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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The Train has Left the Station
by hackus on Fri 15th Dec 2017 03:27 UTC
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in 2007...when the entire financial system failed.

You are now living in a planned economy, where banks plan economic activity through the printing of money and its use in buying stocks and zero percent loans to corporations to buy their own stocks and then declare the economy is ROBUST, RECOVERED and unemployment is low....

Ad Nauseum now for the past 10 years.

How long this can go on I suspect won't be much longer without a major war, black flag event. But who knows, the technological control of the financial system has even impressed me in its control structures to prevent implosion.

Thank God we have Open Source software otherwise the future would look pretty darn bleak technologically.

We should be able to pick up the pieces afterwards and form open source routing points to rebuild the internet internally in the USA.

This time we will do it right.

But the internet is nothing now more than a monitoring tool for a bunch of oligarchs and a handful of companies to insure you behave.

This gets worse every year as in the USA all form of actualy discourse is now anything you say or disagree with the local or state or federal governments you are a racist or something.

Just as long as you shut up and can't have a rational discussion.

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How long this can go on I suspect won't be much longer without a major war...

Looks at the Middle East
Uh...-10 years?

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