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There is an important difference between:Phry said:No company has a monopoly indefinitely? the problem there is that they have a monopoly now, unless that changes then choice does not exist beyond the old 'do you want internet yes/no' choice, how much you pay is very much dependant on the whims of whoever is providing internet services in your area, legislation needs to go in now to take away the rights of any ISP to limit or restrict other ISP's from competing with them in the areas they operate, without exception! anything less would be anti consumer, and it would be extremely disingenous of you to suggest otherwise.Hulluck said:Choice = I meant over all across the U.S. No company has a monopoly indefinitely here atm. No I won't contact anyone and "bulb, blub" Because nothing negative has happened. The sky hasn't fallen. End of worlds isn't here. And again the minute an isp messes up it will get everyone' attention and I'll worry about it then. Even if its some rural entity it will grab everyone' attention. I'm basically inline with Quizzical's frame of thought for the most part. Competition does work. If you live rural it's just the way it is atm. I know that choice very well. I just bought my house in April. I had a choice. 160 acres literally in the middle of no where. No cell phone towers nothing. I loved the features of the land but hated the house and was worried about its age. Other was new construction in urban area. I choose new construction just to build equity and use as a stepping stone. Life goes on. When something happens I'll worry about it then. Sorry about typos or anything else. My phone's kinda crap. Been in water to many times. Was using my pc earlier.
I'd submit that one of the most important considerations in any proposed regulations is what will it do to competition. If you've got multiple good ISP options where you live, then your ability to switch to a competitor will do more to push them to offer you better service than any regulations ever could.k61977 said:There are really only a handful of providers most of the country already. Comcast and Timewarner pretty much have 2/3 of the country on lockdown. They bought up most of the competition let them keep there name but all the money goes to them. Just try going into an area that either of those as the major provider for landline internet and get someone else if you don't live in a major city. So yeah there is already a huge monopoly in this country for this service.