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[2]: It's not over
by Alfman on Fri 15th Dec 2017 18:20 UTC in reply to "RE: It's not over"
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The ISPs want to hit Google, the Music stores, Amazon, Facebook and other profitable business. The ISPs did not create those businesses, but now they want a part of it.

The reason ISPs are in the business, is due to profit. They make a profit, even if it is only 25cents per day per household. Wiring up households is not a losing business, otherwise they would not do it.

Net neutrality supporters often focus on the ISPs abusing their monopoly, which is valid. However I actually think the biggest threats may not necessarily originate from monopolistic ISPs, but instead from big online internet companies that would like to become effective monopolies online.

Just think, instead of trying to draw customers by making their products competitive, online companies could start to bribe ISPs to throttle and block their competition even if the ISP had no profit motive to block them before. Without net neutrality, this type of private arrangement between ISPs and the big services providers becomes legal.

Of course, the largest companies have cash and bargaining power, but small companies will face increasing barriers to entry for the same service.

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RE[3]: It's not over
by lsatenstein on Fri 15th Dec 2017 22:54 in reply to "RE[2]: It's not over"
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What you are forecasting is going to happen. Amazon already has their own servers, offering cloud computing and warehousing. Now, they could make deals to purchase the lines from the smaller ISPs. For the current ISP employees, it would be a name change, nothing more.
But as ISP consolidation takes place, Google and the likes will pay a price.

The Republicans see no gain for them with the NN. What will it do for the 2020 elections?

Other countries will continue with Network Neutrality, as it is important to promote small businesses.

Will Google and the like start to route their traffic through Mexico and Canada?

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