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[3]: Yes
by Alfman on Fri 15th Dec 2017 13:46 UTC 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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