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[5]: Anothe side of this
by kwan_e on Fri 15th Dec 2017 23:42 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Anothe side of this"
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But that isn't the role of government. There is no "policy" that can force competition to happen.

Yes there is. Break up the large corporations. Forbid mergers or buyouts. Plenty of stuff when the government isn't scared of corporate money, and scared of real people. And when the people aren't scared of corporate money.

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.

The government should have broken up those car manufacturers too.

I tend to side with the corporations since they can be competed with.

What fantasy world do you live in?

Can't compete with the government once they step in.

It's actually much easier to compete with the government. Why do you think corporations spend so much money trying to prevent competition?

The only reason why the government in the US is a big problem is because it is just an arm of the corporations. It's people like you who have failed to exercise your voting power properly that the government has turned into the thing you hate.

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