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FCC plans total repeal of net neutrality rules

Post by 3Flushes » November 20th 2017, 7:45pm

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will reveal plans to his fellow commissioners on Tuesday to fully dismantle the agency's Obama-era net neutrality regulations, people familiar with the plans said, in a major victory for the telecom industry in the long-running policy debate.

The commission will vote on the proposal in December, some seven months after it laid the groundwork for scuttling the rules that require internet service providers like Comcast or AT&T to treat web traffic equally.

President Donald Trump-appointed Pai’s plan would jettison rules that prohibit internet service providers from blocking or slowing web traffic or creating so-called paid internet fast lanes, the people familiar with the changes said.

Pai also will follow through on his plans to scrap the legal foundation that the FCC’s old Democratic majority adopted in 2015 to tighten federal oversight of internet service providers, a move he contends has deterred the industry from investing in broadband networks. Internet providers have feared that legal foundation, if left in place, could set the stage for possible government price regulation of internet service.


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Post by TemerityB » November 20th 2017, 7:52pm

Wow, that's groovy. By 2021, laptops will be sold with chip card readers right on the front.
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Post by conjurer » November 20th 2017, 11:25pm

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conjurer wrote:Is this going to slow down Xhamster?



Asking the questions that matter, you are.


Well, goddamn it, Travis, this is pretty important stuff. If I'm watching an Aunt Peg video with her munching some teenager's carpet and the video freezes, this ain't good for nobody. If it's because my bullshit internet provider is fucked up, it's one thing. If it's because of some "Net Neutrality" bullshit, it's another thing entirely.

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FCC Repeals Net Neutrality

Post by 3Flushes » December 14th 2017, 11:35am

BEND OVER AND GRAB YOUR ANKLES

In a 3-2 party line vote, the FCC voted today to repeal net neutrality.

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by Seth Fiegerman @sfiegerman
December 14, 2017: 12:48 PM ET

The end of net neutrality: What it all means

The fight for the future of the internet is about to come to a head.

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a controversial plan to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. The repeal is expected to pass along a party-line vote.

Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, has framed the repeal as getting the government to "stop micromanaging the internet."

The move is supported by the telecom industry, which claims existing regulations threaten to hamper broadband investments and innovation.

Technology companies and consumer advocacy groups have loudly protested the repeal effort for months, both online and offline, arguing it could spell the end of the internet as we know it.

Here's what it all means and what's really at stake.

What exactly is net neutrality?

The net neutrality rules were approved by the FCC in 2015 amid an outpouring of online support. The intention was to keep the internet open and fair.

Under the rules, internet service providers are required to treat all online content the same. They can't deliberately speed up or slow down traffic from specific websites or apps, nor can they put their own content at an advantage over rivals.

To take a classic example, this means Comcast can't just choose to slow down a service like Netflix (NFLX) to make its own streaming video service more competitive, nor can it try to squeeze Netflix to pay more money to be part of a so-called internet fast lane.

As Michael Cheah, general counsel at video site Vimeo, previously told CNNMoney: the point of the rules is "allowing consumers to pick the winners and losers and not [having] the cable companies make those decisions for them."

Why is net neutrality such a big deal?

If there's one thing that both sides can agree on, it's that the internet is increasingly central to our lives. Any change to how it's regulated is a hot button issue. (Remember the uproar over repealing internet privacy protections earlier this year?)

Everyone uses the internet and everyone uses these tech platforms," Michelle Connolly, a former FCC official who supports Pai, previously told CNNMoney. "So issues that are coming up right now, people are seeing from a very personal perspective."

So how will internet providers be regulated if net neutrality is repealed?

The FCC plans to do away with rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content. The FCC would also eliminate a rule barring providers from prioritizing their own content.

In the absence of a firm ban on these actions, providers will be required to publicly disclose any instance of blocking, throttling or paid prioritization. It will then be evaluated based on whether or not the activity is anti-competitive.

Related: Trump administration sends mixed messages on big media

As part of this shift, oversight of internet protections will shift from the FCC to the Federal Trade Commission.
Maureen K. Ohlhausen, the acting head of the FTC, said in a statement Monday that the agency is "committed to ensuring that Internet service providers live up to the promises they make to consumers."

But consumer advocacy groups are less than optimistic.
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Not only is the FCC eliminating basic net neutrality rules, but it's joining forces with the FTC to say it will only act when a broadband provider is deceiving the public," Chris Lewis, VP at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit that focuses on the open internet, said in a statement this week. "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it."


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Post by Bahoomba » December 14th 2017, 11:58am

Yep. Trump's FCC has killed net neutrality; vote was just about a half-hour ago as I write this.
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Post by foghorn » December 14th 2017, 12:25pm

So I guess this means that America just got a little greater? Again? How much more greatness can one country stand??
Will this affect the you tube? I like the you tube. I hope this doesn't affect the you tube. Yesterday I saw a guy take a half an hour to change a bracelet on a watch on the you tube. And what about the snapface? I might join there too. Can I still?
Will I be able to type the word Obama Obama on the interwebz anymore. Oops I guess not.
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Post by bedlam » December 14th 2017, 4:36pm

Its not an issue for other countries, just US users will be hit. We will just route around whatever kludge Comcast and Co create for you.

Its amazing to see anti-taxation/anti-government people falling into line behing Pai and his big comms bosses. Seems it's ok to pay taxes to and be ruled by big organisations when they are privately held. Ideology over logic.
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Re: FCC plans total repeal of net neutrality rules

Post by koimaster » October 1st 2019, 8:58am

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/ ... al-n931331


and today https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/201 ... tate-laws/


Sorry but I do not want ATT or others to throttle down internet content so their paid advertisers get preference. The internet belongs to everyone, not the chosen few.
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