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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by Dr.Cyber on Sun 17th Dec 2017 07:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by yoshi314@gmail.com"
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The public has far less influence then even this indicates.

If the elite would disregard the public opinion (for example ignore votes in an election) but said on the news that they based their decisions on the public votes, do you really think that any of those dumbed down couch potatoes that make up most of the general public would notice?

Of course not. Not one of them cares enough about politics to do any research beyond watching the news. Thanks to that we are completely at the mercy of the politicians honesty.

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