Your ISP May Prevent You From Getting Free Internet Access

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GET YOUR DIRTY SOCIALIST CRAP AWAY FROM ME FCC!!!

I will have no part in this communist idea of a RIGHT to information and communication. You disgust and sicken me that you would rob honest companies like AT&T, who have lied about the bandwidth they're selling you for as long as they exist. HOW DARE YOU!

ron1n:

Unsurprisingly, most internet service providers doesn't feel the same way

Don't?

Nice idea, but even if it were to happen, the service quality would no doubt go to crap with that many more people all jumping on once it was free.

90% of the country is already on it AND most providers have bought roughly twice the bandwidth they need. So no, unless we have 600 million Americans tomorrow it won't slow down one bit for you.

While this sounds neat, I can so see the 3G and 4G Internet plans established by the major wireless handlers immediately crashing as a result.

They aren't gonna like that.

Oh, look at that. Big companies not caring about the future of mankind, and are just whining about how they'll lose money if "those damn poor people" are able to access (INSERT SERVICE THAT SHOULD BE FREE HERE) without having to pay for something they couldn't afford in the first place.

I'm not even complaining about any specific companies. You can literally make this argument about every big company ever, at some point.

If you need internet because yours is out, or you're on the go, great.. That would be neat to have all over the United States. But for the love all that is sacred, do not trust the FCC or the US Government to provide you your internet service.. Just.. wow.

Kirov Reporting:
Great, that'll save me 10 a month for a service which I have a complaints line for, and multiple competitors to threaten to move to if things go wrong. With any luck, the frighteningly expensive replacement infrastructure will cost more than that in taxes, be of poor quality, and greatly diminish what can be shared on it!

Wait..

Internet in the UK is vastly superior to internet in US. Most of us in 'Murrica pay the equivalent of 20-30gbp for much less bandwidth. You'd know the specifics better than I would, but it has to do with some law y'all passed in the 2000s forcing competition into the market (maybe local loop unbundling.) Iirc the immediate result was a proliferation of cheaper internet service of a much higher quality.

US ISPs basically operate as monopolies--the big ones have gentlemen's agreements not to encroach on each other's territory, and new network buildout is unfeasible for upstarts--so the uncompetitive market allows them to charge much more for much less.

OT: Yeah, as others have pointed out, the source article isn't accurate.

There are a lot of issues to be considered here.

Not the least of which is how much access do you want your state and federal government to have regarding your online activity?

The headline was a bit sensationalist, given the actual content of the article, but the first thing that struck me is a lot of people are probably going to need that free internet, because after the major ISP's profits take a hit the low-level workers will be the first ones to get axed.

well, considering US ISPs are still living in 90s, this is something i woudl very much endorse. even though this would mean people with massive pings.

WEll, move to Lithuania, you get 300mbps line (yes thats 300, i did not mistype) for as little as 60 LTL, which is around 25 dollars a month. unlimited bandwith. no port blocking or any of that crap. any ISP that tried that have died out or made it so you never notice (we got a GREAT isp that has bandwitch limit, but the limit is so large that even people who constantly pirate stuff hardly reach it).

bananafishtoday:

US ISPs basically operate as monopolies--the big ones have gentlemen's agreements not to encroach on each other's territory, and new network buildout is unfeasible for upstarts--so the uncompetitive market allows them to charge much more for much less.

OT: Yeah, as others have pointed out, the source article isn't accurate.

Good lord, I wasn't aware of that - apologies, my ignorance really showed there I'm afraid. In that case, it sounds like you need what we have, 10 or 15 mainstream providers who constantly compete with each other to try and win customers. A 'F2P' access model sounds ill-advised as someone will still be controlling it, but what you have now sounds like as much of a nightmare as anything!

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