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chimera

join:2009-06-09
Washington, DC
reply to openbox9

Re: ESPN is not "the Internet"

Except ISPs are giving preferential treatment by paying the source providers directly to access this content instead of simply moving the content they provide over their networks. If this was all happening behind the scenes based on peering or data usage metrics it would be one thing, but it isn't and that affects how the network as a whole operates.


openbox9
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join:2004-01-26
Germany
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Paying for access to content is not preferential treatment. This has happened for a long time in the content distribution arena. Unless the ISPs are discriminating against other data streams in favor of another data stream, it's not a net neutrality issue.


chimera

join:2009-06-09
Washington, DC

There is more to a network than just packets. The existence of this type of model will eventually force ISPs to ration which services they provide access to, and then we run into a case where large sections of the internet start being blocked off. Preventing large providers from having the power to block off, limit access to to impede access to portions of the internet is exactly what network neutrality is about.

The second an ISP has to tell you that you need to pay an extra ten dollars if you want to be able to access your company's web server or Google News network neutrality has failed.


openbox9
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join:2004-01-26
Germany
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said by chimera:

then we run into a case where large sections of the internet start being blocked off. Preventing large providers from having the power to block off, limit access to to impede access to portions of the internet is exactly what network neutrality is about.
What is being blocked? This is where I'm losing you. If I want to watch ESPN, or the Olympics, or ________ (insert content of choice), then I purchase said content. Choice exists to allow me access to whatever content I want. You may not like the price, or the distribution mechanism, but the access exists.
said by chimera:

The second an ISP has to tell you that you need to pay an extra ten dollars if you want to be able to access your company's web server or Google News network neutrality has failed.
Ok, but that's not what we're discussing here.