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    Net Neutrality Without Regulation 20

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Net Neutrality Without Regulation

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"Your view seems a little short-sighted. Do you actually trust ISP providers to behave in a service neutral way if you don't require them too? I'm sure that every large provider would love to have me use their video streaming service in preference to someone Else's. It's a simple matter to..." - greenewr

"The courts have just enabled coorporate greed to take over the service providers decision making. And you and I will be the victims. I don't trust any of the providers not to line their pockets at our expense. It used to be we were protected by the..." - ron19446

 "While this isn't exactly what net-neutrality is about, that ISP blocks certain ports that I would like to upload from my small server, unless I spend twice as much more for their "business class" service, which by the way requires me to rent (not own) the modem and router, which I am not allowed to..." - whelm

"Without an active mechanism to insure net neutrality, the cable companies (who frequently also provide internet access) can simply elect to charge much higher rates to services who threaten their cable TV business case, like Netflix, Amazon, Apple and Hulu among others, rendering these services uncompetitive" - jeffl

"Congratulations! You have just argued that regulations aren't necessary if they work. This is similar to arguing that I should throw away my umbrella because I don't get wet when I use it. Or that vaccines aren't necessary because people who get them don't get the disease they are designed to prevent." - surelyyoujest

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