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“Netflix is a data hog” and other myths of Net Neutrality

Medium Backchannel just posted my piece on six myths about Net Neutrality. Here’s the opening:

Netflix is a data hog

“…data hogs like Netflix might need to bear some of the cost of handling heavy traffic.”?—?ABCnews

That’s like saying your water utility is a water hog because you take long showers and over-water your lawn.

Streaming a high-def movie does take a whole bunch of bits. But if you hadn’t gone ahead and clicked on Taken 2 [SPOILER: she’s taken again], Netflix would not have sent those bits over the Internet.

So Netflix isn’t a data hog. You are.

You’re a data hog.

No, you’re not.

Some people use the Internet ten minutes a day to check their email. Some people leave their computers on 24/7 to download entire video libraries. None of them are data hogs.

How can I say this so unequivocally…?

more over at Medium.

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