by Anura Guruge
>> Net Neutrality is dead — Jan. 15, 2014.
I think, that better than most, I understand and appreciate the thorny dilemma of Net Neutrality.
I LOVE Net Neutrality, and am willing to fight for it, WHILE at the same time knowing that it is very Un-American and that in most of my other dealings in life I would rail against it!
Net Neutrality cut to the chase says that on the Web you should NOT have to PAY MORE to get better service.
That is it.
WITHOUT Net Neutrality it would be possible for service providers, especially the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), to charge differentiated prices for better access — i.e., faster access.
No different to airlines charging you a fee to have priority boarding or Disney charging you more to get into shorter lines for the rides. That is what this is all about.
Without Net Neutrality you can suddenly find that a Google search takes forever to complete UNLESS you have a ‘Premium Google’ account with your ISP which costs $5/month more.
So, it is PAY TO PLAY.
What is funny is that I keep on remembering an incident from 16 years ago where I kept on RANTING about how Un-American it was.
I applaud that. Thank YOU the Getty Family. And that is Net Neutrality. ‘Free’ unimpeded access.
But, I railed and ranted. I wanted to PAY to get faster access. Not being able to say pay $50 and get whisked into the Museum, to me, was Un-American.
In third-world countries you have Baksheesh — i.e., bribes. In the U.S. we have differentiated payment for better access — which is really another form of Baksheesh.
So, that in a nutshell is the dilemma.
The Getty is still free. So is the Web.
But is that too Un-American?
On this I am torn. Yes, I will pay more for faster access IF it came to that — as we know it will.
That we don’t have USAGE-BASED pricing on the Internet has always bothered ME.
I think there is too much bandwidth squandering today.
PLUS, most people have NO IDEA, whatsoever, as to how the Internet gets funded.
When I used to teach Post-Graduate IT at SNHU my first assignment for each course would be for the students to write an essay on how the Internet was funded and whether the funding was equitable. Amazing how so many folks, with a degree in IT, had no idea as to who paid for Internet access and use.
Obama could fix Net Neutrality with an Executive Order. He may want to think about that because he has no other legacy — other than his lies and incompetence.
Net Neutrality, for sure, is socialism on the Web.
Well, at least Obama can have the last laugh and prove that he is indeed a socialist by making Net Neutrality the law for at least a few months — until Chris Christie becomes President. Then of course lane closures on the Web could take on a whole different meaning.
“You didn’t vote for me?”
“OK, your will only have 64 Kbps Internet access from now on.”