Art Alexion on 6 Dec 2010 12:56:41 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Net Neutrality

On Monday, December 06, 2010 03:28:59 pm Doug Stewart wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 2:57 PM, Art Alexion <> wrote:
> > Addressing your last point first, are you saying that a consumer who, say
> > wants access to AND their kid's Little League team's web site
> > out to have to subscribe to multiple technologies?
> No idea what you're talking about here. That's not part of the equation.

From my understanding of the issue, it is precisely the equation.  The big 
ISP's want to charge content providers for better throughput, so if the bigs 
sites can afford it [as you put it below], all that Flash and Web 2.0 stuff on 
ESPN would be delivered to customers faster than the basic HTML 4 on the mom 
and pop web site.

> > In terms of the big providers' investments, weren't they made in a market
> > without the tiered service they now intend to impose?  If your really
> > care about markets, they should make their investments work in the
> > envroment in which they made them.
> Here's a question: do you think it's fair to have to pay more if you
> use more of a service? Should nice Mrs. Figg down the road from you be
> forced to subsidize your
> pirated-over-produced-South-Korean-action-flick torrenting addiction?
> Should you be allowed to essentially flood the neighborhood's
> aggregate connection in order to watch live semi-clothed Slovakian
> underwater tennis matches on ESPN360? Or can ISPs reasonably do some
> amount of traffic shaping/QoS in order to try to make sure Mrs. Figg's
> cross-stitch sampler patterns can arrive in a reasonable timeframe
> too?

As I understand it, this is only a small part of the issue being tackled.  
There isn't much money on this issue compared to the above issue.  While 
Comcast gained some notoriety for this kind of stuff, the money issue is the 
one I mentioned above.

And by the way, as a consumer, I don't care about Mrs. Figg if I bought my 
Internet service for streaming sweet talk from Eastern European and Nigerian 
bride material.  You are naive if you think Comcast cares about Mrs. Figg 
anymore.  As long as she remains a customer and pays her bill, their concern 

Again, we are talking about a new revenue stream which elevates content based 
on payments made to the ISP by content providers.

Art Alexion

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