Discuss: Net Neutrality Repeal

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November 23, 2017 at 04:58:55
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that the FCC chairman has announced plans to repeal "net neutrality" rules. Discuss here if you think this will happen, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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November 23, 2017 at 08:38:49
My spin on this is big business is pushing for a repeal so they can eliminate the competition. Business has already set the tone for where this is going. First subscribers pay for unlimited fast internet then the providers sell first place in line to businesses willing to pay for guaranteed fast internet. This means either the ISP needs to speed up their system, or the little guy gets the crumbs. Net Neutrality rules are supposed to prevent this from happening.

Instead, why not build a system with the capacity to handle whatever is thrown at it. I have posted on this topic before because I have some knowledge of the cable industry from the consumer stand point.

Right now, every cable co. builds out their own system but shares the pool of available customers. Instead, why not have a company the builds out a better system (AKA fibre), That MUST sell bandwidth to all licensed ISPs while at the same time, not in competition with them.

Right now the ISP (WOW) that I am typing on is running on cable installed in 1998 and doesn't have the capital to upgrade. At the same time AT&T U-verse is running their system on 80 year old phone lines for the last mile. Even then they are not pushing U-verse anymore but teamed us with Direct TV to increase their bandwidth.

Verizon tried installing Fiber to the house in some cities at least 10 years ago but had to give up the idea due to cost. I read at the time the cost to run Fiber optic cable be each home was over $900. Keep in mind they only sign up a third of those homes at best.

So, to sum it up, if the USA wants to compete with the rest of the world, we need to build a much faster system that projects future needs. Right now it is "play catch up".

Below is a 2 year old thread here on this topic.


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