Net neutrality: Cable internet ISPs attempt to thwart streaming TV services by lowering bandwidth limits and charging extra for customers who use too much bandwidth.

I heard from my ISP – Suddenlink – last week that they will start charging extra fees for anybody who goes over their allocated monthly bandwidth.

Suddenlink also provides cable TV service. (I have TV through DirecTV.)

Why would ISPs such as Suddenlink start charging extra fees for anybody who goes over their allocated monthly bandwidth?

Because streaming TV services (Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and even WWE Network), internet movie/TV rental/purchase services (Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu, M-GO), and streaming media devices (Roku and Apple TV) threaten Big Cable’s monopoly over TV content.

If you think Big Cable will allow you to get rid of cable TV and keep their internet service while replacing cable TV with streaming TV services and online rentals and purchases of movies and TV series, you’re in for a rude awakening.

Now that net neutrality is here, the ISPs have responded by lowering monthly allocated bandwidth limits for customers. Even with the passage of net neutrality, Big Internet and Big Cable still win, and we the consumers lose again.

I think this will cause many people to stop paying for services such as Netflix and WWE Network, and WWE will be forced to abandon the WWE Network, and to make up for the losses accrued by the failure of the WWE Network, WWE will be forced to lay off not just a lot of their talent but also a lot of their office workers.

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