Net Neutrality confuses many Americans, not seeing how it connects to their lives. From another industry where “fast” matters so much that its part of the name (Fast Food), Wendy’s has come out with a cogent explanation that even the least tech savvy among us might understand
In essence, the end of Net Neutrality will enable internet service providers to charge for faster service to providers (something invisible to those on the receiving end), slow traffic that they don’t like, and even essentially block out sites and voices as they desire.
Imagine the unimaginable — that there is a cogent critique of how an internet provider (or, well, in Virginia, another form of (under-)regulate utility — e.g., Dominion) is buying influence and getting outsized returns from the state legislator. Hard to imagine that that internet service provider, freed from the unconscionable burden of net neutrality, might make it harder for its subscribers to see such critiques. No, no Corporation would ever do something under-handed to influence an election.
Ending net neutrality is a clear path toward suppressing the voices of those without the resources to pay for faster service. And, at the same time, a path to milk end users for higher and higher fees to open up the tubes.
Also, a reality from places around the world without legislative and regulatory requirements for net neutrality, prices go up and up for consumers without improvements in service.
As to Burger King example: Mbps: making burgers per second. Want your burger now, pay $25.99 for Mbps or, well, pay $4.99 for slow Mbps and you might be the burger before the store closes … maybe.
And, well, as the staff explain, the ‘purpose’ is that Burger King sees higher profitability in chicken sandwiches and wants to slow access to Whoppers so as to drive traffic to chicken sandwiches.
From Burger King
The repeal of Net Neutrality is a hot topic in America, but it can be very difficult to understand. That’s why the BURGER KING® brand created WHOPPER® Neutrality, a social experiment that explains the effects of the repeal of Net Neutrality by putting it in terms anyone can understand: A WHOPPER® sandwich.This effort aims to help people understand how the repeal of Net Neutrality will impact their lives.The BURGER KING® brand believes the Internet should be like the WHOPPER® sandwich: the same for everyone.
While I’ve liked the analogies of airport security lines, a real hat tip to Burger King for this (not necessarily so) food explanation of net neutrality.
Perhaps Republicans like VA-10s Barbara Comstock who oppose Net Neutrality and support scamming Americans can take a moment of time, since they have so much available due to continued refusal to meet with constituents in town halls, to watch this video. Maybe this will help them understand why ending net neutrality is a way to damage, not boost, America’s economic strength and American competitiveness.
— Indivisible VA10-E (@IndivisibleV10E) January 25, 2018