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Reality Of Competition In The Broadband Market

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The debate over "Net neutrality" could determine the future of the Internet. Definitions of "Net neutrality" differ, and different proponents see different dangers. Some believe broadband providers (primarily cable television companies and the telecommunications providers of DSL or fiber-optic connections) will offer websites different levels of speed and reliability for the content they offer, creating a "Premium" Internet for websites willing to pay for it, and second-class treatment for others. Another concern is that broadband providers will allow some sites or content "Exclusivity" on their system - for example, allowing one online music vendor the exclusive right to sell its service over the provider's network.

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