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No, Killing Net Neutrality Does Not Help the Underdog

Wired recently published this infuriating op-ed entitled:
Killing Net Neutrality Helps Underdogs Succeed
Go ahead and read it - but suffice it to say that I'm not going to engage with the majority of what is said there - I just don't have time.

I'd just like to address one point that is made therein:

Net neutrality activists often fear that because small content creators couldn’t compete in such a market, it would in turn reduce the diversity of internet content. (For example, some argue that users would “naturally gravitate” to the big brands who can afford to pay the bill if Comcast and Verizon do decide to charge them more for streaming video over their pipes.) But the video market is already very different from the rest of the web. Because it doesn’t make sense to build one’s own streaming infrastructure when you can embed a YouTube player that better delivers streaming capacity anyway, the “small guys” creating video content already work through large platforms such a…