Rather simplistic with a single pipe and a single source...
The pipe metaphor being too simplistic was my point, but your usage of the term was even more simplistic.
also leaving out the decreasing diameter of the pipe from source destination, the variable width at some destinations (residential vs industrial), fire hydrants, etc.
Never heard of riparian rights eh?
Who gives a *? Nobody owns the entire river, which is my point.
'the' Internet backbone? You realize there are multiple networks of backbones... right? And while connected at different points are what ISPs plug into one or more of?
No, it's one backbone. Singular.
Which is what people here don't seem to like... even though the bigger beef that most net neutrality supporters have is with explicit or implicit throttling closer to 'the' backbone where a peering agreement may no longer be effective due to unequal traversal (a common thing with video services) which means either paying more (ie a transit agreement) or suffering with a over saturated pipe.
You just love using that "people here" phrase, don't you? As if you're so * special in your understanding virtually EVERYTHING. Can you be any more of an * in the way to post here? Sheesh.