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Verizon bought AOL so it's not surprising they would change their email system over to the more robust platform. Time Warner did the same thing for corporate communications after they were bought by AOL in the worst merger in the history of mergers. Lordy was that a mistake. But services included in your Verizon package are not a question of Net Neutrality.

What ending Net Neutrality will do is allow Verizon to say that since FoxNews.com is willing to pay more than CNN.com for access to Verizon's customers, their pages and videos will load faster. Or that Hulu+ will be able to bid for higher performance video streaming and DirectTVNow will put on a lower bandwidth. Or that Charles Schwab could pay for higher bandwidth access than its competitors, offering a faster tradign platform.

It essentially allows Verizon to drive revenue from both ends, content producers and content consumers, for providing the same services in the middle. And it creates an economic marketplace that rewards larger businesses that can afford to pay-to-play while suppressing smaller businesses that cannot afford to bid against the bigger players.

The purpose of governmental regulation is to ensure an even playing field between businesses and consumers and between competing businesses. Net Neutrality brought that to the internet space. And while the ISPs say they won't abuse their newfound power, there will be nothing stopping and the drive to grow revenue. They will start in on the edges of acceptance and see how much they can get away with and before you know it, you will be picking internet providers based on the content they allow you to access.

Fuskie
Who used to run a gateway between Usenet and FidoNet BBSs, back before the AOL era of public internet access, but didn't think anyone still used Usenet anymore...

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