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    Net Neutrality

    Okay, I've been reading a load of links of where people are up in arms about the possibility that net neutrality may have been ended in the US. What is the way forward and how do you see any way that you can shape the future without getting your knickers in a twist.

    http://gizmodo.com/federal-court-inv...501028467/@ace


    Currently, Netflix accounts for over 1/3rd of all US internet traffic. They sell the TV service for $7.99/month for online streaming. They can charge this low amount because they only have license content and setup server delivery. They do not have to pay to provide the infrastructure to deliver it to your home. Who pays for this infrastructure? Your internet providers, who compete with Netflix. So essentially providers are providing for free infrastructure to their competitor (Netflix).

    Shouldn't Neflix become their own IP? Wouldn't that make more sense? One IP for prime stuff and another for the rest of the internet. Is this feasible? Who gets to decide?


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    If Netflix lays its own infrastructure, how is it different from cable?

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    Good point - I think it should be treat itself on the net like a cable company or if it doesn't want to pay out for its own network, should pay big bucks to the IPs. Just sort of worried that the IPs might expect that from everyone.

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    It kind of sucks that we are going backwards on antitrust laws. The US Supreme Court is now dominated by "originalists" that believe the labor movements and trust busting from the progressive era were unconstitutional.

    Netflix does not cut into the bottom line of ISPs. They just want the ability to shake down Netflix, Google etc. Or provide a competing service and sabotage the competition. This is why I'm glad roads are not owned by private industry.

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