Will Verizon, AT&T, or Comcast, benefit from the Net Neutrality repeal? (poll results)

Will the net neutrality repeal be a boon for carriers?

Yes, they'll turn their networks into toll roads
82.18%
Nah, access priority will stay largely the same
17.82%


We asked you last week if you think that carriers will benefit from the gutting of Net Neutrality, and play arbiters to the increasingly vast amount of content that can be accessed through their networks, or will it all work out in the end. Considering that Verizon owns Yahoo's digital media, AT&T is trying to acquire Time Warner, and T-Mobile or Sprint are throwing in Netflix or Hulu for free on their networks, they can certainly put tolls on the road for other content, thus avoiding the fate of being just dumb pipes for bits and bytes. Well, more than 80% of our more than 1000 respondents are weary that the carriers will use their position to set their own rules as to who can access the network at what speed, rather than wave hands, and keep things largely as they are.


The so-called Net Neutrality principle used to enshrine the prohibition for the likes of Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and other ISPs to give preferential treatment to certain content before others on their networks. They couldn't, say, make Netlflix or Facebook have faster access to their networks, or, respectively, slow down those who don't pay, essentially turning the Interwebs into a toll road. That's been the basic principle of the Internet for a good while. Not anymore, though, as the FCC just repealed those Net Neutrality rules, opening the floodgates for preferential treatments of "rich" and "poor" content providers, and the whole lot of conflicts of interest stemming from this.

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15 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What kind of dolt would vote "No" on this???

4. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

Right wing, out of touch, conspiracy theorist nut jobs.

6. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

are you serious? jesus you snowflakes...

12. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

Just curious: where do you get your news?

10. oakparkplastics

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Agreed. The industry must be calling in their "favors" from this past election. Now that they got industry-friendly appointments, they're going to do everything that they can to line their pockets in the spoils of war.

13. gamehead unregistered

The FCC

14. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

hold on, nothing bad was happening before, why would it be happening now?

2. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Gee, a former Verizon exec favors Verizon and the other carriers? Impossible!

3. ldpantoja

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

iPhone already updated for data usage on FaceTime calls so it shouldn’t surprise anyone. I mean, wasn’t that their goal to begin with? But you f**king slaves are stupid. All you have to do is not use their services for a couple of months. They’ll get the picture!! Facebook, delete! Twitter, delete! Periscope, delete! Netflix, delete! All the cyber drugs that they have us hooked to, quit cold turkey for a good six months but do it specifically when they start charging more. That way THEY KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN CONTROL!!!

5. DFranch

Posts: 533; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Repealing new neutrality isn't going to benefit Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Netflix. It's going to benefit Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Spectrum

8. ldpantoja

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Doesn’t benefit Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and so on but what medium do you “need” for those apps?

15. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

how though?

7. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Dude, you want to take out your frustration on the companies that depend on net neutrality. You're aiming at the wrong targets.

9. ldpantoja

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The gate keepers are depending on your dependence! Idiots! Or should I say the gatekeepers are depending on your addiction to let everyone else know what you’re doing.

11. ldpantoja

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Go back to pen and paper for six months and use USPS. Plus, they will have to relearn how to snoop on your mail. I bet they forgot already.

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