Getting what you pay for may not be a sacred right – like access to health care, multicolored money and tiny cars whose controls are marked with inexplicable "universal" indicators of function.
It is a part of the contract Cisco, Verizon, Comcast and other service- or equipment providers signed with their customers.
Cheating them just to keep an advantage over a competitor doesn't seem a big enough advantage to allow it.
Unfortunately, unlike in Europe, legislators in this country seem to be in no real hurry to restrict the customer-abusing antics of Comcast, Verizon et al.
So for the time being we can expect it will be Netflix being throttled in this country, and the totalitarian urges of major corporations whose necks get squeezed in Europe.
Given the far higher bandwidth, lower costs and wider availability of both wired and wireless broadband in Europe, it's not hard to decide which delivers the best set of solutions to the people who pay for the Internet in the first place, and would like a chance to use it as they like.
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