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    • "By ending net neutrality, the Trump administration’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order gets government out of the business of telling ISPs how to run their networks. This puts consumers and private businesses back in charge of how the internet operates." You mean the same monopolies that are already in charge of how the internet? Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, etc? Why the hell would you want to put them fully in charge of how the internet operates, with more power than they already have? There is a reason South Korea is far ahead of the US in internet speed. There is much more competition for broadband speed over there, and companies have to compete with better prices and speeds to get their consumers on board. We already see the UK implementing a legal right to high-speed broadband of at least 10 mbps by 2020 because they know companies aren't going to be increasing speeds on their own anytime soon without competition. What will ending net neutrality do? Any smaller companies (not much of them anyways) won't be able to compete against these large ISPs and will soon die out. AT&T is already looking to merge with Time Warner, as well as Sinclair Broadcasting. They see their opportunity and are taking it. I'm not even a liberal, but you're delusional if you think net neutrality is going to be the better outcome for any consumer.
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      • feez
        I am confused. So are you saying thumbs down to net neutrality or to its repeal? I'm leaning toward you saying that ending it will not be beneficial for the American consumer. If so I totally agree. And I don't agree with Mr. Jesse Hathaway on this article. I don't think he knows what he's talking about. The larger companies, as you mentioned, are eating up the smaller competition. We will experience a major ownership of all our internet usage by these few big providers in the near future. There is simply very few major competitors. And despite Mr. Jesse Hathaway's comment about the internet running fine without net neutrality, let's remember that the internet is NOTHING like it has been in the past. I am old enough to know this. I've seen it graduate from an infrequent use of technology in finding little published information to now being a staple in every single person's means of communicating to and with the world. I do agree that the government should not control the internet. But I also fear the major players will be controlling it anyway. And when there's a monopoly there lays the control and power of governing even in the private sector by the private sector.
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      • feez
        The internet managed to survive this long without net neutrality. Nothing will change from before. ISP's are not suddenly going to start booting people off or throttling their connections down to dial up speeds. Stop falling for the fear mongering.
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    • Please, please, stop talking common sense and logic, it's frying liberal brains.
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      • charlec
        If only non-technical people understood technology as common sense and logic.
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    • Market forces already protected consumers, because if an ISP started deliberately slowing down people’s favorite websites and streaming services, or putting an end to free speech, consumers would simply switch to a different ISP. I live in rural Arizona - Trump country and I have only one internet provider. No choice except the obvious. I'll give up surfing the internet. It takes up too much of my time anyway.
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        AZMom86303
        you just contradicted your own argument ..... how do you switch when you have no choice? There is a reason Time warner and Comcast dont operate in the same regions, game theory
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      • Tektronix
        I'm going to switch to not using the internet. I have no other choice. duh
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      • AZMom86303
        I agree that you just did contradict yourself....In fact you kinda proven the need for net neutrality. Lol..in fact you should write to Trump and say "hey, wait a minute. If this is repealed I could get screwed by my only available ISP! I don't want that!". I was hoping Trump wouldn't back this repeal. In fact I was betting it would be the opposite.
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    • Cable companies will not fill their space with adds for themselves (you already subscribe and upsaling on your own property happens everywhere) and they will not allow one company to monopolize their bandwidth because that eliminates competition they want to make more money. Also if that company sucks and ruins the Comcast internet experience Comcast will fire them or you can fire Comcast. The upside of the open market deals with all the Dr evil theories proposed by libs.
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      • Dabz
        I guess the fact that Verizon had blocked both Google Wallet and Google Maps anti-competitively will not convince you. You could find several more examples of similar behavior from ISP giants, it's really not that rare. They are the reason Net Neutrality was revisited not long ago. Not sure why you're so eager to give back the power that was already abused without mentioning any benefits whatsoever. You're also disregarding the considerable amount of users who only have access to 1 ISP.
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      • TrumpIsDump
        I agree that the government shouldn't have their hands in everything and I do believe that is the intent of the repeal, or at least on the surface. Something just seems really fishy about it all though. Isn't the net neutrality there to protect the consumer? It's not telling the ISPs how to do their business especially If you know anything about how 1s and 0s travel on the internet backbone and the huge advances in technology allowing the consumer to see Netflix and Youtube without major congestion.
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      • TrumpIsDump
        You are aware that Google was one of the partners who lobbied for the right for mobile carriers to determine what apps can be run on their networks, right?
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