Why do Conservatives ignore the truth about Net Neutrality?

I've heard this tired story so many times, it makes me ill: "Obama wants to silence dissent, so he's doing the Net Neutrality to take away our Freedom!" Do any of you know what Net Neutrality actually means? Net Neutrality would do literally nothing to regulate web content. It would only... show more I've heard this tired story so many times, it makes me ill:

"Obama wants to silence dissent, so he's doing the Net Neutrality to take away our Freedom!"

Do any of you know what Net Neutrality actually means?

Net Neutrality would do literally nothing to regulate web content. It would only prevent Internet Service Providers from arbitrarily blocking or throttling legal, non-disruptive web traffic or from engaging in quality-based price discrimination (ie. paying a premium to access certain pages).

Now, when I mention this, they always chime in with, "What's wrong with the Internet the way it is now? Why do we need this new Net Neutrality thing if everything is fine already?"

1. Net Neutrality used to be the unwritten law of the Internet. Back when everything was dial-up, ISPs were bound by the same Common Carrier regulations to which phone companies are subject. The same used to be true of DSL, but AT&T and Verizon convinced Congress to drop Common Carrier regulations on DSL since it did not apply to their main competitor, Comcast Broadband.

2. Everything is not "fine" now. ISPs interfere with their customer's connections to competing services. AT&T and Verizon degrade Vonage connectivity to support their own interests as phone companies. Comcast, in collusion with Microsoft, is waging a war against Open Source Software by attempting to kill BitTorrent, the means by which a majority of Open Source Software is legally obtained.

Seriously, can you not see that the GOP is trying to sell you out to the Telecoms? Is it truly that hard to fathom/believe?
Update: How_Would_I_Know: You are so wrong, I don't even know where to begin. "Your view is obviously tainted by the liberal entitlement mentality. You want everything free, and you don't care who actually ends up having to pay for it." Wrong. I pay good money for my Internet access, I don't feel some stuffed shirt at... show more How_Would_I_Know:

You are so wrong, I don't even know where to begin.

"Your view is obviously tainted by the liberal entitlement mentality. You want everything free, and you don't care who actually ends up having to pay for it."

Wrong.

I pay good money for my Internet access, I don't feel some stuffed shirt at Comcast has any right to tell me what web content I can/cannot access.


"A business which invests billions of dollars creating the infrastructure should be allowed to have control over THEIR PROPERTY."

They do have control over their property (the network), they've chose to use it to sell Internet access to others. That does not give them the right to control MY PROPERTY (my computer) or the property of content providers.

"If you don't like their business practices, you are free to find another service or even build your own."

That's a f#cking laugh. I live in Comcast's regional monopoly. There is no other service.

As for building my own service, do you have any frea
Update 2: ...king clue how much start-up cap it would take just to build the network Infrastructure for a competing ISP? There's a reason Comcast has a regional monopoly. Nobody can afford to build a competing network and stay in business. Comcast will under-cut them until they go out of business and then buy up their... show more ...king clue how much start-up cap it would take just to build the network Infrastructure for a competing ISP? There's a reason Comcast has a regional monopoly. Nobody can afford to build a competing network and stay in business. Comcast will under-cut them until they go out of business and then buy up their assets.

Trust me, I've seen it happen. That's precisely what happened to our old Cable/Internet Company, Insight Media.
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