Net Neutrality – Explained!

I’ve always taken issue with the fact that neighborhood by neighborhood you only have access to one cable provider.

Dish and DirecTV gave a little competition, but when it comes to apartment living you still have to ask for permission and the cable company may still have the lock on your area. When this happens you have absolutely no bargaining power as a consumer to negotiate prices nor will companies compete for your business. Either you pay for it or you go without.

Recently the subject of net neutrality has come into play with a lot of people scratching their heads and saying “huh?” It’s very boring and hard to understand and the media covers it but doesn’t explain what it is.

I just found this video and want to share. It is hysterically funny and most importantly, he explains what it is and why we need to work against this – for our own best interest as consumers.

As most of you know, I live in a rural area so I have access to one cable provider or satellite as well.  And that one cable company is a small company not a huge conglomerate like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, etc.  They struggle to compete with the bigger companies but do not have the bargaining power that someone like Comcast does.  Who goes without?  The customers.

If you’re one of the folks that hate how Wal-Mart has settled into areas and choked out small businesses, please take note, this is the same business practice.   As you recently saw in the news Comcast purchased Time Warner and as explained in the video, they both were in very different areas of the country.  So by purchasing Time Warner, Comcast effectively took over new areas as a sole provider without ever having to compete for business.  The areas that were of no interest to them, they sold off to other smaller providers…. providers who still won’t be able to provide the same level of service if these proposed practices are allowed to take place.

You will have to move to urban areas to get better service from Netflix.. not because of anything that Netflix is doing, but because of the internet speed preferences allowed by internet providers and if a larger company is providing a smaller company’s service (the smaller company is just reselling – not unlike local utility companies), you’re going to see prices shoot upward and nothing you can do about it.

For the many frugalites who have opted to discontinue cable in favor of Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Project Free TV, etc, this directly impacts you.  Afterall, we’ve even had the option of putting an antenna on top of our TV taken away from us now that everything is digital.

I urge you to enjoy the video then please click HERE and tell them what you think!

The FCC is taking comments on its proposal at OpenInternet@FCC.gov. The initial deadline for comments is July 15 and the deadline for reply comments is September 15, but the agency is expected to keep the inbox open until it votes to finalize the proposal.

{{{hugs}}}

Maggie


 

Cable companies have monopolies on service, neighborhood by neighborhood giving consumers little or no choice.  This is not what should be happening in a competitive free market.  Now you want to have companies like Netflix pay for speed of service, thereby choking out smaller companies or ad only companies such as Crackle and Project Free TV.  This needs to be stopped.  Consumers already pay for broadband speed, subjecting online providers to pay for upload speeds as well has cable companies making money from both ends of the transaction while the consumers lose.

~ This is my submission to the FCC

Update – John Oliver’s show (the video above) created a wave of over 45,000! responses to the FCC website!  Keep it going!

 

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