What net neutrality means, real-world version

I heard this objection raised just last week–“We don’t need to legislate net neutrality in the United States because it’s trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. Online traffic works just fine.” Cue this story. Comcast, one of the nation’s biggest cable providers, essentially demanded that Level3 hand over some money. See, Level3 has a contract to help provide network backbone for streaming Netflix movies. So Comcast, along with all the other ISPs, is suddenly seeing a rise in people streaming movies at home. Our digital infrastructure hasn’t kept up with increasing bandwidth demand, so Comcast wants to shakedown anyone who actually uses the blazing fast speeds they love to advertise. If you don’t want to pay some “streaming movie tax” and “YouTube usage fee” on your cable bill a few years down the road, read up on net neutrality and call your congresscritter.

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