Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban is a staunch opponent against the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to regulate the Internet. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks made headlines last week when he said government regulation would “f—k everything up.” The Shark Tank investor explained on The Glenn Beck Program Tuesday that all data will be lumped together in the same pipe; and therefore, some data, like television news, will not be delivered smoothly.
Bits are bits. They don’t care if it’s text, data or video, or whatever it is, it’s just a bit. And you have your pipe that’s allocated in different ways, you know, through a lot of different mechanisms. But net neutrality, at its base, says all that data should be delivered together and no one should have priority. So if there’s no priority for television and it’s just part of the open Internet and delivery, your traditional television watching the evening news – it’s over.
Mr. Cuban said there will be unintended consequences and unexpected issues if the government regulates the Internet, including the possibility of consumers having to buy new equipment.
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You would think companies like Twitter or Facebook have thought through the technological aspects of it. I don’t think they have. And so all of a sudden, if there is no such thing as a prioritized bit, then all that digital television going through the same pipe, all those voters who like to get Fox News or MSNBC, they’re going to freak out, you know, because you’re going to have to go to their website to get it or you’re going to have to get a special box that identifies the channels and brings it to you.
The Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to approve regulating Internet service like a public utility, prohibiting companies from paying for faster lanes on the Internet. Internet service providers say heavy-handed regulation of the Internet will diminish their profitability and crush investment to expand and speed up Internet access.
h/t: The Blaze
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