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FCC Net Neutrality Flap: Fast Lanes Don't Scare Me
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RobPreston
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5/21/2014 | 1:10:30 PM
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Come on, stevew98. You question my critical thinking? I can't even follow your argument. You "wonder why they are fighting so hard to keep the regulation in a state of allowing them to do so"? What does that even mean? The network operators want more freedom to create fast lanes because they want to make money from them. Plain and simple. No one is being duped here. It's quite transparent. Regulation of those operators still exists. The FCC, which was the overseer of net neutrality, has said it will ensure that baseline service is preserved. If carriers look to slow down the traffic of certain content providers or competitors, the FCC is sill there to make sure that doesn't happen. Should it happen anyway under the FCC's watch, there's the hue and cry of the public to also keep the carriers in check. No one is saying the operators can do as they please.
Charlie Babcock
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5/20/2014 | 7:42:55 PM
We have the tools...
We have independent Internet monitoring services with different areas of focus. Compuware and Cedexis are capable of measuring ongoing performance of particular sites; AppNeta can measure performance of individual Internet network segments. AppDynamics and New Relic can measure specific app performance over the Web. With such tools, the FCC should be able to monitor that there's no deterioration of general traffic lanes as fast lanes get implemented.
RobPreston
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5/20/2014 | 9:24:27 AM
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The content providers aren't the customers of the network operators unless they choose to be. No one is forcing the content providers to pay up. And not all the network operators even want to get into the paid prioritization business. The CEO of Comcast has said he's not interested, because, he says, setting up these arrangements would be too complicated. 
Thomas Claburn
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5/19/2014 | 7:27:02 PM
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My worry about antitrust law is that it only considers consumer harm. If telecom giant X owns video company Y and then decides to charge competing video company Z twice as much as it charges its own subsidiary, that may not trigger antitrust intervention.
Lorna Garey
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5/19/2014 | 3:25:46 PM
Encourage munis
I'd be more comfortable with allowing pay for priority if the FCC also made it easier for municipalities to stand up services -- and lo and behold, that seems to be happening: http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/04/state-laws-that-ban-municipal-internet-will-be-invalidated-fcc-chair-says/

"In a footnote, Silberman wrote that "[a]n example of a paradigmatic barrier to infrastructure investment would be state laws that prohibit municipalities from creating their own broadband infrastructure to compete against private companies."

 The Internet is infrastructure. Let's treat it as such. 
RobPreston
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5/19/2014 | 3:13:23 PM
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That's a good point, but Netflix doesn't have to pay more -- it can stay with the standard baseline service. Under the most recent FCC regs, the carriers must provide the same level of baseline service as they have been--the FCC has said it won't abide a degradation of service. If we don't trust the FCC to enforce that stipulation, why would we trust the FCC to enforce net neutrality?


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