You have to hand it to the Republicans, they don’t even pretend to care about anyone other than rich people and corporations. So the recent FCC votes to begin dismantling Net Neutrality doesn’t come as a surprise at all.
In the short term, you shouldn’t expect anything significant to change since there will be numerous lawsuits from various groups. In the longer term, as long as the GOP controls Washington the assaults on consumers will continue and Net Neutrality destruction is a priority. If this bothers you, check out the EFF and vote for those who think your rights as a consumer are worth protecting.
FCC has opened the floodgates to complaints over net neutrality, unfortunately most of them are over data caps and slow service. Maybe the FCC should focus on encouraging competition, which as the Google Fiber rollout shows us, actually works at addressing these issues. Oh, and maybe stopping the industry efforts at squashing municipal broadband.
Tim Wu is the author who coined the phrase “network neutrality” and he’s running for lieutenant governor in New York.
He opposes the Comcast purchase of Time Warner Cable and is studying the AT&T/DirecTV merger and the potential Sprint/T-Mobile merger as well. Worth taking a look at for voters in NY who are sick and tired of increasing prices and declining service.
Some of the loudest voices in Congress lobbying against net neutrality were some of the biggest beneficiaries of broadband industry money. I know you’re shocked.
Web host Neocities has given the FCC a 28.8Kbps slow lane to point out the dangers to net neutrality represented by their recent “fast lane” proposal.
Imagine an Internet where you’re charged separately for access to sites like Netflix or Hulu. Or maybe your provider isn’t on the preferred list of those sites so you can’t get to them at all. All possible with the FCC’s proposal.
If you paid attention to the FCC’s new proposed rules for net neutrality you might have noticed such weasel words as ‘commercially reasonable’ along with them allowing providers to give some traffic streams priority over others.
If you’re thinking that this is the opposite of net neutrality, you’re not alone. If you don’t, you’re not paying attention and it’s time you did.
The inside joke about the two major political parties in the US is that they’re indistinguishable at the operational level. Case in point, when the FCC under the Democrats acts like the FCC under the Republicans.
The other inside joke is that unless you’re a major corporation, you’re screwed. In either case, no one is laughing.
[Update] The FCC ruled 3-2 in favor of Genachowski’s proposal, and as Wired points out, no one is happy with this.