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October 28, 2009

A world without Net neutrality?

Posted: 06:34 PM ET
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Net neutrality is a complex issue, but this user-generated chart posted on Reddit does a great example of illustrating a worst-case scenario.

The chart envisions a future without Net neutrality, where Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are allowed to adopt pricing models similar to cable television. Consumers pay subscription fees for individual slices of the internet that ISPs package into tiered pricing plans.

This pricing model is a far cry from the freedom most ISPs currently offer. Rather than charging for individual Web sites you probably purchase a "dumb pipe" of information from your ISP, and are free to use this data however you wish. But Net neutrality supporters claim without strong neutrality regulation ISPs could change their behavior and consumers will suffer.

Do you believe Net neutrality regulation is required to prevent this chart from becoming a reality or is free-market competition enough to ensure consumers' best interests?

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zenn from Poland   November 2nd, 2009 8:45 am ET

So many commies on the forum. Regulate all! The state should tell what we can do! yeah...
Why do not regulate the bread market? In every single shop and every single bakery all bread should be the same for the same price.
You all should live for some years in any communist country, where the state decided what is good to consumers.

Rey   November 2nd, 2009 4:35 pm ET

Cable must provide HD for free? what law is that? How would ESPN and other HD channels make any money by providing HD for free? That's right, the cable service makes little to no money with Cable TV, they make a majority of their profit through side services like Phone and Internet. It's so sad how spoiled we are... we want to have every channel and all the movies, but we don't want to pay extra... buy what you can afford. Keep it simple.

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