I’m getting into it with an old friend who seems to have taken his conservatism that I thought was grounded in actually respectable Christianity, and now seems to have swallowed almost everything the current Republicans are selling.
So, before I set myself up for a fall, I think this is one of the arguments I’m going to get back:
“Yes, the ISPs are regulated monopolies, like the phone company of old, and like then, should be able to charge depending on the use. People got charged for length of calls and distance for decades, and everyone thought it was fair. Net neutrality actually means that prices have to rise to pay for Netflix’s use, even if you don’t use Netflix.”
What’s a reasonable response? I know that this version means that smaller companies will probably be denied an equal playing field, but I think he’ll say that was always the case with any other commodity, or communication method, like the mail, or phones, or faxes.
One thing my brother likes to point out is that the whole technology is based on work done by the US government, and it seems wrong that they get to piggyback on this and then charge whatever they want, in essentially a monopoly.