Net neutrality, whatever that is, is an big issue. On one side, there’s Netflix, which has a lot of content. On the other side are the ISPs, like Comcast and Verizon and AT&T. And on the other other side, there’s the user.
It appears to me that net neutrality is about who pays for the additional bandwidth and related infrastructure required to handle the volume. I assume that one way or another, the user pays, and it’s just a question of how to divvy that up. Netflix doesn’t connect directly to Verizon and Comcast; instead it uses a lower-cost connection. So what do Verizon and Comcast at all do when they don’t like their cut? They slow down Netflix’s traffic.
I guess if you’re the government, “net neutrality” means “what can you control?”
“Feuds Over Netflix Traffic Leads to Video Slowdown,” Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2014 A1 http://on.wsj.com/1hvXPQk
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