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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xristos
Member since:
2014-04-25

I'm hoping that wireless 4G/5G/satellite internet service providers break the monopolies some of these Cable companies have on many parts of the US.

When/If that happens, the free markets should function properly and customers can start putting pressure (with their moneys) on internet service providers to do better.

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kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

When/If that happens, the free markets should function properly and customers can start putting pressure (with their moneys) on internet service providers to do better.


When do free markets ever function properly?

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judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

100% of the times it works better than planned economies. However there is no free markets nowadays. All use fiat money.

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timosa Member since:
2005-07-06

What most of people want is fair market, not free market. The latter is just a puppet of the elite.

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computrius Member since:
2006-03-26

Really? The wireless providers are the worst offenders when it comes to limiting your internet connection and doing sleazy things.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Ahh, you still believe in "free market", how adorable.
(and why exactly would you think cellular providers are the cure? Hint: US already has among the worst and most expensive cellular among developed nations)

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