Letter: For Net Neutrality

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

The justification for your position against net neutrality is flawed, for the primary reason that broadband providers are generally a monopoly in Utah communities. This is the case where I live, CenturyLink notwithstanding as they do not have a competitive offering.

This makes the monopoly a common carrier first and a content provider second, at least from the perspective of a consumer. Without net neutrality Comcast will be free to throttle Netflix in favor of Xfinity offerings, which gives Comcast an unfair advantage. This issue disappears in communities where there is competition; with the added advantage of significantly lower subscription rates — specifically due to that competition.

Further, I definitely do not want my common carrier censoring content unless that censoring is an option within my individual control.

Mike Rossetti


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