Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Dec 2017 19:46 UTC

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[4]: Anothe side of this
by Metrol on Fri 15th Dec 2017 21:46 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Anothe side of this"
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The problem with ajit pai is that he just wants to repeal net neutrality without increasing competition, he hasn't outlined any policies that would do so.

But that isn't the role of government. There is no "policy" that can force competition to happen. Government does have a valuable role in being a hopefully impartial referee in matters.

Only way that competition happens, in any industry, is someone out there sees a need that isn't being fulfilled and does so. That can only happen if the barrier to that market isn't blocked off.

Look at all the legal hoops that Tesla has had to jump through because of all the regulations put in place to protect consumers from car manufacturers. It's genuinely crazy that a mfg can't see directly to a consumer. At the time, those laws made sense for a lot of reasons. Now, they've stifled who can make and sell this product.

I honestly don't know of NN is a good or bad thing. I guess it comes down to a choice of which flavor of corruption you prefer, the corporations trying to make a buck or the politicians they paid for. I have to admit, I tend to side with the corporations since they can be competed with. Can't compete with the government once they step in.

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