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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By billing heavy users like Youtube money is going to come from advertising companies that advertise for those same big companies that people seem to hate so much.

YouTube already pay for the data they transmit. They pay transit providers to carry their data. They pay IXPs for ports. They pay to store their data in CDNs that cache it as local to the end user as possible.

Most large companies transit costs would make your eyes water.

It's interesting though that you label YouTube as a "heavy user". YouTube isn't the user: the user who pays the ISP for a service is the user. So there you have it; both ends are already paying for the data they use, where's the problem precisely? Why do certain ISPs want to double-dip? Simple: because they can, and because they've spent the last decade building some solid monopolies where they now control the last-mile, and they know they can get away with it.

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