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thanks, fcc :-( | R.I.P. NET NEUTRALITY 6-12-2015 - 12-14-2017 | image tagged in fcc,net neutrality | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Futurama Fry Meme | NOT SURE IF YOU BELIEVE WE DIDN'T HAVE DECENT INTERNET ACCESS BEFORE 2015. | image tagged in memes,futurama fry | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Actually we didn't. You had to pay for higher quality internet before. Now everyone gets the same speed internet and we're charged for data rather than both.
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way to completely miss the point.
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Steve Harvey Meme | I TOLD YOU I WASN'T SURE SO EXPLAIN IT TO ME! | image tagged in memes,steve harvey | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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The first date (6-12-2015) was when net neutrality rules went into effect. Now that those rules are going away, ISPs like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast can basically do whatever they want, like throttling connection speeds, blocking whatever websites they don't approve of, and potentially upending online activism and free speech.
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Third World Skeptical Kid Meme | So prior to 2015 ISPs were throttling connection speeds, blocking websites they disapproved of, and oppressing online activism and free spee | image tagged in memes,third world skeptical kid | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
If not, what is the worry now?
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the worry is that they can do that now. obviously. you aren't very good at paying attention, are you?
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Maybe you are missing my point:
What stopped ISPs from doing all that shady stuff in the past, before NN regulations were ever a thing?

NN didn't "stop" or "dissuade" throttling, blocking, and infringing when it didn't even exist, so what makes you and so many others think that it was stopping and dissuading for the two plus years it did exist?

Maybe you have been paying too much attention to overreacting news media, politicians, and people on social media.
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*Of course* net neutrality rules didn't stop ISPs from doing that stuff before it existed. Your point seems to be asking a question. The answer is nothing stopped them from doing it. But consider this: if the net neutrality rules didn't do anything to stop or dissuade throttling, blocking or interfering with web traffic when it existed, why did the big internet companies want to have the rules repealed in the first place? And now that the rules *have* been repealed, what's to stop them from doing it now? Again, the answer is nothing. You seem to be suffering from severe cognitive dissonance here.
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Maybe you are projecting cognitive dissonance onto me. Or perhaps you don't understand the issue.

My point is the answer to the question of what did keep the ISPs from doing what you are so afraid of them doing now?
You think it was NOTHING!?

What, were they just so good hearted before NN came about. That is foolish.
THE ANSWER IS: the other laws that are in place and have been in place against those practices!

NN added more REGULATIONS to existing laws! Less regulation is always better in a free market! If ISPs had done that shady stuff in the past, the existing laws could have been invoked and brought to bare on them. BUT more importantly their customers would have taken their money and found better services! The free market and already existing laws and regulations kept ISPs from doing shady stuff prior to 2015!

Is this really that hard to comprehend? Maybe so, if you get all your information from network news, politicians, and random people on the internet.
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You call it the socratic method, I call it being lazy.
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Also, less regulation is better in a free market? I think the airline industry's customers in general would beg to differ on that.
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If that was your point, why didn't you just state it directly? Asking a question and having the other person try to figure out the point you're really trying to make is the most ass-backwards way you could have chosen. Also, none of that makes any sense for two reasons: first, there isn't really a lot of competition out there except in big cities (and even then there's only a few companies), and second: the net neutrality rules didn't have anything to do with free market competition! The rules controlled what ISPs could do relative to their own customers, not to other ISPs.

Also, the only thing the existing regulations before 2015 prevented was ISPs doing all that stuff behind the scenes. They can screw their customers now, they just have to inform them how hard they're being screwed.
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It only seems bass-ackwards to people who struggle with critical thinking in the first place.

More regulation stifles entrepreneurship in markets that need more development (like internet service providers especially in rural areas and small towns.)

Less regulation will lead to more competition because when/if ISPs treat their customers in a way the customer doesn't like the customer will look for another ISP.

There are already anit-monopoly laws in place for ISPs that have reign over large areas with no other ISPs around that will keep them from "throttling, blocking, and infringing" their customers PLUS more competition will start entering the market due to less regulation.

I can not see a downside to less government regulation telling businesses how they have to sell their product/service. Let the business and the customers work it out themselves with more alternatives coming into the market and everyone wins, except the government bureaucrats that don't get to tell people how to conduct their business anymore.
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