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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Thanks galvanash. I've seen so much ignorance on the issue everywhere I look that its incredibly refreshing to see at least one other person on the Internet somewhere who understands what's actually happening.

With issues like this the "people who use the Internet" outnumber the "people who understand the Internet" by such an overwhelming margin that its hard for the FCC to legislate based only on popular opinion.

You wouldn't see uninformed popular opinion dictating something like microchip design but that seems to apply to Internet infrastructure.

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