The Republican-controlled FCC on Thursday suspended the net neutrality transparency requirements for broadband providers with fewer than 250,000 subscribers. Critics called the decision anticonsumer.
The transparency rule, waived for five years in a 2-1 party-line vote Thursday, requires broadband providers to explain to customers their pricing models and fees as well as their network management practices and the impact on broadband service.
The commission had previously exempted ISPs with fewer than 100,000 subscribers, but Thursday’s decision expands the number of ISPs not required to inform customers. Only about 20 U.S. ISPs have more than 250,000 subscribers.
What could possibly go wrong?
The five-year waiver may be moot, however. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Republicans in Congress are considering ways to scrap a large chunk of the net neutrality regulations approved by the agency just two years ago.
Is it just me, or is the undoing of the opposing party’s policies every 4-8 years a really terrible way to run a country?
It’s not just you. Then again, from here in the UK, I despair in general.
For a representative democracy, you’d have to say that the people are using their representatives to undo their own policies every 4 to 8 years.
My theory is that there’s very little actual “representation” in a representative democracy; and perhaps someone should try true democracy (where every citizen can vote on every issue directly; possibly via. some kind of web site that presents a “for” and an “against” argument and expects citizens to read them before voting).
Edited 2017-03-01 11:33 UTC