So, how did that phone company deregulation thing go? I somehow remember back in the dark ages that everything functioned without a multitude of plans, dancing, rate changes, increases and charges for everything under the sun.
Phones were free, service was cheap and it worked each and every time.
As for net neutrality, you have to ask yourself a couple of questions about YGuy and his new company. Is he going to lay new lines to compete with Xcast or is he going to do what the gas and phone companies are doing and simply lease lines into your house, adding another middle man into the mix?
Net neutrality, which is "a network is one that is free of restrictions on content, sites, or platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and on the modes of communication allowed, as well as one where communication is not unreasonably degraded by other communication streams." is somewhat different that the argument that you propose regarding vendor X and Y which are pipeline issues, not content issues.
Those two issues have to be fully separated before a rational argument can be formed.
I disagree. The two are inexorably linked. The companies will be getting their foot in the door with content because they have been laying line.
Here is an example.
Verizon has been very aggressive with their FIOS network and laying FO cable in the Atlanta area. Comacst has been the predominant player for internet Broadband with AT&T being the only commensurate competitor with DSL.
All of a sudden Comcast has been laying new FO cable and making lots of PR
noise about the new DOCSIS 3.0 system. In addition, they have been upgrading the the bandwidth free of charge. I used to get 6MB down 512k up. I have been getting regular speeds of 23MB down and 6MB up.
See Competition is good.
Now comcast has used the argument that they lay so much infrastructure that they should be able to decide what gets transported on it. The problem is that runs contrary to our first amendment rights.
For some background just on Comcast go to this google search:
Google: Comcast Peer To Peer Block
I see the two as connected because the companies use one to justify the other quite frequently.
PS the phone thing? Prices have dropped precipitously as a result of the technology advances that were avidly sought as a result of the breakup of the monopoly.