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Old 02-27-2015, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We're screwed either way. Humans are involved in both the private sector and government sector, and as such, have motivations that don't necessarily have the well-being of the customer in mind.

Part of the reason internet in the U.S. costs so much compared to other countries is geographic; we're all spread out over a large area. It's much easier to build the high-speed infrastructure in Japan, which is the size of California, and has half the population of the U.S.

The gov't will always dream up excuses to violate privacy and liberty in the guise of maintaining safety.

Net neutrality has more to do with laws regulating the level of service than who controls the service. Net neutrality means giving equal priority to all data traffic, regardless of who the data belongs to, or the type of data.

I tend to lean more towards private industry having the freedom to write their contracts however they wish. We idiots deserve whatever we agree to. Also, it makes sense that time sensitive data such as VOIP be given a higher priority than streaming porn. I say we are idiots because every cell phone contract says something like "you agree to pay your bill in full, on time, every month, for the duration of the 24 month contract, and you may not ever get service. Even if our service sucks, you agree to pay a small fortune if you terminate the contract early." Millions of us have signed a contract like that agreeing to horrible terms.

Like all things, a balance between freedom and the well-being of the community must be achieved. Laws must protect the freedom to exchange information of any type, but still ensure time-sensitive data such as VOIP is delivered in time. It would be fair to charge more to a customer that has special needs, to ensure their level of service.
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