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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    It’s a good thing the US judicial system knows that ISPs have the right to make money, charging all users for everything.


    Why shouldn’t they charge more for popular sites? Why shouldn’t ISPs who are also content producers not block (or at least charge a lot extra) to access content that they didn’t produce? We should all be grateful for whatever access the ISPs let us have.

  2. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Comcast purposely slowed video streaming traffic between Netflix and Comcast’s own customers in order to extort money from Netflix. Netflix gave in to the extortion to preserve its customer base. They had to make up for that money some how, and now they are raising their price. Comcast basically increased their profits on the backs of all Netflix subscribers. A well written net neutrality law could prevent this kind of extortion and protect consumers.

  3. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 1 year ago

    Imagine if all roads became toll roads, and you were charged not only for each mile you drove, but the rate was higher for the left-hand lane. Or perhaps the rate rose whenever you got above 30mph.

  4. bernardgarner

    bernardgarner said, about 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    Maybe because the net is part of the infrastructure like our water and road systems that we all use and require in our daily life and should not be exploited by the one percent who own it.

  5. nordwonder

    nordwonder said, about 1 year ago

    @bernardgarner

    I’m sure Michael comment were snark, but what you say SHOULD be true. Unless the FCC says the nternet is infrastructure, it is NOT. Comment to the FCC. This is important! http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/15/5720730/how-to-comment-on-fcc-net-neutrality-proposal

  6. Kip W

    Kip W said, about 1 year ago

    This is not about customers paying more or less — we do that now. We buy a plan that says how fast our access is and how much we get.

    The problem is on the other end — the big ISPs want to charge more to websites for how fast they’ll be able to send material. The super rich will be able to blast their material at the fastest rate while the other 99.9% waits through hang-ups, delays, and slow refreshes.

  7. Christopher Shea

    Christopher Shea said, about 1 year ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    Oh, they exist. In some parts of Virginia, at least, there are express lanes where you can drive in exchange for a toll.

    And the one thing I miss from the dialup Internet era is actual competition. Where I lived, I could choose from any of a couple dozen ISPs, most of whom could provide an equal level of service. Now? Cable company, phone company, or spotty unreliable wireless. That’s it for choices.

  8. danketaz

    danketaz GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    So this got nothing to do with the Clippers debacle?

  9. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 1 year ago

    TheTrustedMechanic: That would sure put me and similar researchers out of business. We have our basic load (including gocomics for “relaxation”) but occasionally must spend hours tracking down one little bit of essential data. Hardly within my budget. Or do you believe only corporate wage-slaves deserve the Internet and only for what their corporate bosses permit?

  10. Stuart Gathman

    Stuart Gathman said, about 1 year ago

    @Jase99

    If Comcast wasn’t a government enabled monopoly in the first place, Comcast, not Netflix would be losing customers over the stunt. All it takes is a few customers with ISP-B telling their friends: “I don’t have any trouble with netflix – maybe it’s your ISP?”

    Once again, government causes the problem, and then proposes to “fix” the problem with yet MORE government control. ;-(

  11. Stuart Gathman

    Stuart Gathman said, about 1 year ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    Yes, buy a metered plan, and suddenly the incentive for the ISP to slow down anything you access disappears! No need for yet more government control.

  12. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Stuart Gathman

    “Yes, buy a metered plan, and suddenly the incentive for the ISP to slow down anything you access disappears! No need for yet more government control.”

    Comcast has announced they are “experimenting” with data limits and fees for data beyond the limits. They have not announced any plans to stop extorting money from Netflix.

    http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/15/technology/comcast-data-limits/

  13. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 1 year ago

    @Stuart Gathman

    That’s right. It is all the fault of the law and of the government. First they make a bunch of stuff like robbery illegal. Then they come up with a lot of expensive stuff like police and courts and prisons to “fix” the problem of “crime” that they created by making stuff illegal. We should just let everybody do exactly what they like, and do away will all this “law and order” nonsense. ;-)

  14. SABRSteve

    SABRSteve said, about 1 year ago

    I thought taxpayers already paid for roads?

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    Considering the internet was created by govt it should be a utility not a for profit for some.

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