But that seems to overlook the fact that businesses already pay more for higher bandwidth. For example, T1 (1.5 Mbps) line is cheaper than a T3 (6 Mbps) line.
Net neutrality is all about treating traffic equally - just because a carrier has a deal with a particular service provider, it shouldn't be allowed to throttle or block traffic relating to competing services.
One particular comment had me scratching my head: "Sol, dude, no one in the US(or anywhere else outside of Asia) will pay for stuff they DONT need or can get for FREE with free Wi-Fi(especially in this economic downturn)."
Yes, I agree that many of us are looking closely at unnecessary expensiture at present, but does anyone actually trust free Wi-Fi services? It's one thing if you can use a VPN to ensure a secure connection back to the office, or if you just want to do some innocuous web surfing.
But with weaknesses being found recently in both WPA2 (how many free Wi-Fi locations use any kind of encryption?) and in the PKI infrastructure used by SSL, I wouldn't feel comfortable doing anything that requires a password at a hot spot.
Maybe I'm paranoid, maybe there are other things I should be worrying about, but it just seems like an unnecessary risk. A 3G connection (or even GPRS), on the other hand, seem much more trustworthy.