Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Dec 2017 19:46 UTC
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Net neutrality is dead - at least for now. In a 3-2 vote today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a measure to remove the tough net neutrality rules it put in place just two years ago. Those rules prevented internet providers from blocking and throttling traffic and offering paid fast lanes. They also classified internet providers as Title II common carriers in order to give the measure strong legal backing.

Today's vote undoes all of that. It removes the Title II designation, preventing the FCC from putting tough net neutrality rules in place even if it wanted to. And, it turns out, the Republicans now in charge of the FCC really don’t want to. The new rules largely don’t prevent internet providers from doing anything. They can block, throttle, and prioritize content if they wish to. The only real rule is that they have to publicly state that they’re going to do it.

Nobody wanted the FCC to vote like this. Public support for net neutrality is massive. The only reason this is happening is pure, unbridled corruption at the very root of the American political system.

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RE: Anothe side of this
by Alfman on Fri 15th Dec 2017 18:54 UTC in reply to "Anothe side of this"
Alfman
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Metrol,

I'm not sure if this ruling is good or bad quite honestly. I do know I'm more than a little suspicious of the very same folks that brought in all the cable regulations 10 years ago which seriously decreased services and caused rates to go up. I was doing work for the cable companies back then, working on their equipment. I saw the impact it had, and very little of it was good for the consumer.


So do you have any evidence for this? Despite all hype, net neutrality never stopped ISPs from setting their own rates, investing in infrastructure, and becoming profitable. It merely requires them to not be discriminatory, that's it. The problems you are describing are caused by lack of competition. Repealing net neutrality doesn't fix competition.

Just for a little balance, here's a video that presents the issue in a more complete way. It's about 12 minutes long.
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There really is more than one side to this, from a consumer's point of view.


Steven crowder spouts too much BS for my tastes.

Can you elaborate in your own words how consumer interests were hurt by net neutrality? The problem is consumer interests are not represented in these backroom deals *combined* with the fact that there's insufficient competition to cause ISPs to worry about loosing customers. ISP monopolies hold all the cards, net neutrality sought to ensure that consumers wouldn't loose choices online just because they had no choice of ISP.

Even some of the ISPs admitted to investors that net neutrality didn't really harm the ISP business.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141211/05462229389/verizon-admit...

Edited 2017-12-15 18:56 UTC

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