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[eweek]Lawmakers Renew Efforts to Enact Net Neutrality Bill

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With scant time left in the 110th Congress and no apparent interest in network neutrality in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., reintroduced May 7 the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act.

The bill would prohibit broadband network providers from charging some companies extra fees to run content at the same speed and quality as the network owner's own content or the content of favored providers
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If we allow companies with monopoly or duopoly power to control how the Internet operates, network providers could have the power to choose what content is available
That is really the problem. I have two legitimate options locally, Qwest and Cableone. If they both decide to do this I have no one else to chose from and I couldn't vote with my wallet.
    
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That is really the problem. I have two legitimate options locally, Qwest and Cableone. If they both decide to do this I have no one else to chose from and I couldn't vote with my wallet.
That would never happen, unless they collude, which is illegal. If one starts going all Stalin on their customers, the other will see this as an opportunity to increase its market share (offer cheaper prices, more bandwidth, etc.). Competition will keep things in check.
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Already happening in some places thier was a news article a month ago about it a isp is testing stuff if a website does not piggy up some money then they load slower then the ones that do. I don't remmber if it was in the usa or not tho.
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That would never happen, unless they collude, which is illegal. If one starts going all Stalin on their customers, the other will see this as an opportunity to increase its market share (offer cheaper prices, more bandwidth, etc.). Competition will keep things in check.
You're underestimated the ability of companies to work together without making it obvious. Additionally there is very little competition in the US for ISP since the networks don't cover much of each other's areas.
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Already happening in some places thier was a news article a month ago about it a isp is testing stuff if a website does not piggy up some money then they load slower then the ones that do. I don't remmber if it was in the usa or not tho.
It was in the UK.
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You're underestimated the ability of companies to work together without making it obvious. Additionally there is very little competition in the US for ISP since the networks don't cover much of each other's areas.
They would eventually be caught. I wouldn't worry so much about it, because for every pro-business lobbyist in Congress, we have three loud mouth anti-freemarket commie... erm, liberals. It all evens out at the end .
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I would really like to see people start sending letters about this issue. I'm hoping "fingers crossed" Americans would remove from their rear ends and realize whats happening/could happen with our internet. Most of the customers I meet daily have no clue about Net Neutrality and look at me as thou I'm spouting computer geek speak. I would say on average about 30-40 customers a week haven't a clue.
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Already happening in some places thier was a news article a month ago about it a isp is testing stuff if a website does not piggy up some money then they load slower then the ones that do. I don't remmber if it was in the usa or not tho.
Virgin Media, My isp sadly
    
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