Net neutrality is needed, at this time, in our country,and there is proof of it.
Yes, there is..
I'm not against regulation in general, regulation is like any law.. Some people need to be told that it's illegal and just-plain-wrong to commit murder.. If you do it, then there are legal consequences..
I don't think many of us are against that particular regulation of personal behavior.
Law, it's just regulation.. So, when it comes to business, occasionally, these larger monopolies Need to be told that something is unethical, and if they engage in this lack of ethics, then there will be consequences..
So, Regulation.. I'm not blindly against it - especially if it's warranted..
Pumping toxins into a town's water supply for example. I'm not against regulations banning that either..
When it comes to the net, as has been mentioned, The ISP's are beginning to take the piss..
They are throttling bandwidth, they have barred access to parts of the internet etc., and my ISP has just started to charge for bandwidth..
I don't have cable TV because all I watched when I had it was the news and that was driving me insane.. But I am bound to use their internet service.. Primarily for business, but also to access in-demand content such as Netflix..
...When I originally signed up for the web, it was advertised by my ISP that I would have unlimited internet access.
Now it's limited, now I have to pay for extra bandwidth..
Oh, I ripped them a new one for it via email.. Even got a call back from the ISP and they apologized and actually even agreed that - because I used Netflix, that this would likely - in the near future - require that I pay much larger amounts for internet access, and that they "would look into it"..
.. Sure they will..
Because services such as Netflix is kinda the point for them charging for bandwidth..
They knew, that eventually, people will lean away from 3 minutes of mind-numbing commercials to every 5 minutes of mind-numbing crap they call "Quality Entertainment" for a hundred bucks a month.. When they could get internet with much higher quality lower cost on-demand entertainment services for half of that..
So I can understand a moderate charge for accessing too much bandwidth. That's only fair.. But, even though My ISP does charge for excess bandwidth, If I don't use all that extra bandwidth at the end of the month, I lose the remainder of it - even though I paid extra for all of that extra bandwidth..
As a utility they should be bound to roll-over that additional unused bandwidth.. Like electricity - you pay for what you use and no-more..
So, to recap, I'm not wild about the idea of ISP's who monopolize a service denying access to parts of the internet etc., or severely throttling parts of the internet, or overcharging for bandwidth ..Out of pure greed and just because they can get away with it.
Which is what they have been doing to degrees already..
And getting away with it, as there is no regulation in place to prevent them from pulling this crap.
So, Like I say.. I'm not against regulation.. As we have a few laws now on the books, to regulate personal behavior.. Murder, rape, pillaging - that-kinda-thing..
All "regulation" is, are laws put into place to tell a business what is right or wrong and the consequences for engaging in the wrong..
I AM Against OVER Regulation though'.. Don't get me wrong..Much like any application of law, there is such-a-thing as "too much of a good thing"..
For lack detail into this particular regulation is the reason I can't really say if it's good or bad.. But a certain amount of regulation (law) in how an ISP delivers information via the Internet IS needed, because they can't self-regulate..
And they have proven that.