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

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: Comment by yoshi314@gmail.com
by PJBonoVox on Thu 14th Dec 2017 23:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by yoshi314@gmail.com"
PJBonoVox
Member since:
2006-08-14

That's the only hope out of this. That ISPs use 'we don't throttle your connection' as a means to introduce competition.

But as a UK expat in the US, I saw quite quickly that there are large swathes of the country that wouldn't have a choice of ISP anyway, so they are screwed.

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Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Legalized ransomware. Belgium is not in a better position regarding the internet.

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Gargyle Member since:
2015-03-27

It's true that the duopoly in Belgium is being protected by corrupt politicians (or the entire corrupt government), but there are at least SOME alternatives to choose from: EDPnet, Dommel, Orange, etc.

Granted, prices are ridiculous compared to neighbour countries, but at least most people aren't screwed by the fact that they have the choice of one provider or fvck all.

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