Now we have to worry about even stricter caps being placed on data. And big charges for going over.
@jbanks25 we can only hope, and then hope they don’t get gobbled up by the big guys
The FCC also overruled TN state law that was preventing cities with fiber from branching out to nearby counties. Tennessee has at least four cities with high speed fiber internet, and Google Fiber is coming to Nashville soon. Hopefully this will help Google expand to the counties surrounding Nashville, where a lot of our tech workers live.
@snowcat If that happens,there will be one more argument for me moving to Mt. Juliet. :)
Parts of Mt. Juliet already have fiber and 1 Gbps speeds provided by TDS. I have no idea which parts, but it was a recent expansion.
http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/26/technology/fcc-rules-net-neutrality/index.htmlSince so many cord cutters do get content from the internet, it will be really interesting to see how this ruling affects us all in the future. On the surface, it looks like a benefit, since the cable and telecommunications companies won't be able to charge Netflix and the like more money for better service. I just hope it doesn't lead to the cable/telecommunications companies not caring if we get good service or not.
Being on this side of the fiber, so to speak, and seeing the outages and troubles we have GETTING service to some places, watch out - there goes a good source for money for these outfits to finally update and upgrade older equipment. In some cases it’s going to hurt us because the Internet infrastructure was never intended for, nor built and designed for, the likes of Netflix, etc. - these come along and kill service for the rest of us needing business communications because they suck up all the bandwidth bringing some areas to their knees. The infrastructure is older in most places - except for you who have commented here about fiber this and that and unlimited data - it was never intended to run as you are running it. It was never intended for that much traffic and that many addresses being connected. We see a lot of outages and a lot of bandwidth and choking issues thanks to Netflix and others streaming content that the structure simply can’t easily handle. Many routers and firewalls are still old enough to be using the old DNS specs, many routers end up being “black hole routers” and we see packet loss and mysterious disappearances of traffic.
Many have been spoiled by unlimited super-cheap internet paid for by those who use the highway to the max. Now it’s like health insurance, mine has skyrocketed so that others can be covered. You’ve asked the same for the Internet. (There is no unlimited cheap internet around here. We are ranked something like 48 or 49 out of 50 states in broadband Internet)
Like all things, those who use more should pay more. Sort of like the taxes of other countries. There’s no income tax, but you pay when you spend. The bigger spenders pay more - it encourages money to be saved and the countries benefit as a whole unlike our system.
I’m for “pay your fair share”. if you are a pig, pay, don’t make ME pay when I use so little.
So that you can have cheap endless entertainment when we need it for business at work our monthly bills are going to jump.
There are definitely two sides to the argument. I can’t say which is “better”. I think Net Neutrality w/o deep gov’t regulation might have been best… but we’ll see. The Gov’t will regulate (so it seems). Costs will go up (regulation never truly reduces costs it can only push the costs elsewhere). Gov’t will attempt price fixing… vendors will get their money from “somewhere” or get out of the business.
Given I live in an area that Comcast would probably not find commercially viable for the next 25 years to even bother bringing fiber to (let alone Verizon – pfft) … (I wont tell you how long comcast dragged their sweet asses to even get digital cable in my quasi rural-ish town) … (and how much longer still it took to get digital HDTV ) … I can only imagine the infinite wait for something as “extreme” as fiber… I would have gotten it faster if I wired the entire town myself … assuming of course her royal highness Verizon permitted me to touch the holy telephone poles to accomplish it…
In many markets, there is no competition for high speed internet service and I don’t see how this is going to create any competition for the consumers dollar.
Since they will now treat the internet as a public utility, you can expect numerous BS taxes to start to be added to our internet bills. Similar to your Cell phone. They just put a Government who couldn't get ONE heath care website to work properly in charge of ALL Websites. That scares the hell out of me..
If you use any of the Big boys(Netflix, Hulu etc...), you can expect the service to suffer because their speed has to be the same as the cat video website.