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Why Carriers Won't Win War On Netflix
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rradina
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rradina,
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2/12/2014 | 2:41:25 PM
Re: The Real issue - True Competition
One more thing is needed.  We need to make sure the leading oil producers don't collude and buy the car companies, tire companies and auto parts companies.  Likewise, it's bad that content delivery companies own content-creating companies.
rradina
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rradina,
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2/12/2014 | 2:34:04 PM
Re: I hope carriers win
I don't think anyone is suggesting rent control.  We're suggesting adequate oversight and enforcement to guarantee that property is rented to everyone regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual preference or economic status.  If they can pay the rent, they get the property.  The rental agreement should be standarized to ensure the interests of both parties are protected and renters should feel safe that the building manager cannot tamper with the delivery of services to extort favors (whatever that might be).

What's also being suggested is that we don't want a single "Mr. Potter" slumlord owning all the property.  We prefer many different property owners competing for renters.  This would naturally keep the properties updated and prices fair.
rradina
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rradina,
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2/12/2014 | 2:17:20 PM
Re: Collusion or Conglomeration? ISPs are regional monopolies. Get the Fiber Rollout on track
"Satellite requires a massive investment in infrastructure (the dish, the dish's "modem," and a dialup modem for upstream)."

 

Satellite-based HSI has been using two-way groundstations for quite a while.  Are you sure they are still deploying modems for the upstream path?
Lorna Garey
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2/11/2014 | 2:25:01 PM
Re: The Real issue - True Competition
Absolutely true. The difference in Comcast service around my area in the PF (pre-FIOS) versus AF (after-FIOS) eras was stunning. Suddenly, Comcast really, really liked me! Those yearly price increases? Thing of the past! You want to know within 20 minutes when the tech will get to your house? No problemo!

 
J_Brandt
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2/11/2014 | 12:25:41 PM
The Real issue - True Competition
In order to achieve true net neutrality is to have true competition for Internet access.  When the average consumer has only one choice for that access, then the carriers rule.  Their customer service consists of what they need to do to get by.  I think that if consumers had real choice, and could easily switch providers, then the carriers would be forced to provide real customer service.  The issue of carriers throttling service evaporates as they fight to provide the best Netflix (or insert name of service here) fearing customer defections to carriers who provide better access.
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2/10/2014 | 5:34:33 PM
Re: I hope carriers win
You want to gift carriers with still more profit on top of their already obscene levels? Do you think that they will then feel the "incentive" to build bigger pipes? It hasn't worked since 1995 when they began siphoning hundreds of billions out of the economy into their bottom lines, and ignored stipulations and their own pomises to plow profits back into infrastructure. What has changed since then? Only that the carriers have gotten bigger, more consolidated, and bolder. Read Bruce Kushnick.
ATotalBlamBlam
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2/10/2014 | 11:55:48 AM
Internet Must Go
In order to support the net neutrality effort, it's important that people keep up to date on the issue. If anyone needs a refresher on the basics, here's this great short mockumentary: http://www.theinternetmustgo.com/
anon5595567285
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2/7/2014 | 4:36:07 PM
Re: I hope carriers win
No, NetFix doesn't pay but all it's customers do. I pay over $70 a month to Time Warner for just internet service for my home and I don't have any other worthwhile choice to pick from if they start limiting so yes I want the gov to prevent them from having that capability since they basically have a monopoly on service around here.  If they want to play in the game then they can play fair and equal with everyone esle.  That isn't ignorance of basic business principals!  Building out their infrastructure is done buy sacraficing a little profit to maintain the system their customers want.  Maybe they should try to keep their customers happy before they try to keep their stock holders happy!

 The local telephone companies version is pathetically slow in this area and not much better than a 56k modem. 
jries921
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2/7/2014 | 1:38:46 PM
Re: I hope carriers win
and the principle of net neutrality would not stop ISPs from offering metered service or imposing limits on the total number of data transmitted in a given period of time.  Vendors do those things now.

 
jries921
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2/7/2014 | 1:35:56 PM
Re: I hope carriers win
Netflix does have to pay its own ISP; its customers have to pay theirs, and those ISPs have to pay their backbone providers using the money they get from their customers.


But I don't have to directly pay ISPs all over the world to make sure traffic to my wife's website isn't lower priority than someone else's and neither should Netflix.

 
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