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My Stance on Net Neutrality

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A lot of people on social media (and by a lot, I mean two or three) have asked me how I feel about Net Neutrality. So I thought I’d post a quick blog on the subject. Net Neutrality, as you probably already know, is a serious issue. How much control should ISP companies (like Comcast, etc) have over their bandwidth? I mean let’s face it: we now live in a world that is consuming large amounts of bandwidth, as we become more dependent on the Internet.

Ever met a teenager (or sadly, an adult) that claims they wouldn’t survive without their cell phone? I have, and it’s not pretty. Though I’m not here to argue that point. I don’t think that it’s a smart move (for consumers) to hand this type of power over to ISP (Internet) providers. Take Comcast, for example. They could easily slow down Internet speeds enough to hurt their competition (Netflix, Hulu, etc) as they offer cable television. It would be a travesty, honestly.

I’ve seen people turn this into a Democrat vs. Republican thing, but nothing could be further from the truth. This has to do with money, plain and simple. As a gamer, I hate the idea of pay gates on XBOX Live and PSN that try to force you to pay a fee in order to access certain features. I don’t pay the fees, and I simply do without some of the features. XBOX sells their consoles at a low price and barely makes a profit in the process. They count on gaining a “subscriber” to the $9.99/month service (pay gate) and that’s where they make their money. Except they don’t make it from me.

This issue is all about the pay gates. Imagine a world where your social media is put into a package, your streaming television is put into a package, your news is put into a package, etc. Want to access Facebook or Twitter? Fine, just pay the package fee each month. Want to stream Netflix or HULU? Great, add that package fee as well. This is about rich media companies corralling popular web content and charging extra for it – nothing more.

In closing, if this thing passes it will be a travesty. Us “normal” folks will be forced to pay even more for the content we’re used to or do without. Which, let’s be honest, most folks don’t even consider an option. Like circus monkeys, we’ve been trained that six hours of screen time a day is normal. Now that we’re trained, media giants hope to charge us for the “privilege” of living the circus monkey lifestyle. Thanks, but no thanks.

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