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Why Carriers Won't Win War On Netflix
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jries921
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2/7/2014 | 1:29:55 PM
Obvious slowdowns
It's true that deliberately slowing down third party packets will be hard to hide, but I don't think that's the point.  All that's required is deniability plausible enough that proof is hard, but not so plausible that service owners don't know who to pay off or who not to offend (organized crime bosses have been doing that for decades).


And I don't think complex rules are required to enforce net neutrality.  All that's required is one sentence in an Act of Congress forbidding ISPs from prioritizing network traffic on the basis of who sent it and a couple of more sentences spelling out the penalties.  ISPs would continue to be able to sell bandwidth as they've always done.  And ISPs could continue to prioritize on the basis of protocol, as they've always done.


And as you note, it's not hard to deduce when collusion is in progress or when particular users are being deliberately slowed down.  That would make it easier to enforce such a law.

 
Lorna Garey
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2/7/2014 | 1:26:37 PM
Re: I hope carriers win
I'm not sure your analogy helps your case.
AndujarC438
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2/7/2014 | 12:49:59 PM
I hope carriers win
How irrational to root for Netflix over the carriers. It demonstrates the ignorance of basic business principles. If you want more and faster internet you need building the internet to show a profit. If the internet is a pipe then Netflix gets to dump as much water into that pipe without any charge. You will never get massive building of bigger pipes with that model. Just like rent control stymies construction and leads to shortages of housing and dilapted housing that does exist. 

The author displays a stunning ignorance. 
Somedude8
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2/7/2014 | 12:46:26 PM
Greed Trumps All
The mortgage meltdown wasn't because our country suddenly spawned thousands and thousands of corrupt and greedy people, it was because the tempation was too great.

The tempation is far too great for ISPs to not throttle. Franlky, I find it almost ludicrouse that people would think that ISPs won't start acting in a way that they see as 'monetizing their existing investment'. Maybe not this morning, maybe not even next week. But very soon, if not already, we will absolutely see the major ISPs dipping their toes in the water. Too much temption not to.
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2/7/2014 | 9:58:49 AM
Dinosaurs
Services like Netflix are revolutionising the entertainment industry and ISPs would be far smarter to get onboard with it and help push it forward, rather than trying to limit it simply because it uses a lot of bandwidth. 
jfeldman
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2/7/2014 | 8:18:30 AM
Broadband test data via FCC
In case you're looking for actual data (not hyperbole, not conjecture, but data) about real broadband speeds, you can find it here, at the FCC's "Measuring Broadband America" report.  (This uses SamKnows technology that I refer to above).  Enjoy--  http://www.fcc.gov/measuring-broadband-america
Charlie Babcock
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2/6/2014 | 9:12:30 PM
Net neutrality may not be free
I read the Washington Post story about David Raphael yesterday and didn't automatically conclude Verizon was slowing AWS traffic. But the finger of suspicion pointed in that direction, once the Verizon service rep said it was. Let's keep testing, as Raphael did, for the possible reality of such an action, just in case. The price of freedom (or in this case, net neutrality) is vigilance.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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2/6/2014 | 5:20:18 PM
Re: Reaping what they've sown
Oh, I absolutely do!
jfeldman
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2/6/2014 | 5:18:28 PM
Re: Reaping what they've sown
Unbundling... you know you want it. :-D
Lorna Garey
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2/6/2014 | 4:59:34 PM
Reaping what they've sown
Just the fact that so many smart, technically knowledgeable people are MORE than ready to believe Verizon is throttling Netflix (and it could as easily have been Cox or Comcast as Verizon) is pretty telling in itself.

As another commenter pointed out, when one is a monopoly, one acts as a monopoly. Carriers' customer attitudes range from "meh" to outright hatred. When's the last time anyone raved about their cable service? All it will take is a few cases where the smoking gun is real and the mainstream media explains the issue in a way the masses get, and I predict the cries for blood will get deafening.
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