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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:37 pm UTC

bantler wrote:The entire issue will be moot soon enough.
Some Google/Musk Philanthropists/Assholes will eventually figure out how to beam free-internet over the earth.
Well, memetically, Elon would be the ideal one to follow up on Nikola's free utility dreams…

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby bantler » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:10 pm UTC

My money's on Google. Billionaires hate plumbing issues.

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby ucim » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:04 am UTC

bantler wrote:Some Google/Musk Philanthropists/Assholes will eventually figure out how to beam free-internet over the earth.
But... free internet is the problem. He who pays the piper....

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby elasto » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:43 am UTC

ucim wrote:But... free internet is the problem. He who pays the piper....

Ideally it would be taxpayer funded, free at the point of use, like access to clean water, healthcare, legal aid etc.

Unfortunately that would be evil pinko commieism though :/

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby ucim » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:57 am UTC

elasto wrote:Unfortunately that would be evil pinko commieism though :/
Yeah. Like the public lieberries. :)

However, in all seriousness, one does have to consider the fate of government-run things under seriously dysfunctional (or hostile) governments, the same way one must consider the fate of commercially run things under hostile commercial entities. A year or so ago this would have been theoretical; we now have an experiment underway. If internet access were government-run, how would it likely play out under present conditions?

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby Pfhorrest » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:11 am UTC

If internet access were government-run, it would be by municipal governments, not the federal government, because the problem is in the last mile, not the backbones. So problems with the current federal government don't really factor into it.

Municipality-owned last-mile wiring accessible to a variety of competing service providers would go a long way to solving all the problems in a very free-market sort of way, returning us to more or less what we had (business-wise) in the dialup days, when the phone lines were common carriers (still privately owned, but heavily regulated) and any of a number of local ISPs could offer you internet service over those lines.
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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby ucim » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:30 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:because the problem is in the last mile, not the backbones.
Is it? The problem (wrt net nutrasweet) is that large players can make deals with other large players to give preference to some bits over other bits. Seems the backbones can easily factor into it. Disney can preferentially feed movies to Verizon, if Verizon pays enough. It's up to Verizon to do the last mile, but it can't do anything if it doesn't have the data to begin with.

But yeah, if it's local governments in charge, Disney would have to make deals with the city council (or perhaps the state senate). Might work better, since the incentives wouldn't be there.

How would mobile factor in?

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby Soupspoon » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:26 am UTC

(Various) Local government influence(s) could be as bad as national/global government control. J.D. ("Boss") Hogg in charge of your final country-mile of Hazzard County InternetCo? Or the influence of Omni Consumer Products over Detroit's city-wide infrastructure? Dr Raymond Cocteau of San Angeles?

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby Zohar » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:18 pm UTC

Why do you think Google would provide net-neutral internet? What about their business practices convinces you they won't promote their own content and control above all others?
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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby bantler » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:11 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Why do you think Google would provide net-neutral internet? What about their business practices convinces you they won't promote their own content and control above all others?



They very well might.
But they are also have the leverage to prevent other businesses from stifling their content by just giving away neutral-service.

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby bantler » Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:11 pm UTC

I'm sure the railroad analogy has been beaten to death elsewhere, but it's a reasonable comparison.

If a private-company builds an infrastructure, it's reasonable to expect the company to attempt to maximize their profits by catering to bigger customers with faster or cheaper service. Whether or not the government should have granted rights or should rescind/socialize the infrastructure is a completed different question. The train has left the station.

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby Zohar » Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:14 pm UTC

bantler wrote:
Zohar wrote:Why do you think Google would provide net-neutral internet? What about their business practices convinces you they won't promote their own content and control above all others?



They very well might.
But they are also have the leverage to prevent other businesses from stifling their content by just giving away neutral-service.

Emphasis mine. Google isn't interested in promoting Facebook or Amazon. They'll have to, to an extent, but this is in no way a magic solution. Government regulation is what will solve this, not another giant corporate entity.
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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby bantler » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:32 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Government regulation is what will solve this, not another giant corporate entity.


Your faith in Government efficiency is astounding. It's like you've never ridden a bus, driven on a road or met a public official.

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby Zohar » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:16 pm UTC

I have, in fact, done all those things. I see three ways to deal with net neutrality issues:
1. Don't. Just lose it and become a world controlled entirely to the benefit of big corporations (or just avoid the internet entirely - good luck).
2. Hope/expect corporations to not do it. We have loads of evidence from the past they will control traffic flow to their advantage, to the detriment of competition, innovation, and consumers' interests. Consumers can't boycott or complain because the vast majority don't have alternatives for online access and if there are options - they're usually between giant corporations that agree on this use.
3. Use the solution that has magically worked wonders before but for some reason you think is hopeless - government regulation.

I'm not sure what other options exist. Do you see a different option? What do you disagree with?
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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby SuicideJunkie » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:55 pm UTC

Delivery of standard commodities like water and electricity work quite well in most places. The byte tubes don't seem to be much different.
As long as humans don't have to touch the thing being transported, it works.

Buses, cars, and government buildings on the other hand, are inherently infested with us overdressed apes.

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutella in 2018

Postby speising » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:02 pm UTC

i'm just happy to live in a first world country where i can choose between probably about 30 internet providers, cable, DSL or mobile. if some of them ever start to shape their traffic here, i have some hopes that other ISP's will make it a point to pledge neutrality.

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby bantler » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:23 pm UTC

I don't actually hope for a solution, but I expect technology to solve itself. It won't be long before standard processing-speed and accessible-bandwidth will eclipse any effort to add speed or data limits for usage.

In a tech-war between Comcast and Apple/Google/Microsoft, I'm betting on the latter.

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby ucim » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:35 pm UTC

bantler wrote:I expect technology to solve itself
"Technology" has no interest in what is users want, nor does it care who its "users" are. If you're not the customer, you're the product.
bantler wrote:It won't be long before standard processing-speed and accessible-bandwidth will eclipse any effort to add speed or data limits for usage.
It won't be long before more "enhanced" content will use up all these limits.

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Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Postby Zohar » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:46 pm UTC

bantler wrote:I don't actually hope for a solution, but I expect technology to solve itself. It won't be long before standard processing-speed and accessible-bandwidth will eclipse any effort to add speed or data limits for usage.

The problem isn't technology - most people have theoretical access to 10Mbps and higher speeds, and that's more than enough for 3 screens streaming 4K video at the same time. The problem is you'll be artificially throttled to lower speeds. How will "extra technology" solve that?

In a tech-war between Comcast and Apple/Google/Microsoft, I'm betting on the latter.

What makes you think Apple/Google/Microsoft have any of your interests at heart? Why would they be fighting for you? Why wouldn't they cooperate with everyone else in order to maximize their profit i.e. how much you're spending? Why do you think Comcast isn't busy fighting AT&T? It's because they've agreed with each other how to screw us over instead of each other.
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