Verizon and AT&T Oppose Net Neutrality Regulations

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Biceps

Who would have thought that two companies that are finally about to be regulated would object?  Nice to see the FCC is finally tackling this issue head on.  My understanding is that these companies have posted 10% increases in their ISP business and related profits for several consecutive years, without spending much, if anything, on upgrading the related networks/infrastructure.  Now they will have to upgrade or face consequenses more dire than a bunch of peeved bloggers.  ABOUT TIME!

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ErrantConstruct

So if AT&T is already praciticing net neutrality, why would they oppose such a policy? Way to talk out of both sides of your mouth, man.

They complain that they shouldn't have to follow it with their wireless because its too hard to predict where people will use their phones? So they don't want to upgrade the network to accommodate their users, and they don't keep any records of usage? Couldn't they track where the network is getting slammed and upgrade accordingly? Or, and this is really out there, build an infrastructure that has some head room in it instead of the bottom line? It may not be cost effective in the short term, but wouldn't it be beneficial to plan ahead and give your customers a good experience with your service so they'll stick around and bring in more users and more revenue? Perhaps they are afraid of getting a reputation of good service and too many people joining their networks, forcing them to constantly upgrade.

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grinbills

The irony of that little graphic is that the federal government is far more like the Empire now than any company could ever be.  I think the heart of net neutrality is great.  But as go all things in which the government sticks its fat, sore-encrusted thumb, this will not result in a lesson learned for companies such as Comcast who throttle down P2P connections.  I'm not saying that AT&T and Verizon are Jedi, but I am saying that this new FCC Chairman seems an awful lot like a Sith Lord.  These aren't the droids you're looking for.  Move along.

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BaggerX

You are one seriously uninformed individual.  The government breaking up the old phone monopoly was the best thing that ever happened to the telecom industry.  The problem now is that they've rolled back up into cable/telecom monopolies and oligopolies again.  If the government doesn't take action to prevent them from abusing their position, their customers will continue to get screwed.

Seriously, ask yourself if it really makes sense for them to be allowed to be so vertically integrated, owning everything from the wires running to your house, to the backbones, to the service providers, and even the content that most people use their services to get.  What's to stop them from throttling your connection to sites and services that they feel compete with their offerings?  What choice do you have when they do?  Go to another provider that does the same thing to lock you into their offerings?  The incentives here are perverse and do not benefit competition or customers.

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grinbills

The point I was making is that when the government does the regulating instead of the market, the company doesn't learn any lesson about screwing its customers.  Part of the problem is that we, as consumers, are unwilling to force these companies to quit screwing us.  Honestly, with what Comcast does for example, I should switch to their main competitor in my area, which is Verizon.  But I do not.  Why?  Because I value the speed of my internet access more than I do making my point to Comcast.  So by not taking my business elsewhere, I effectively license their practice of throttling traffic during peak hours.  I should be willing to sacrifice this luxury if I'm so affronted by what Comcast does.  I have made a choice.  And I will be damned if I cry to the government as a result of my choice.  AT&T and Verizon will only do what the government requires them to do because it would cost them more not to.  Most government intervention in the free market does little more than stifle the power of the consumer's voice to companies who practice bad business.  It subsequently creates a dependency on said government to achieve any progress within the market, at which point it is no longer free.  This might punish AT&T and Verizon to some extent, but it punishes any upstart competition to a far greater degree.  If I buy and maintain a lawnmower at my own expense, should the government have the right to come in and tell me when I MUST let my neighbor borrow it?  That is effectively what the government will do to the infrastructure laid down by these companies, subjugate it for use by others who invested no capital in the building and maintenance of it whatsoever, effectively punishing the company that spent its money, time and resources to provide a service.  That is socialism, not capitalism.  I am not willing to give the government that power.  And while me might disagree on the causes of these problems and their solutions, that certainly does not make me uninformed.

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the
rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe
depositories. "  - Thomas Jefferson

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D3lt4

Thats right! Our government, never did anything right, Nothing at all works, its all chaos and nigerian crime rings! And the sith! !!!!!! !!! ! !! ! ! Someone get my lightsaber.

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mesiah

Good, I don't know about everyone else, but I for one am tired of cell phone companies forcing their locked down products on you. Does anyone else feel insulted when they buy a $600 phone only to find out that your carrier locked out half the standard features of the phone just so they can charge you to turn them back on?

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nekollx

 Really they do that? I never Knew :0

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mesiah

I am out of contract with verizon now and my wife will be out next month. I have been concidering the switch to sprint, but I left them in the past because of horrible customer service. I heard it is much improved though, and am willing to give it a try to avoid verizon's pda rate gouging.

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BaggerX

Sprint's billing has improved for me.  I was with them years ago and they would manage to screw up my bill every month pretty much.  Switched to them from Verizon last year, and so far so good.  Helps that we get a discount through my wife's employer too.

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JohnP

 I mean WHAT a SURPRISE!

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zstadt

Best image ever :D

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