In April, KPN was forced to issue a profit warning after its Dutch first-quarter mobile revenues dropped by more than 8 percent and announced the elimination of thousands of jobs in the Netherlands--about a quarter of their employees in the country.
It's tough for anyone--much less a huge, rich company to argue against innovation and free speech. A report from Stratecast on the impact of Net Neutrality on network operators says these five specific areas will be most negatively impacted:
Essentially, the report adds, Net Neutrality acts as a tax on the internet, that will translate to higher monthly bills by as much as $55 per subscriber.
Because consumers have such a wide range of tech sophistication, EFF's Eckersley adds, it important for networks to err on the side of caution with regard to Net Neutrality rules.
â€śIt's dangerous territory because consumers at the time of purchase don't have a crystal ball that tells them what they'll want to do with their smartphones,â€ť Eckersley says. â€śThey might not know what VoIP is now, but in three months, they want to talk to a friend on Skype. Operators should build neutral networks and differentiate on quality and other services.â€ť
Net Neutrality asks a lot of networks. Government depends on the investments carriers make for broadband buildout and yet Net Neutrality laws curtail how networks can generate that revenue. That's particularly galling in the free-market, capitalist U.S. And yet, the directive seems simple: carry traffic without interruption or prejudice.