Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

News Net Neutrality

  1. Jun 5, 2014 #1


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 5, 2014 #2

    jim hardy

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    There's two sides to this.

    If i understand, net neutrality requires all data traffic to be treated the same.
    That sounds great.
    But posting on PF involves a lot less data than streaming a movie.

    Should outfits that (for example) stream movies pay higher internet traffic fees than outfits that trade in lower data rates?

    18 wheel trucks pay higher license fees and turnpike tolls than passenger cars.
    Is it reasonable to be charged according to how many bits you actually send down the wire?

    Somebody has to pick up the tab for those optical fibers and ultra fast data centers it'll take to support everybody switching from broadcast and satellite to internet TV..

    that's why i keep an antenna.

    old jim
  4. Jun 5, 2014 #3


    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    There have been many threads about this already. One is currently open. Jim is right, who's to say that CNN can't pay to allow their users to have decent access to their website because Fred can't pay for the same services.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2014
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook