The FCC's gaff and Verizon's pebble are on track to derail Net Neutrality

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2014 - 12:44 PM |
Tagged: net neutrality, legal, FCC

In a wonderful display of ignorance the FCC seems to be on course to end any hope of US citizens actually receiving the bandwidth they pay for and major corporations are in danger of breaking their wrists because of too many high 5's.  With one ingenious move they have made over 100 years of common carriage laws designed to allow enforcement of fair business practices obsolete as far as providers of "information services" are concerned. 

Today we will we see some of the the results of their utter failure to protect the interests of US citizens as Net Neutrality will be redefined to allow providers to throttle or increase the available bandwidth to online media companies based on how much dosh those aforementioned companies are willing to shell over.  This means that while you may have a connection rated at 100Mbps download, that will no longer have anything to do with the actual speed you receive; that speed is dependent on how much bandwidth the provider makes available to the media service you are using.

The ruling is not yet released; keep an eye for updates here and on The Inquirer ... or just skip down to the new Gigabyte boards if you don't want to be depressed.

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"IN A MOVE designed to serve corporate America and raise the hackles of almost everyone else, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed to redefine net neutrality."

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April 24, 2014 | 08:09 PM - Posted by Gotmilk

A horrific decision and I completely agree with how troubling these 'rules' are. This is not a time to A.) be partisan B.) sit on our arses and just assume politicians, the F.C.C., or corporate america will have our back and/or that things 'are as they are'.

Get involved people - at work, at home, friends, family, etc. educate them on how problematic the trend is and why. Even tweets, comments on forums, etc. it will all help (perhaps in futility) to try and stem the tide of what is happening.

Personally, I think bandwidth should be delivered as part of 'the commons' (societal advancement, the internet has become instrumental to progress, education, interaction, etc.) and once and for all remove these mega-corporations from the equation.

April 24, 2014 | 11:21 PM - Posted by Tim Verry



That is all.

April 25, 2014 | 01:39 AM - Posted by razor512

Pretty much allows them to increase profits by taking equipment off line (less to run), and oversell the new crappier service, and then rely on paid QOS to make certain services usable.

Net neutrality should require ISP's to prioritize all traffic the same. if they run into a situation where they feel throttling is needed, then it means that they have oversold and are no longer capable of offering users what they are paying for.

When they are allowed to engage in other network management practices, then it is simply used as a way around having to improve the network.

traffic shaping is traditionally done at the customers end, for example, a business purchases a 1 gigabit internet connection (and they cant afford more), so they may end up using some QOS to make sure that the VPN gets priority between the HQ and branch office. or if they make heavy use of VOIP, then they can prioritize that. When the ISP starts prioritizing then it means that they are encouraged to indirectly block things they do not like.

e.g., tired of your customers watching netflix instead of using your overpriced on demand service, then make it so that netflix runs too slow to be used; you technically did not block it, and if people complain, you can just say that it is reasonable traffic shaping to ensure that high bandwidth applications do not impact the web browsing experience of other customers. e.g., verizon fios does this where competing streaming services are slow 24/7 this rules out peering issues or congestion as the performance is consistently slow at about the same level at all hours.

April 25, 2014 | 10:16 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes, lets appoint the Fox to the job of guarding the hen house, and while we are at it lets give the fox a Kenny Rogers signature grill with pre-started coals, nice and glowing red. The Kansas City rub of it is: that the cable Trusts have the ferrets in Washington on the invite list for some good roasters, and the consumer(Roasters) are left spinning on the spit, well done and to be feasted on, along with any Net Neutrality, down the hatch with a cold beer chaser. Come on down to the internet barbecue, all you farrets, and bring your brown bags, that we'll stuff with healthy greens, to go along with those slow roasted hens and cold beer, and that is free beer for ferrets, with the consumer footing the bill!

Welcome to the new gilded age, but it is High Time for some Trust Busting, and a good Ferret roast!

April 25, 2014 | 10:33 AM - Posted by Pholostan

Want internet? $1000 is the price. Want a useful connection to Youtube? That's also $1000. Oh, you want to watch _that_ youtube channel, that will be just $500. You got a deal!

April 26, 2014 | 05:18 AM - Posted by JohnGR

The petition about deporting Justin Bieber was for fun I guess, well maybe you should think to do the same thing for the members of the FCC committee and this time for real. Only don't send them to Europe. North Korea is great for holidays this season.

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