Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Feb 2015 20:38 UTC
Internet & Networking

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler:

Originally, I believed that the FCC could assure internet openness through a determination of "commercial reasonableness" under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. While a recent court decision seemed to draw a roadmap for using this approach, I became concerned that this relatively new concept might, down the road, be interpreted to mean what is reasonable for commercial interests, not consumers.

That is why I am proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.

Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. I propose to fully apply - for the first time ever - those bright-line rules to mobile broadband. My proposal assures the rights of internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission.

Great news for Americans.

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Comment by ddc_
by ddc_ on Wed 4th Feb 2015 21:33 UTC
ddc_
Member since:
2006-12-05

While it is a big step in acknowledging reality, I wouldn't be all optimistic about it: be internet proclaimed basic utility, it would become more open to all sorts of regulations to protect laymen, which automatically becomes more important in the view of lawmakers one internet is considered essential. I wouldn't be too amazed if this would facilitate installation of the anti-piracy, anti-porn and similar legal frameworks that may and up more screwing internet users then protecting them, just like the way it happened to several other basic utilities.

I hope future proves me wrong.

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RE: Comment by ddc_
by darknexus on Thu 5th Feb 2015 19:25 UTC in reply to "Comment by ddc_"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I hope future proves me wrong.

And I hope to grow wings. Want to bet on which one of us gets hope taken away first?

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Paid prioritization
by WorknMan on Wed 4th Feb 2015 22:00 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

What exactly does it mean to block paid prioritization? I mean, if you prevent ISPs from deliberately blocking/throttling traffic, don't you kind of block paid prioritization by default?

EDIT: I also wonder if, once these new rules are in place, the FCC can/will go after TWC for its obvious and intentional Youtube throttling ...

Edited 2015-02-04 22:18 UTC

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Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Wed 4th Feb 2015 22:18 UTC
ssokolow
Member since:
2010-01-21

Here's an explanation of what's going on:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxB8r8ls_xE

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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by judgen on Fri 6th Feb 2015 04:36 UTC in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

TYT is not a good source of analysis. (or anything for that matter unless you are into Democrat partisanship)

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RE[2]: Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Fri 6th Feb 2015 16:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ssokolow"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

But that video did point out some details not many people seem to be considering, so it's good as one of many inputs on your "things to consider" list.

Edited 2015-02-06 16:06 UTC

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Comment by judgen
by judgen on Thu 5th Feb 2015 00:37 UTC
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

Worst news ever for the Intnernet, this will give the FCC censorship powers over the internet. The internet became great because of the decentralized nature, this power grab by te government will move it more towards a goverment controlled entity.

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RE: Comment by judgen
by modmans2ndcoming on Thu 5th Feb 2015 00:48 UTC in reply to "Comment by judgen"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

Or it won't because the FCC will put a forbearance on that provision.

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RE[2]: Comment by judgen
by darknexus on Thu 5th Feb 2015 19:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by judgen"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Oh, it will. If you can count on governments for two things, they are control and taxes. Anyone watching what the current administration in this country is doing (not the propaganda, but the real events) knows full well what's about to happen.

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v Great News for Americans?! Are you Kidding?
by ASmith on Sat 7th Feb 2015 01:56 UTC