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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+Brazil
by protomank on Thu 24th Apr 2014 01:53 UTC
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2006-08-03

Brazil approved in senate yesterday and the president sanctioned today the "Marco Civil da Internet" (Internet Civilian Mark) that contains, among other things, net neutrality.
It leaves a hole (the presidency can add a exception if needed by technical reasons) it is a major improvement in a country that almost all companies use traffic-shapping to block torrent and video-casting.

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RE: +Brazil
by Lennie on Thu 24th Apr 2014 10:26 in reply to "+Brazil"
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2007-09-22

It was signed live at NETmundial 2014:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KemK8YbHrI#t=67m01s

http://netmundial.org/ is the conference where people will discuss how the Internet will be controlled in the future.

Because the US Department of Commerce is going to give up control of ICANN:

http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press-release/2014/ntia-announces-intent-tr...

This should mean we'll get some kind of "multistakeholder" model and process just like how everything else is governed right now on the Internet.

Let's hope they get the rules right.

If you want to see more, there will be more talks later today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2DAvj5M60k

Edited 2014-04-24 10:40 UTC

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