Verizon aborts internet, throws popcorn

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    Now that I've got your attention:

    I'm not really surprised there's no thread on this, but there should be.

    Is this the end of Net Neutrality?

    An Appeals Court ruled in favor of Verizon yesterday, a move that paves the way to ending so-called "Net Neutrality."

    What are peoples thoughts here? Are higher prices and lower quality products around the corner? I saw that some Euro entities are trying to lure the ambitious young techies to come to their free internet marketplace.
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    Wasn't the FCC rule in question fairly young?
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    Yes, 2010. It was a pretty flimsy rule that the FCC was working off of, as I understand it; this wasn't a very shocking ruling, but it could create drastic changes.
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    How drastic? My point in asking is that there wasn't this rash of ISPs nickel and diming content with surcharges before the rule, so why is it a concern so quickly now? It probably isn't a viable business model, and as long as there is no franchise/monopoly on service and consumers can vote with their pocketbook, I wouldn't expect it.
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    It is unless the FCC has the balls to rewrite the regulations.
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    Not to my knowledge, but I'm not a SME on the issue.

    The monopoly issue is part of what makes this problematic. Most Americans don't have ISP options. Even those that do could be losing access to what they want as various ISP align themselves with other entities.
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    I think it will create new businesses, but you have to understand that there aren't many players in the internet infrastructure realm - just two or three - and they've colluded with each other in the past to keep archaic, expensive systems in place.
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    Even if you *do* have multiple ISP options, often the backbone is being leased by that company. Throttling can be done upstream either way.
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    This is true, if it's fiber and few companies possess their own fiber optic networks, provides lease dark fiber from them. The same when it comes to Ethernet over copper since CLECS lease the room for tier 1 providers.
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    It's not the end of the world for net neutrality. The decision was based on the FCC's own rules which the agency has the authority to change. From the linked article.
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    Not into the nuances. Just upgraded my Fios at the office to 70 (doubled) for less $$$.
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    It's another tax scheme... Wait and see. Has this administration ever done something that's good/free/nice for the people?
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    New regulations equals limited access and more taxes. Regulation/s equals taxation.

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