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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etherealsoul
Member since:
2009-07-01

Unfortunately, that is nonsense in my eyes. I have the same ISP for the past 5 years. bought initially the contract for 60Mb/s. I have now 250Mb/s. The best part now ... no increase of monthly payment, no changes to my contract. They updated the service on their own and made it available for their consumers.

The only thing they want me to do right now, and it is optional, is to change the modem to new one, increasing then the rent by 10PLN approximately $3.3. Like this, there are the other players in the market with the same approach.
So far, I have only seen segmentation of the data on mobile internet for phones, where you can get a package for dedicated traffic for Facebook.

Using your line of though, I should have had my rent increase so they could implement new infrastructure. It is not needed as long management knows what needs to be done and to serve the public. But here is where it comes in the difference of mindset in US versus EU.
It also helps in the EU that there is no monopolies, just oligopolies. And thanks to the LTE, cable has to fight competition from that are as well.

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jigzat Member since:
2008-10-30

Most if not all ISPs oversell bandwidth since usage is not continuous, it's one of the reasons why internet access has become so "cheap" this days, it is like a timeshare model, of course there has been investments on infrastructure hence ISP's feel confident to offer users more bandwidth but they still expect ocasional heavy usage.

Youtube and Netflix had a huge success and ended up eating up half of the available bandwidth before ISP's lay down additional infrastructure. Also most Web Hosting companies and DNS are located in the USA.

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Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Youtube and Netflix had a huge success and ended up eating up half of the available bandwidth before ISP's lay down additional infrastructure.

The rest of the world seemed to cope just fine. Like etherealsoul I also recently received a free bandwidth upgrade, from 300Mbps to 400Mbps. Apparently my Dutch ISP have no problem with their users consuming bandwidth, and are happy to provide more. So why are US ISPs apparently incapable of doing the same?

Also most Web Hosting companies and DNS are located in the USA.

You keep saying this and I have literally no idea what point you're actually trying to make.

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