Argument: Net neutrality prevents anti-competitive acts by network owners
"Protect Net neutrality." St. Petersburg Times Editorial. April 10, 2010: "Without Net neutrality rules, the big telecommunications and cable providers could decide to start charging Web sites for faster delivery or prefer content providers associated with their own conglomerates. This would crush innovation and competition by giving the biggest companies the ability to nudge smaller start-ups out of view."
"Net Neutrality is the Catalyst for Online Innovation." Save the Internet on Opposing Views.com.: "assume that a new business does beat the odds and get a foothold in the online marketplace. What happens when it begins to compete with a service that is partially owned by the network operator? Will investors continue to sink money into a company with these kinds of market uncertainties?
This scenario is hardly hypothetical. Hardware manufacturers currently advertise routers that have the ability to investigate the packets flowing onto a network to determine the origin of the content or application. If the content comes from a “preferred” provider that has made a deal with the network, it is guaranteed quality of service. 9 If the content is from an unaffiliated source, the router can de-prioritize the content and degrade the service.
Network operators are already planning to manage bandwidth to maximize revenue streams through discriminatory deals with third-party providers. Comcast has already deployed a system to block video sharing services that could compete with it's primary cable business,
This distorts the market, undermines competition, and smothers innovation."
"Protect neutrality of the Net." Tampa Bay Times Editorial. June 6, 2006" "Phone and cable companies, who control the broadband wires into most houses, could gain an unfair advantage. They could use their newfound power to promote their own content. Under the worst scenario, a few big players could transform the Internet from an unruly but vibrant democracy into a dictatorship.
The phone and cable companies deny that's their intention. However, there have been some abuses already. Last year, a rural phone company blocked its broadband customers from using that service to make phone calls over the Internet, a low-cost alternative to the phone company. And a Canadian phone company blocked its users from accessing a Web site that was sympathetic to the union during a labor dispute."