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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I call YouTube user because they are the ones who pay dedicated channels in order to serve ads to consumers (youtube watchers) who don't pay directly to the company (unlike Netflix) and usually pay for a shared connection (hence cheaper), It's one of the reasons why ISP's wanted to profit with web browsing tracking, it is what keeps youtube afloat, it was only logical that ISP's would follow suit to pay for new infrastructure, and also to keep profits up.

Sounds like a shakedown to me. "We see you're making money. Where's our cut? Be shame if anything...happened". Are web companies now obliged to keep Don Corleone happy?

Anyway, your explanation makes no sense; what difference does it make if a company makes their money from ads (YouTube) or from direct payments (Netflix)? Both companies are likely to be targets if NN is repealed: ISPs don't care how they're making money, they just care that they haven't been gifted a suitable tribute.

Also remember that most ISP's oversell bandwidth because very few users used their bandwidth simultaneously, until Netflix and YouTube showed up in the scene.

That's their problem if they designed their business around an unsustainable business model. Gouging & shaking down to fill the gap in your balance sheet is unethical.

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