The case for net neutrality

As it turns out, charging for faster content (the opposite of net neutrality) results in slower content:

The model revealed the benefits of bandwidth expansion with respect to speed are less than they might at first seem because larger bandwidth attracts more traffic. In essence, attempts to speed delivery of select content to paying-customers only leads to additional congestion. Consequently, if ISPs try to speed time-sensitive content to consumers, the research shows consumers will purchase more of the quick delivery content, and as a result, re-congest the information superhighway’s lanes.

In other words, it has the same dubious effect on “congestion” as caps. The problem has always been peak capacity, and that’s what AT&T and other providers have to understand.

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