Re: American internet users will win!!
But if either (1) or (2) happen, won't it result in re-drafting a new bill?
More time will pass, with more uncertainity and almost certainly more significant changes in how Americans get their Internet access.
I'm against net neutrality as it rolls up a lot of different issues (poor residential Internet services in many locations, lack of competition in many locations causing xDSL/cable services to be over-priced, disputes between how ISP's/content providers interconnect and how large ISP/content providers deliver services). I expect an regulation to only address part of it (most likely interconnects and fairness of delivery of traffic because they are easy to address by regulations AND are very likely to date quickly as the Internet continues to change.
I'd prefer no net neutrality and regulations to encourage ISP's to provide minimum levels of service (within the limits of current technology) to prevent communities being left behind, provide caps for the cost of services (to prevent communities being priced out of faster services) AND (most importantly) remove any restrictions on regional competition between providers. The caps should be high enough to allow current ISP's to operate as they are but provide an incentive for new players to enter local markets.
Being a telco/ISP is hard, so there needs to be rewards for the significant investment involved to encourage new players to enter - being given a monopoly on services in a region should not be one of the possible rewards. Note that these changes would require 2-3 years before the market improved for the consumer.
For interconnects, companies need to pay for the connectivity. Most of the time it will be the content providers that need to improve their connectivity (sorry Netflix....)
For QoS within an ISP providing better service for the ISP's own traffic versus a competitiors, I have no issue with this as long as there are sufficient players in the market to allow customers to move between providers.