FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

Discussion in 'Regulatory Developments' started by W5HRO, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. W5HRO

    W5HRO Administrator

    Holy Shit... they approved it!

    From WSJ, Feb. 26, 2015

    The Federal Communications Commission set aside two decades of laissez-faire policy Thursday to assert broad authority over the Internet, voting to regulate broadband providers as public utilities and overruling laws in two states that made it harder for cities to offer their own Web service.

    Both rulings were setbacks for big telecommunications and cable companies that have invested billions of dollars in their networks and wins for Internet companies that have enjoyed explosive growth as people spend more time online. The moves reflect an evolution from regulators treating the Internet as a technological innovation that needed to be nurtured to a powerful commercial venue with rival constituencies that need to be balanced.

    “The blessing and the curse for the cable industry and the telcos is they have an infrastructure which is absolutely critical to the economy, to education, to health care—far beyond the original use for which they built those networks,” said Blair Levin, who was chief of staff at the FCC in the 1990s and who headed up the agency’s 2010 National Broadband Plan. “The good news is everybody needs it. The bad news is when everybody needs it, the government plays a role.”

    Netflix said the day was a win for consumers. Telecom and cable industry groups said the decisions opened the door to heavy-handed regulation that would hurt innovation. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler shot back at such criticism ahead of the vote, saying, “This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech.”

    Both votes in the Democratic-controlled commission were 3-2 along party lines. In the more closely watched decision, the FCC approved new net neutrality rules that bar Internet service providers from blocking Web traffic or letting them charge websites for priority service.

    The rules also extend the regulator’s reach into the middle of the Internet by saying if there are complaints, the commission will review so-called interconnection deals, which allow companies like Netflix to tie directly into networks like those owned by Comcast.
     
  2. W5HRO

    W5HRO Administrator

    This is going to be a heated battle in the courts and may be a political issue in 2016.

    Here's the deal though. As an example a coworker of mine has Comcast TV, Phone and Internet. They were having speed issues last week and when they checked they were only getting 1Mbps. They do Netflix and movie streaming, etc. Well, when they called Comcast they told them it was probably their Wi-Fi connection and to just plug the CAT5 cable into the back of their PC. When they did their speed came back up to the full 16Mbps, etc. Then the guy said he would connect them to their Wi-Fi support department and transferred their call. What Wi-Fi department? Well, they were never transferred to any Wi-Fi department and were simply cutoff. They then plugged the CAT5 cable back into the Wi-Fi / Router box and their speed was still 16Mbps, etc. They had never even restarted it or had done anything to it.

    Anyway, it was plain as day that Comcast had throttled their speed back on purpose and that is exactly the reason why these new Net Neutrality rules are needed and I don't care if Comcast, AT&T and Verizon all go out of business in the process. And hopefully the political issues wont result in the same screwed up mess like the mess that was made of the industry back in the 1980's. The hell with all the modern Republicans and Democrats both. Each side consists of mostly cry-baby communist retards today anyway.