Dueling Net Neutrality bills have been introduced in Washington DC this week, one by Democratic House representatives Markey, Eshoo, Inslee and Boucher, the other by Republican Senator Ted Stevens and Democrat Senator Daniel Inouye. Oh yes, and another one by Republican Senator Wyden.
Apparently unconcerned by the defeat of a similar Net Neutrality rider which they attempted to attach to another bill last week, Markey and Eschoo’s House bill – introduced following its predecessor’s defeat – would require that Internet service providers could not charge some sites to have access to faster service, nor could they block or slow down data served up by their competitors. The Senate bill would only task the FCC with looking at whether there is a need to mandate net neutrality. Senator Wyden, one of the movers and shakers behind CAN-SPAM, has also introduced a bill in the Senate similar to the one introduced in the House by Markey, Eshoo et al.
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Here’s the thing that the 3Ns (Net Neutrality Nuts) don’t get: bandwidth costs money. And if you can’t charge those who use the majority of it accordingly, then you are going to have to amortize it across everybody.
So, if a net neutrality law passes, don’t be surprised when your costs to have an Internet account skyrocket.
Because somebody has to pay those bills, and if the law says that the ISPs can’t charge the big guys – the big users – differently, it means that they have to charge them the same rate that they charge everyone else. And that means not that their rate will go down, but that everybody else’s rate will go up.
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