It simply wasn't enough that the public's preference on this issue was made clear during the SOPA/PIPA debacle. Telecommunications companies are going to continually try to get rid of net neutrality, ignoring what the public wants.
Exactly. One example of this is Netflix. Most ISPs sell cable services as well and that is where they make most of their money (citation needed).
They have every reason to not want to stream Netflix to their customers. First, it keeps them from wanting to pay for cable, extra packages, etc. It also uses a lot of bandwidth. Because of net neutrality, they have to keep Netflix streaming. Without it, Netflix most likely wouldn't be around.
Netflix actually offers a deal to ISPs which would help all parties called Open Connect. But the big ISPs are big and bratty and won't take them up on their offer.
So, where do we go from here? If they're going to make this service unusable for us, or make us pay too much, or otherwise render it a commodity we no longer want to use, what are our options? what's next? private internets (such as "darkNets")?
private internet, i think. (not private internets, that is -- darkNets invite the worst of humanity to bubble to the surface).
i'm talking about net 2.0. return to the basic freedom initially present in the loose networking. lots of people will try this, i'm certain. but a community of insight and intelligence might actually succeed in building something central and meaningful there. can anybody think of such a community? some kind of "hub" around which sensible people could rally? anyone?
'scuse me. i feel the sudden inexplicable need to go skiing.