The consequences of losing net neutrality

Net neutrality has been a hot topic in recent months, one with a lot of emotional baggage and rhetoric that makes it difficult to follow the core issues.  I’m not going to attempt to unravel things here; after all, it is a topic of hundreds of research papers over the last decade, so it would take more than a short blog post to really get into the issues.  Rather, I want to make a simple point that is often missed.

We are in the middle of a large-scale experiment on the impact of net neutrality, and the effects of a loss of net neutrality have proven disastrous.

Why do I say this?  Well, net neutrality has never existed for mobile devices, so by comparing the mobile experience (and contracting) with the wired world, we can already observe the consequences of giving up net neutrality, and they are clearly worrisome.

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