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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I call YouTube user because they are the ones who pay dedicated channels in order to serve ads to consumers (youtube watchers) who don't pay directly to the company (unlike Netflix) and usually pay for a shared connection (hence cheaper), It's one of the reasons why ISP's wanted to profit with web browsing tracking, it is what keeps youtube afloat, it was only logical that ISP's would follow suit to pay for new infrastructure, and also to keep profits up.

I agree with you that google's real customers are the advertisers. However what difference does this make to the ISP carrying the traffic? I can't think of a good reason why it should matter to the ISP carrying 3rd party traffic.

Also remember that most ISP's oversell bandwidth because very few users used their bandwidth simultaneously, until Netflix and YouTube showed up in the scene.

Yes, I don't have a problem with overselling provided that ISPs make a good faith effort to correct the bottlenecks in order to achieve the advertised rates.

Incidentally under the obama administration in 2011 the FCC started investigating the discrepancies between advertised rates and actual rates (with telemetry data collected from real ISP customers).

Actual versus advertised rates for isps back in 2011:

Our ISP was cablevision's optimum online service. The FCC's data shows that actual speed / advertised speed was 50%, this result was in fact the worst of the whole lot. I can personally corroborate the FCC's claims as we were routinely unable to get advertised rates. Alas, it was the only broadband company servicing our area.

The FCC's investigations actually made a difference, and the service improved dramatically after that. This is also reflected on the FCC data. Here's the latest 2016 report:

We're actually getting 105% the advertised rate, and my tests confirm this holds at all hours of the day so it's safe to say they've over-provisioned the bandwidth. The FCC data shows that all of the delinquent cable companies made strong improvements since the FCC's initial reporting.

It shows that under good leadership the FCC does bring about positive changes to the industry. But now I worry that the bad blood occupying the FCC today will result in regressive changes.

Edited 2017-12-16 05:58 UTC

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