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]: Anothe side of this
by Alfman on Fri 15th Dec 2017 20:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Anothe side of this"
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In the area I live, if you wanted broadband it was Time Warner or AT&T. Both were less than stellar. Neither did much to up their game until Google Fiber moved into town. All of the sudden folks like TW were providing real customer service, real appointment times, and improved speeds. No regulation can make things like that happen. Only competition in the market place can.

I think most of us are in agreement about how important competition is.

Having 3 providers is lucky for you, haha. I bet that when google fiber came in, the other ISPs suddenly had to up their game because they knew that consumers with a choice don't have to tolerate the bad service any more.

The problem with ajit pai is that he just wants to repeal net neutrality without increasing competition, he hasn't outlined any policies that would do so.

Edited 2017-12-15 20:17 UTC

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