Death to Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality has been overturned. What does that mean? The means that the regulations making sure that ISPs deliver the data you want fairly are gone. Now, Xfinity, Verizon, and AT&T can preferentially deliver some data faster than other data. The ISPs have been toying around with data caps and throttling when you exceed a certain amount, which is complete bullshit. Why is it that anyone has to pay extra just because more data is used? The whole stress on infrastructure is bullshit. The infrastructure that the ISPs use were built with the help of tax payer money, and now we have to pay the troll extra when we use it too much? Data caps are bullshit. I think we can all agree on that.

But now, with Net Neutrality overturned, companies can now give platforms and websites that partner with them special treatment. Imagine AT&T having faster Netflix streaming than any other platform, while customers using the competitors will have to deal with constant buffering. Some people are holding out on a law suit to challenge the ruling, but the cynic in me thinks the war is over. The new battlefield now will be what ISPs do with this new found power. Surely Netflix and YouTube could try to sue any ISP that throttles them just for the sake of it, and why would customers deal with that? Would customers really pay an extra premium to access what they used to access for not additional cost? I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t pay an extra ten bucks to have Facebook as an added feature for any ISP internet package.

With in the next few years, we’re going to see the platforms we once accessed willy-nilly bundled into packages tiered at multiple price points. There will be the social media package, the entertainment package, the blogging package, and etc. Think I’m hyperbolic? Maybe I am, but then again I predicted Trump would be president when the majority thought Hillary had it in the bag. But the real test for you affirmation that this is just hyperbolic fluff is are you willing to bet and by how much? How much are you willing to bet that IF Net Neutrality remains overturned that within five years ISPs will try to put the internet into bundled package offered at a tiered price points?


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