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Net Neutrality is about to end

Postby Kane » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:35 pm

Kotaku wrote:
The FCC Is Trying To Destroy The Internet


Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled its plans to roll back net neutrality regulations, and if those plans are successful, we can say goodbye to the internet as we know it.

Right now, paying for internet in the United States guarantees you free and open access to any website or service you’d like. You don’t have to pay extra for access to your favorite websites, and you don’t have to subscribe to additional services if you want more bandwidth for Xbox Live.

This parity doesn’t happen because Comcast and Time Warner Cable are kind, charitable organizations—it happens because of net neutrality, or the principle that everything on the internet should be equally accessible. In 2015, after a long and protracted battle, the FCC implemented regulations that would prevent cable companies from violating net neutrality. Without those regulations, companies like Verizon could bundle together internet websites like cable plans, charging customers more for access to what they see as premium sites and content.

The Trump administration, never one to shy away from supporting billion-dollar corporations, wants to make that OK. Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC and a former counsel at Verizon, today unveiled a plan to repeal those net neutrality rules, writing the following:

WASHINGTON, November 21, 2017—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released the following statement on his draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which was circulated to his fellow Commissioners this morning and will be voted on at the FCC’s Open Meeting on December 14:

“For almost twenty years, the Internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress. This bipartisan framework led the private sector to invest $1.5 trillion building communications networks throughout the United States. And it gave us an Internet economy that became the envy of the world.

“But in 2015, the prior FCC bowed to pressure from President Obama. On a party-line vote, it imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulations upon the Internet. That decision was a mistake. It’s depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation.

“Today, I have shared with my colleagues a draft order that would abandon this failed approach and return to the longstanding consensus that served consumers well for decades. Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet. Instead, the FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.

“Additionally, as a result of my proposal, the Federal Trade Commission will once again be able to police ISPs, protect consumers, and promote competition, just as it did before 2015. Notably, my proposal will put the federal government’s most experienced privacy cop, the FTC, back on the beat to protect consumers’ online privacy.

“Speaking of transparency, when the prior FCC adopted President Obama’s heavy-handed Internet regulations, it refused to let the American people see that plan until weeks after the FCC’s vote. This time, it’ll be different. Specifically, I will publicly release my proposal to restore Internet freedom tomorrow—more than three weeks before the Commission’s December 14 vote.

“Working with my colleagues, I look forward to returning to the light-touch, market-based framework that unleashed the digital revolution and benefited consumers here and around the world.”


The plan will go to vote on December 14, and is expected to pass thanks to a GOP-controlled commission. From there, perhaps there will be months and months of court battles, and perhaps we will all be screwed.

If you’d like to help fight this, here’s a good place to start.


All of those streaming services on the internet are about to get more expensive and people are going to view existing horrendous cable packages as acceptable once again.

This is just so shitty. If you have to pay more for certain bundles of online gaming services? Looks like I'm losing a hobby.
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Re: Net Neutrality is about to end

Postby exploited » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:23 pm

It's been good knowing you guys.

I don't want to ham it up, but I do wanna say that Verizon is a God. i worship them and their internet services.

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Re: Net Neutrality is about to end

Postby Spider » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:11 pm

This is a big deal...and is timed nicely to slide right in under the cover provided by basically every dirty old man with any name recognition whatsoever having all his jizz-starched laundry aired across the world's OLED screens.

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It won't happen all at once. People would flip out. But it's going to be interesting seeing internet "bundles" being priced to include or exclude particular sites and services.
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Re: Net Neutrality is about to end

Postby Kane » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:27 pm

It's such utter bullshit.
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Re: Net Neutrality is about to end

Postby The Comrade » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:22 pm

it's weird that republicans have their cocks raw over this considering it's going to hurt every single corporation that isn't a telecom which is most of them.
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Re: Net Neutrality is about to end

Postby John Galt » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:48 pm

you people are f**k insane

these regulations were put in place in 2015 because of fears that they were needed. DESTROY THE INTERNET? you mean, go back to how it was like a year ago? lmao you f**k people. you're destroying my reddit feed with your f**k chicken little hysteria is what you're doing

the reason the FTC hasn't done anything is because there hasn't been abuses. this belongs under the FTC, a consumer protection agency, rather than the FCC, which does things like regulate the strength of radio towers and makes the government money through auctions of airwaves, as well as prop up monopolies like AT&T for 100 years
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Re: Net Neutrality is about to end

Postby John Galt » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:00 pm

FYI: In RES options, search for a word filter to use filteReddit. You can add "Net Neutrality" under keywords (which blocks everything with that in the title) and you can also block everything from domain keyword "battleforthenet". My reddit has been saved.
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Re: Net Neutrality is about to end

Postby Kane » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:56 pm

Join us next year for an episode where John finds out his broadband speeds are throttled depending on the service/website being utilized. Until then, stay safe and stay sane.
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Re: Net Neutrality is about to end

Postby Kane » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:06 pm

It's also weird because this would remove state's rights to regulate telecoms too.
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Re: Net Neutrality is about to end

Postby Saz » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:13 pm

John Galt wrote:you people are f**k insane

these regulations were put in place in 2015 because of fears that they were needed. DESTROY THE INTERNET? you mean, go back to how it was like a year ago? lmao you f**k people. you're destroying my reddit feed with your f**k chicken little hysteria is what you're doing

the reason the FTC hasn't done anything is because there hasn't been abuses. this belongs under the FTC, a consumer protection agency, rather than the FCC, which does things like regulate the strength of radio towers and makes the government money through auctions of airwaves, as well as prop up monopolies like AT&T for 100 years


I believe before the 2015 legislation, Netflix was paying extra to avoid being throttled by some of the most hated companies in America. There is absolutely no need for this legislation, it will do nothing to boost private infrastructure funding and presents a few obvious points for market failure.

This isn't a FTC issue because they deal more with fraudulent issues. The issue here isn't fraud, the issue is ISPs are local monopolies and these shills want to give them even further monopolistic powers.
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