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Netflix Deal With Comcast: Net Neutrality Domino?

Netflix pays cable provider for fast, reliable service. Consumer advocates fear it's the first of many deals to come.

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Brian.Dean
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3/2/2014 | 10:46:06 AM
Re: Pollyannas think carriers won't use their clout
Everything should be digitally communicated, movie and games etc, that's the aim. Netflix created a deal with Comcast and maybe in the near future Sony signs are deal as well to deliver their games, the average size of a PS4 game is 40GB. If the system is not monetized then data provides will not be able to finance hardware and labor, and consumers should not be expecting 4k video streaming anytime soon.

All this is entertainment material however, the value that consumers derives from 1MB of email data can have a lot more value at times in the eyes of the consumer, if the hypotheses is that these deals are going to create a situation where for example, 1 MB of data is becoming hard for consumers to access then the value of the internet will decrease creating a disequilibrium.
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3/2/2014 | 7:21:19 PM
Re: Pollyannas think carriers won't use their clout
Cable and wireless ISPs have been steadily increasing the speed of our connection for as long as I've had HSI (just after the turn of the century).  If it costs so bloody much to deliver all this, why do they keep increasing speeds and either decreasing prices or charging the same price?

If these folks cannot make ends meet without extorting NetFlix, Sony, Google and the rest, why do they keep increasing the speeds which only allows us to create the bandwidth Armageddon they've been preaching for the past decade?  It just isn't rational to double speeds every few years and then whine about caps, overages and the need to monetize the plant or lest someday soon, even e-mail won't get through.

It's almost like the looming nationwide cannabis legalization providing everyone ever-cheaper product and then complaining about how our consumption isn't sustainable unless the midnight fast food restaurants share some of their bounty.
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