Network Neutrality is socialism for the Internet – it guarantees everyone equal amounts of nothing.
We’ll let college professor and avowed Marxist (please pardon the redundancy) Robert McChesney identify Net Neutrality’s objective:
“(T)he ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
How very Hugo Chavez of them.
If you want to use Net Neutrality to end the private sector Web – leaving us all stuck with Government as our sole Internet Service Provider (ISP) – dramatically expanding its definition and reach is a highly useful way to go.
There are two Internet terms we need to rightly define – since the Left is in the word-warping business: “The Last Mile” and “Peering.”
“The Last Mile” refers to your house or business’s connection to the bigger Web – the last stretch of residential road to your place, well off of the main Information Superhighway.
“Peering” is the myriad data-sharing agreements between the myriad different companies on the Superhighway’s multitudinous miles – the World Wide Web’s “backbone.”
If two companies transport roughly equal amounts of data for each other – their Peering deal calls for no charge for either party. If it starts getting lopsided – the heavier data company pays for the extra freight.
Pretty simple – a fairly basic economic principle. It costs more to ship five thousand pounds than it does five.
Peering happens – on the fly, all the time. And there have been Peering deals on the Web for as long as there has been a Web.
Of late some Peering arrangements have become decidedly unequal – mostly because of video. Video consumes gi-normous amounts of broadband. The more an online-video-delivery company like Netflix grows – the more unequal their Peering arrangements get.
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So ISPs are cutting new Peering deals with big data drivers like Netflix to offset the cost of this dramatic inequality. If they’re shipping five thousand pounds instead of five – they of course should pay more.
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