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: Yes
by galvanash on Fri 15th Dec 2017 00:13 UTC in reply to "Yes"
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Imagine what an unscrupulous leader could do once the FCC had control.

We don't have to imagine, that is literally what just happened. Apparently the answer is the unscrupulous leader just cedes control to the guys that paid him off and raises his middle finger to everyone else...

Edited 2017-12-15 00:14 UTC

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RE[2]: Yes
by judgen on Fri 15th Dec 2017 00:52 in reply to "RE: Yes"
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I was thinking more in the lines of Kim jong Il, Joseph Goebbels and so on.

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RE[3]: Yes
by kwan_e on Fri 15th Dec 2017 01:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes"
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I was thinking more in the lines of Kim jong Il, Joseph Goebbels and so on.

And by doing so, you completely missed that it already happened.

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RE[3]: Yes
by The123king on Fri 15th Dec 2017 09:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes"
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...Donald Trump

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RE[3]: Yes
by Vanders on Fri 15th Dec 2017 11:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes"
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The Kims or someone like Goebbels wouldn't need to mess around with regulators; they'd seize the physical infrastructure directly.

Also where does this weird idea that the Big Faceless Government can't be trusted, but that a Big Faceless Corporation can be? It seems to me that the one in it purely for the money is the one that's least trustworthy.

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v RE[2]: Yes
by SojoPhoto on Fri 15th Dec 2017 12:45 in reply to "RE: Yes"
RE[3]: Yes
by Alfman on Fri 15th Dec 2017 13:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes"
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You do realize that the FCC guy (I cannot remember his name) was appointed by Obama, right?

You do realize that when Obama was in office, we also criticized him for the revolving door and appointing industry insiders, right? Republicans don't have a monopoly on the revolving door, unfortunately.

It's kind of depressing to be an informed voter because you realize that both parties are incumbent and neither truly has the will to take corporations out of politics. Though there's no denying trump's corporate corruption is particularly nasty.

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RE[3]: Yes
by Remiks on Fri 15th Dec 2017 13:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes"
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>You do realize that the FCC guy (I cannot remember his name) was appointed by Obama, right?<

Ajit Pai -current FCC chairman- was appointed by Trump. Tom Wheeler -prvious FCC chairman- was appointed by Obama.

Get your facts right.

Edited 2017-12-15 13:48 UTC

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v RE[2]: Yes
by Metrol on Fri 15th Dec 2017 19:52 in reply to "RE: Yes"