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.

Permalink for comment 652061
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: It's not over
by lsatenstein on Fri 15th Dec 2017 14:44 UTC in reply to "It's not over"
lsatenstein
Member since:
2006-04-07

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.

Neutrality does not mean neutrality for rates. You are going to start paying for accesses. Guarantee that this will happen. Packages, just like Cable TV.

Some towns and cities are beginning to install fibre and own the fibre, They do not plan to do throttling. They want to make running a city a priority, and the internet for Fire, Police, Medical, and city infastructur management, affordable. If you are on Verizon, or AT&T or other, the entrance to your home/business will not change if you change providers.

Time for municipalities to be responsible for the internet access and municipal distribution

Reply Parent Score: 5