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Can anyone explain Network Neutrality ?

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Help. I am having mental blocks in trying to understand how 'Network Neutrality' will effect us. I googled the subject but after reading the first 10 explanations/articles I still do not understand what it REALLY means for the layman.

 

The main points are people are worried it could impact upon 1)freedom of speech and 2)what web pages we look at, but my question is HOW will it do this?

 

Please in easy understandable terms. Be gentle!

 

Marco.

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Giving your ISP the ability to control how you get data traffic from any site is going against the current state of Network Neutrality

 

Here's what will happen if the Network is NOT Neutral.

 

Your ISP will be allowed to limit traffic based upon IP address or content type.

 

They will let data flow freely from their servers but limit traffic from other servers.

 

Traffic from file sharing sites or bit torrents will be limited.

 

Traffic from youtube or video.google will be limited.

 

Let's say NetFlix starts a movie download service. You're currently allowed to use your full bandwidth to download movies.

 

One day your IPS signs an agreement with Blockbuster to offer movie downloads. As soon as this happens they throttle back any traffic with NetFlix to get you to change to Blockbuster. Or they will remove the throttle to NetFlix if you agree to pay extra.

 

Any way you look at it, Network Neutrality is the only way to keep the Internet as we now know it.

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for some reason i thought of the whole net neutrality debate beetween the big companies who laid out the main internet and the small companies who think they should have the right clog it up with huge amounts of data for little to no xtra cost.

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Control is the KEY!

 

The big guys want to charge more for bandwidth based upon origin. They are trying to turn the Internet into your cable TV system.

 

You get a little bandwidth for a basic subscription. If you want premium channels you have to pay more. If you want PPV it costs even more.

 

There are billions of gigabytes of dark fiber just waiting to be used. They could just light it up to relieve any actual congestion that might occur in the future. Private companies are buying this dark fiber to assure that they will have a pipe in the event that the big ISPs get control of the data stream.

 

Think of the internet as a pipe. You pay for the pipe and get to put whatever you want through it. Do you want someone deciding that you should pay more for some data than other?

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Guest Kobalt

Sad thing is we got a bunch of idiots in congress that don't understand this.

 

And the big telcos have paid them off big time to vote on their side. :(

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ExRoadie, those are great explanations of the issue!

 

The "pipe" analogy hits the issue right on the head. My ISP is already pulling that crap here in Ct. with d/l speed. "X" for X$. Want faster? Cost = XXX$!

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We've got a few guys on our side including Trent Lott and Thad Cochran from Mississippi.

 

I've briefed both of them on the issue and they understand that no one wants another "cable TV industry".

 

I also have them on our side of the FCC Broadcast Flag issue so we'll be able to record digital media off the air, cable and satellite.

 

Contact your Senator...

http://www.senate.gov/

 

You can check their schedule of meetings here...

http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/committee...ee_hearings.htm

 

Let them know your feelings on the issue.

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... My ISP is already pulling that crap here in Ct. with d/l speed. "X" for X$. Want faster? Cost = XXX$!

 

That's simple economics. It takes better, more expensive equipment to give higher speeds. It's only fair that a company that provides the higher speed be allowed to recover its costs and a fair profit.

 

What I object to is that (evidently) they will now limit the bandwidth I've paid for if the site I'm trying to connect to hasn't paid them extortion.

 

I've started a discussion on my forum, perhaps someone could duplicate it here?

 

[Added]

Sorry for the necrotopic but I've just read about this though, I've been seeing it in action, and hadn't realized that is what was going on.

 

Im not sure spock, you want the discussion copied in this post here?

Krank

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