My jury (aka my decision) it still undecided on the whole ‘net neutrality’ but I’m glad to hear that Comcast lost it’s case for Net Neutrality today. In short, the FCC ruled that it’s illegal for Comcast to interfere with high-bandwidth peer-to-peer traffic.
My reason for being undecided? I don’t have all the facts. I’d like some empirical evidence proving one way or the other that those downloading large files from P2P sites really screws things up for web surfers like me. At this point, though, I’m ANTI Net Neutrality and here’s why: I recently tested a Netflix Player. In order for me to stream content, especially of that caliber, I needed a reasonably high download speed. If Net Neutrality was imposed I might have had choppy video with long buffering times. Most importantly, though, is that if Comcast and Timewarner got their Net Neutrality, it would be like imposing a passive aggressive monopoly on all visual media going forward, because it would force folks like me to choose Cable over on demand streaming services like Hulu and Netflix.
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