I watched the video. Colour me confused. I am not sure her analogies hold up and she completely ignores the laws of supply and demand. She also starts out with a presupposition of fair-play, which we all want, but is it realistic? ALso puts the blame on the FCC's inabilty to enforce its own rules.
Her argument that net neutratlity in Japan and Korea leaves me wondering if it is indeed the case. Here in Canada I hear the same argument but the pundits here say it is better in the US and Sweden.
I know I should care, but this is harder than placing an X on a ballot form and in addition not being in the US means that I don't really get a say anyway. Just like I don't get a say on the leader of the free world...
It's difficult to make a judgment when there really isn't even agreement on the definition of "Net Neutrality." The fact that it's become quite politicized makes it even more of a challenge to determine who's telling what truth, when and where.
On the one side are the Left, who believe that government has absolutely no place in something like this; that it should be 100% up to the people, so market forces can determine value and pricing; keeping everything fair (by their definition of fair). On the other side are the Right, who believe that government has absolutely no place in something like this; that it should be 100% up to the people, so market forces can determine value and pricing; keeping everything fair (by their definition of fair). Somewhere in the middle are people who believe government regulation is needed to keep everything fair (by their definition of fair).
Today's Internet really is infrastructure more than it is a business. It's like the highway system, but with more on and off ramps. Treating it like that would probably lead to a decent and livable outcome.
The problem has several layers. Imposing government controls won't fix it, but instead will just change it into a different problem. In most communities in the US, Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner, or whatever ISP is available operate under contracts made with local governments. Their pricing structure and amount of competition, if any, is set by the government. They operate without any real competition or incentive to improve their service.
When is the last time your ISP came to you and said "what will it take to keep you as a customer?" That's never happened to me or anyone else that I've heard of.
The cost of running copper or fiber to each and every home is so high that it makes it almost impossible for any other company to try to break this stranglehold. What is needed is reliable, high bandwidth, and inexpensive wireless communications. I'm not nevessarily promoting cellular, because the data rates and data limitations that currently exist are just too low for most homes. But a wireless router on a pole down the street might solve the problem. Multiple ISP's could offer the same service within any given neighborhood, creating competition, which brings with it the incentive to provide reliable and efficient service.
If we go another step and eliminate the customer contracts, then we have pressure from the customer to keep the service "fair" by threatening to leave at any moment.
@Max: We never dreamt of the Internet back in 1957
Well, maybe you didn't dream of the internet back in 1957, but I did. In my dream I was in my crib and had just finished a nice bottle of milk. Then there it was, a giant web covering the entire world. I thought to myself, that's a world wide web.
Max wrote: I prefer to think of my forthcoming birthday as the 36th anniversary of my 21st birthday LOL
I switched to reporting my age in hexadecimal a while back. That changes your 57 to 39. When I hit 43, I wasn't sure hexadecimal was a good idea, so I had to think about it: "2B or not 2B, that was the question". [ducks]
@max I was very happy to call mine my 57th birthday. I'm proud to be a granddad and would never want to relive those previous years. Although I would love to get my hands on a functioning TI 990 minicomputer, the system that I cut my teeth on back in the early '80s.
@Antedeluvian...on my wife's 40th I found a card that said on the front "So you're turning 40? But you're not going to be cranky and grumpy and otherwise and snappy, are you?" Inside it said "Of course you can! Old people are like that!!"
If I hadn't bought her a nice flowery lovey-dovey card as well, I don't think I would be here now....
Nice to see that Australia is in the vanguard of high speed wireless again. (Didn't someone from CSIRO invent Wifi?)
What a contrast with our government. The previous mob had a "National Broadband Network" rolling out that would have seen a world class fibre to the home network for most people in built-up areas. The current government is scaling this back to "fibre to the node" and using the crappy old copper wires for the last mile - giving speeds barely better than we have now.
I was recently in my old home of Zimbabwe - power cuts, no water, no streetlights.... but guess what they are doing? Fibre to the home if you want it. You gotta wonder about our politicians.....
@Max....it's an excellent video. How an ISP cannot be classed as a telecomm carrier I don't know. Seems the Australian Government does not have a monopoly on stupidity as I thought (not really, I'm not that dumb :-) If they want to be classed as information services, let them be that and hit them as accessories to every child porn vendor and money-laundering scam. They'll soon change their tune.
Watching that video pulled me into the infinite time sink known as Vi Hart videos. The few that I were saw mathmatics based. Her voice at first convinced me that she was Myla Goldberg (author of the Bee Season and other novels) but it didn't take much "research" to quickly determine otherwise. OK, that was rambling. To the topic at hand, we certainly are throttled and I am convinced that Youtube is as throttled as anything. Not sure who is throttling, though. Is it Google or our ISP? It was interesting that as I was listening to the Vihart video, it stopped for a full 30 seconds. I happen to be the only one on line in our household... Mmmmm.... In fairness, I reduce my kiddies QOS on our router when someone is being a bandwidth hogs. I'll even throttle myself but it is at my own convenience... It's hard to blame Comcast, AT&T, and others for doing the same...
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