Everywhere on steustatiushistory.org people are saying its a good thing. My uncle is saying that its a bad thing. His argument is that before net neutrality the internet was fine. Another one is that the law suits against verizon for slowing down connection speeds lost to Verizon. Please help me


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It's a great thing. Your uncle is saying that because 1) he has no idea about the internet 2) he hates anything Obama did, including the good things. The internet was fine. But net neutrality made it better. If we took it away now. It would be absolutely shit.

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Its a bad thing for ISPs b/c with neutrality, they can't charge you a package deal depending on what sites you visit, or how much you download. And they can't fleece small business who just want equal access to their customers.

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So wanting customers to pay for what they use is "fleecing" now? Are these ISPs supposed to be charities?


You have a town with a nice community and no theft. Never. So there was no law against theft.

But the new town mayor comes and says that theft should be banned.

Your uncle is the dumbass who says "We don't need that law, before that law there was no theft in our community. It will make things worse.".

Well he's right that before that law there was no theft but isn't it better to have that law to prevent theft in the future? How does he know there will never ever be any theft?

Net neutrality is like that law. It prevents ISPs from doing shady shit to throttle the internet. True, they never did that before the law existed. But how do you know they willnever attempt it in the future? Isn't it better to have a law so they can never attempt it in the future?


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This is the most retarded stupid bullshit I've ever read.

before that law there was no theft but isn't it better to have that law to prevent theft in the future?

No, it's objectively, definitely not better.


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Everything was fine right up until it wasn't. In 2014, a year before ISPs were reclassified as telecommunications by the FCC, Comcast started throttling Netflix unless they paid extra. This is exactly what net neutrality prevents; it just wasn't that big of a problem before a few years ago since no one really tried it.


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To be clear though, when you say they made Netflix pay "extra", by "extra" you just mean an amount proportional to the massive amount of band-with they use, right?


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The reason that neutrality was proposed and enacted in the first place is because the ISPs in various areas started limiting traffic to certain sites and services. It was a response to the ISPs trying to take advantage of their newly grown oligopoly.

If there were more competition, then I believe net neutrality would not be necessary. Back in the dial-up days, it was easy just to switch ISPs. You literally just called different number to connect to the internet using the public phone lines. Because of that, there was plenty of competition offering varying degrees of service depending on what you were looking for. This is probably the internet that your uncle is referencing.

Nowadays, the cable lines and now fiber lines are mostly not public, but owned by private companies. These companies generally do not share the lines, so any new ISPs that want to start a Broadband company have to lay down their own lines which require permits and use of certain poles that may or may not be privately owned, so it makes it much more difficult to start up and create the competition that was all back in the dial-up days.

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So, if you don't want to seize the currently privately owned cables and fiber buried all over the states or spend copious amounts of taxpayer dollars building public cables and fiber all across the states, then net neutrality is pretty much the only way to limit the ability of these other companies to restrict where we can go and what we can do on the internet.