TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Confused About Net Neutrality

Re: Confused About Net Neutrality

Robert Bonomi (
Sun, 02 Jul 2006 00:23:30 -0000

In article <>,
<> wrote:

> Hi,

> Been trying to keep up with the Net Neutrality debate but obviously
> it's a confusing issue. My question is, don't we already pay for faster
> service? Don't websites pay based on the amount of bandwidth they need
> to serve out? I know I pay a premium price for cable internet service
> because I get more bandwidth. Seems like most people are willing to
> keep going as we are now -- where the price is proportional to the
> speed.

> How is what the telecoms are proposing different? Are they suggesting
> that they should be allowed to arbitrarily limit or increase the
> speeds with which certain sites or traffic can reach me, regardless of
> what that site and I are paying in terms of bandwidth?

The idea being that the site you are connecting to -- when it is _not_
on the same network provider that you are -- should have to pay _your_
network provider 'something' for that traffic they send into your
provider's network; that if _they_ don't pay your provider, *you* get
degraded service for access to that site, relative to those who do pay

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