The deal between Comcast and Netflix is the beginning of the end of "net neutrality" and the end of the Internet as we know it. Like most Internet subscribers, I am paying for a monthly data allowance at a "guaranteed" minimum speed that is fast enough to deliver streaming content. Likewise, content providers are paying their ISP to put their content out on the Internet. It should not matter what content I choose to receive, it should be delivered in a nondiscrimanatory manner.
Apparently, this is no longer the case. Comcast is extorting money from Netflix to ensure that their content is delivered uninterrupted. Netflix has to pay protection money to Comcast, otherwise an "accident" might happen and customers might not receive the experience that they are paying for.
The premise of the Internet is that all content is treated equally; the little startup can compete on an equal footing with the giants. Now this is coming to an end. Either pay the mob for preferential treatment or pay the price of substandard service that drives customers away.
Where will this end? What do you think? Call in to express your views:
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