Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Apr 2014 22:23 UTC
Internet & Networking

The Federal Communication Commission's proposal for new net neutrality rules will allow internet service providers to charge companies for preferential treatment, effectively undermining the concept of net neutrality, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rules will allow providers to charge companies for preferential treatment so long as they offer that treatment to all interested parties on "commercially reasonable" terms, with the FCC deciding whether the terms are reasonable on a case-by-case basis. Providers will reportedly not be able to block individual websites, however.

While several parts of the world - Chile first, Netherlands second, EU followed only recently - move towards proper net neutrality, the US tries to kill it dead for its own citizens.

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You will end up being throttled anyway, not by the ISP doing packet inspection and whatnot but simply because your ISP will have no incentive to upgrade their infrastructure and increase bandwidth capacity.

Why would they? They can always extort money from companies offering services over the internet, which will end up coming from your pockets because... well, that's how it's going to be.

These dinosaurs have it good. They massively oversubscribe their current capacity and then they extort money for "fast lanes"...

... but hey, as long as they don't block shit and give you the illusion of choice, it's all good.

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