Net Neutrality is extremely important right now, because we are in a near-monopoly market in the ISP world…
Checks and balances in some form are always necessary for a capitalist market. Otherwise, if left unchecked, the “profit motive” for companies will lead to them exploiting the market for more profit (which is their primary objective).
And then we find a near-monopoly like Comcast et. al…
Right now Net Neutrality is the only “check” for near-monopoly companies like Comcast (and it’s not a great one). While the Government isn’t who I would pick to maintain this check, the companies will NOT do it themselves … soooo…
If left unchecked Comcast et. al would try every way possible to extract every single dollar out of their customer’s pockets that they could (beyond what they already do). No additional value would be provided, though value would be “packaged” LIKE it was being added.
These companies sell access to the Internet, and that is all it should ever be. But the profit motive has led to these ISP’s attempting to package “usage” as the “fair” way to sell services.
And that is complete bullshit. They sell access, and speed of access … that’s it. One price, one access point, and that is all.
With a LOT more competition and consumer choice in the ISP market, perhaps regulations wouldn’t be as necessary as the market would regulate itself to “some” degree.
But regulations will always be necessary to some degree (whatever that is) when it comes to ubiquitous services like Internet access. Because as we’re finding out now, companies like Comcast / Xfinity are getting set to exploit their market for dollars again.
Folks, Comcast doesn’t care … they just want to reach as deep into your wallet as you’ll let them … period.