The back end connections are covered by "peering contracts".

    In the USA prior to @Jan 2014, telecom ISPs and cable provider ISPs both conformed to a FCC ruling that "peering agreements" were revenue neutral. In Jan 2014 the US courts struck down this ruling as applied to cable providers like Comcast, Verizon, ATT, Time-Warner Cable opening those providers to charge for "fast path" through their cable networks. The ruling only applied to cable/broadband providers. Telecom ISPs still have to abide by "revenue neutral" peering agreements.

    What this means is 2 fold: Companies looking to access consumers who's only connect to the internet is via broadband/cable have to pay a premium fee for enhanced peering if they do not want to be "throttled" to the slow==standard lane. It also means that consumers wishing to access providers/content that do not have enhanced peering agreements will suffer "slow downs" in delivery of the content.

    There are options in front the FCC now and 2 bills in Congress with mutually exclusive proposals, none of these are attractive or easy to implement. Even if you don't have a direct comment, you can voice your opinion to your providers and content delivery services.

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    Re: Net Neutrality

    You also have to remember, the next step in this process is charging you, the consumer, extra for wanting to access "premium" high traffic websites. You may not think so, but all it takes is for the cable companies to agree again. And remember, they have the collective power to shut out new competition in the market who may wish to "buck the trend".

    If you do not care what companies pay (even that small start up or charity trying to change the world), take heed in the warning signs.
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    Re: Net Neutrality

    Done and done,

    Nice thread.

 

 

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