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.

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Vanders
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2005-07-06

Youtube and Netflix had a huge success and ended up eating up half of the available bandwidth before ISP's lay down additional infrastructure.

The rest of the world seemed to cope just fine. Like etherealsoul I also recently received a free bandwidth upgrade, from 300Mbps to 400Mbps. Apparently my Dutch ISP have no problem with their users consuming bandwidth, and are happy to provide more. So why are US ISPs apparently incapable of doing the same?

Also most Web Hosting companies and DNS are located in the USA.

You keep saying this and I have literally no idea what point you're actually trying to make.

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