Will Verizon, AT&T, or Comcast, benefit from the Net Neutrality repeal?


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Not anymore, though, as the FCC just repealed those Net Neutrality rules, opening the floodgates for preferential treatments of "rich" and "poor" content providers, and the whole lot of conflicts of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. 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, do you think that carriers will benefit from gutting 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?

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%

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21 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Replace the "or" in your article title with "and". They all have the same agenda of benefitting out the net neutrality repeal at the expense of our free internet use to fatten their pockets.

3. Peacetoall unregistered

literally 2 years ago in 2015 - things were all fine - Greedy ISP( internet service providers) started censoring competition - Government responded no you cannot do this is illegal - ISP reply yes we can its legal we own you - 2 years later - Government never mind Go with it now its legal Meanwhile this will only affect streaming services like for example porn sites , youtube and netflix etc. btw the bigger picture is - The Internet is Free Again. Repealing net neutrality creates competition, increases investing in new technology.Thus in a long run more affordable packages for the consumer

5. andrewc31394

Posts: 292; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Repealing net neutrality has nothing to do with stopping innovation. ISP's were improving already and now the ISP's just have the ability to do whatever the hell they want and you think their top priority is giving you better service for the same price? Go back to fairy tale land.

6. Peacetoall unregistered

there will be more new isp in next coming years. its a great strategic move to increase competition. thus more competition always benefit consumer. due to competition isp will invest more in infrastructure thus improving overall internet experience.

11. Allday28

Posts: 335; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Spoken like a true republican.

20. MANOFSTEEL

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Dude what country you’ Living in.....???? Certainly isn’t the USA, do you know why GOOGLE FIBER is not nationwide......??? Ask COMCAST, ATT, VZ and those politicians who gets paid by the big 3

18. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

I guess timt will tell which side will be correct. Everyone can fight all they want with what they "think" will happen. We will see

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

"Will Verizon, AT&T, and/or Comcast..." is the appropriate phrase. They still don't know how to use the Oxford comma.

2. Justlooking

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Why else will they spend millions buying congress?

4. Peacetoall unregistered

big corporations always win my dear friend. it is common in every country

7. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

It's not just the home internet either. They already so this mildly where you get "Unlimited Data) 22 GB but you can't stream 1080P or 4K or 720, you can only stream at 480p, next it will be Joe can't watch porn in his mom's basement, he could only l watch religious videos. You can't play games over the internet or must buy a special game plan. There would be no end to how this will go if ISP's are in charge of it.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Suddenly, Google Fiber became 1000X more important. I hope they somehow fix their issues they've been facing and grow to be nations wide.

9. Jrod99

Posts: 716; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

To bad everyone can’t get together and cancel their internet. Show them we’re not bending over for you greedy f***ks.

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1553; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Verizon and Comcast have done things to me that were illegal with net neutrality, now they can do it again. Isn't winning great yet America?

13. gamehead unregistered

people will get screwed over big time

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

About 20 years ago, I was a staunch defender of this nation. Now... let it burn. The People have chosen the path with their votes and/or lack of votes. Canada... hmm... What's this country all aboot?

16. baldilocks

Posts: 1495; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Net Neutrality is a myth. Things were fine before 2015 and they will be fine now. Fear-mongering at it's finest.

21. andrewc31394

Posts: 292; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

You're a clueless idiot. ISP's like Comcast were already starting to throttle sites like Netflix in 2014 which is why net neutrality was created. It's a set of rules made to prevent ISP's from being even more greedy and abusing their power. But you're probably one of the sheep who thinks these companies actually give a f**k about their customers huh

17. baldilocks

Posts: 1495; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

19. icdvtrvt

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2014

Yeah, coming from a conservative article? Yeah, I really really really believe that article (dripping with sarcasm).

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