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Verizon, FCC to face off over "net neutrality"

  • In a case that could have wide repercussions, Verizon Communications (VZ) and the Federal Communications Commission are due to make oral arguments in a U.S. Court of Appeals today over whether the company should be allowed to manage its network as it wishes. On example is charging fees to content providers so that their data is delivered to customers through an express lane.
  • The FCC supports "net neutrality," arguing that Internet service providers should keep the pipes as open as possible so that all suppliers of legal content have an equal ability to send their products over the Web. The FCC fears that charging different rates would disproportionately benefit rich companies and stifle smaller competitors.
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  • Carmello
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    Why is this issue any different from the express lanes in Miami, were you are charged an extra toll to drive with less traffic. We charge different rates for many services in our society.
    9 Sep 2013, 07:47 AM Reply Like
  • Alan1967
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    Because the incentive is for the non-express lane traffic to be interfered with and actually slowed down with the big telcos demanding a bribe for better service.
    9 Sep 2013, 10:16 AM Reply Like
  • me2dumb4college
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    I'm assuming the same reasons why the government has to step in with small business set-asides and other legislation.
    9 Sep 2013, 10:28 AM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    Your internet connection is provided by companies with oligopoly power. We cannot let them arbitrarily raise prices or we will devolve from the global internet technology leader to to a country with the technology industry of a corrupt african republic.


    Furthermore, telco's take enormous government subsidies and valuable free government rights of way on the theory that they create a public good. Thus, they have an obligation to create a public good and not to limit their service arbitrarily.


    And third, when i sign a contract for internet service, i have a right for access to the internet and not merely the information the telco arbitrarily decides to send me.


    The express lanes in miami are provided by the government. The government is not subject to antitrust legislation under the theory that you have control over your government and can thus ensure they provide services at fair prices.
    9 Sep 2013, 12:20 PM Reply Like
  • lepanto
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    yeah Carmello, charge more here, charge more there, where does it end?
    9 Sep 2013, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • onlyapps
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    The big telcos should be heavily regulated to protect consumers. But they are not, because they are top political contributors, millions are spent on lobbying in their favor, and the soon to be new FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler has spent his career in the telco/cable's back pocket and will now be the fox guarding the hen house. And you were wondering why your telecom bill is so high, service is sub-par and in many areas non-existent...
    9 Sep 2013, 11:11 AM Reply Like
  • 1inamillion
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    What if Verizon slowed seeking alpha down to a crawl because they don't want to pay a high fee to deliver free content. I pay Verizon $30 a month for my iPad, and AT&T $250 a month for my iPhones. To let them decide which sites move slower or faster would breach their contractual and advertised obligation to me by not delivering anything I want at the fastest possible speed. I understand increasing profits, but if you regulate it from both ends, why am I paying so much. Also I pay $220 a month for AT&T U-Verse at my house, so if they do the same thing there so much for using the Internet to share information FREELY and unrestricted.
    9 Sep 2013, 11:55 AM Reply Like
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