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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

Yes, there was the case of Netflix and Comcast for example. The events were basically these: Comcast noticed that Netflix is responsible for a lot of traffic of their private internet customers. ...
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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

Here's a comment that's been circulating on reddit discussing the answer to this question. I didn't write it, but I thought it had excellent information. It was originally posted (as far as I can tell)...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

Almost all high-speed broadband Internet service providers, except in high-density urban populations, have limited competition, if not full monopolies. A small start-up would have to build out their ...
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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

There have been a few examples, in part, these examples have pushed this more into the spotlight. It's often under the term 'traffic shaping' if you are interested, here is Sandvine, a company that ...
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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

You also can take a look at mobile internet products in Portugal: Now assume you have the VIDEO pack because you watch Twitch a lot. If you now decide to get some streaming service, will it be ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

The capitalist answer to this problem is that when there is a real desire for net-neutral internet providers, then the market will create them. An internet provider could publicly commit to ...
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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

Comcast, in the face of cable cutting, is now applying usage caps on their data services, but continues to provide unlimited access to their video feeds. Comcast loses ~$38 in "contribution margin" ...
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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

As an example of something Net Neutrality rules have effectively blocked, Verizon lawyers admitted in court of law that given the opportunity, they probably would throttle or even completely block ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

By having a free market. If consumers didn't want plans that delivered some content with better QoS than others or that limited content, they could simply choose to purchase from providers that don't ...
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Why must Title II be applied universally federally?

As long as Title II is on the books, they don't have a choice -it must be applied to all common carriers. The text of Title II explicitly says this: It shall be unlawful for any common carrier to ...
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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

In 2005, Telus, a Canadian telecom, censored a union's website from its Internet subscribers when its workers went on strike. (While that wasn't an action to favour its business partners, it was ...
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Do "X% of people in US live in cable monopoly area" estimates include any other broadband ISP technologies?

From this Arstechnica article I went extracted this report that is cited and reported in the article itself. The report is from June 2017, so not particularly old. Figure 2, reported also in the ...
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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

Another example would be AT&T's Sponsored Data program. Engadget talks about the fcc accusing them of Net Neutrality violations here. The list goes on and on you don't have to be a rocket ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

Net Neutrality is about preventing companies from selling certain products. Asking how the free market can prevent the effects of the net neutrality repeal is asking how the free market is going to ...
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Why must Title II be applied universally federally?

Specifically, instead of applying Title II to ALL broadband ISPs (FCC's position circa 2016) or applying Title II to NONE of them (FCC's position circa 2014/2018), why can't Title II only apply to ...
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What are the major points of contention for Net Neutrality in the courts?

The short form is that the FCC's change can be challenged on procedural grounds, but not on the actual content of the decision. This article has a couple examples in the section called "Plans ...
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Why does Federal Communications Commission want to reverse Title II net neutrality?

If you are looking for the stated reasons, Ajit Pai - the chairman of the FCC - explained his reasoning in an interview with PBS NewsHour. Summarized, he said: Net Neutrality could disincentivize ...
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What are the main arguments against net neutrality?

There aren't many beneficial reasons for undoing net neutrality, at least for consumers and most businesses, but here are some of the arguments I've seen, many pulled from Ajit Pai's comments. Some ...
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Is it possible that the US raises fees for using US based internet services – like Stack Exchange or Google – for people not living in the US?

I do not understand the references to punitive duties (at least from the USA), as the use of these services seems more related to exports than to imports (I get a service from the USA, an USA company ...
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Could Obama have legally appointed a third party or more than three Democrats to the FCC?

47 U.S. Code § 154 states that The maximum number of commissioners who may be members of the same political party shall be a number equal to the least number of commissioners which constitutes a ...
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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

NN is also an issue on other countries. I'm from Mexico, and short story I once attended a TELCEL conference (one of the big 3 cellphone carriers here). They where promoting the start of their new *...
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What are the main arguments against net neutrality?

With the upcoming FCC vote to abolish net neutrality provisions in the United States There is no upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to abolish net neutrality. The vote is to stop ...
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How can we protect net neutrality?

There's a simple way to protect it: start building support to pass laws through Congress. One of the problems with Net Neutrality as it exists now, is that it was a hallmark of the Obama presidency ...
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How can we protect net neutrality?

The nature of Networking and the Internet makes the practical concept of net neutrality nothing more than a buzzword. For one net neutrality would mean that a network could not protect its systems ...
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Will the repeal of Net Neutrality block me from accessing any websites?

NO , Net neutrality is not about blocking legal content on the internet. However your carrier may be able to charge you extra for accessing your small niche website, or charge the website something ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

All the FCC did was repeal a rule it made in 2015. That's it. The Internet is now and has always been the free and open platform we know despite an almost complete vacuum of government regulations ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

Easy! Through competition! If you dislike your current service, you may select another service. In Thomas J. DiLorenzo's Myth of the Natural Monopoly, we can see many examples of competing utilities ...
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