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FCC to vote on new proposed net neutrality rules on February 26

By Himanshu Arora ยท 11 replies
Jan 8, 2015
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  1. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that the agency will vote on new proposed net neutrality rules next February 26. He made the announcement during a public interview at the ongoing CES event in Las Vegas.

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  2. I have this feeling that whatever may happen, won't positively affect the people.
    Wendig0, OnCorp, stewi0001 and 2 others like this.
  3. Jam Jack

    Jam Jack TS Rookie Posts: 20   +6

    I don't want to jump on the evil corporation, rubbing hands together looking evil, trying to make more money bandwagon that a lot of other people have. But its really hard not to think like that.
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  4. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,495   +3,496

    If they reclassify there are three guarantees:

    1. New taxes
    2. Higher rates
    3. A whole bunch of I told you sos from the less easily taken.
  5. All I see is more government control over the people. Don't they control enough of our life?
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  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,797   +1,536

    Wow ... in the 5 aforementioned comments we've pretty much covered it all! All I can add is that if they put this regulation along with the cable industry under the same regulation as existed with broadcast media under the FCC we might not be any better off, but we sure as heck would know who was doing what and when without so much of the smoke and mirrors!
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,183

    Look at this way, the corporations have their best interest in mind, and the govt has it's best interest in mind. Then ask yourself, which one of those best serves you?

    If the net is regulated as a utility the govt can tax the ISPs in a whole bunch of new ways. Corporations however, don't pay any tax because it's always passed along to their customers and employees. This means rates will raise for internet access, which will cause people to cancel, downgrade, or change their service. It will also make the cable lines available to any ISP (instead of only who laid them), which means making new ones is rather pointless since the companies paying for them won't be able to recoup the costs. Neither of these things helps you at all.
    The 'upside' is that all traffic will be equal, so when a Netflix comes out with a new show everyone wants to watch we'll be waiting in queue or watching degraded quality because Netflix traffic has to be given the same priority as every other website regardless of whether they have any traffic. Maybe this makes you feel good, but it doesn't have any real benefit for anyone. We are not going to have an internet where everything is slow except the services that pay extra for speed.

    If the net is not regulated as utility then ISPs will charge companies like Netflix a fee to ensure faster service. Your netflix fee might go up, but you'll be able to watch what you want when you want it. The downside is the internet isn't 'equal' for everyone and some people will be able to complain about favors to big business etc.

    The 2nd option is probably cheaper for you. Netflix has competition for your dollar where the cable companies don't so Netflix will be more reluctant to raise rates. And Netflix is $8, so raising it $2/month is a lot comparatively, while the ISP fee could easily be $5-$10.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2015
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  8. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    No, it won't. I always tell the net neuts that what they have in mind and what the regulators have in mind are two separate things. Regulation in no way will make the internet better because regulations that make the public utilities possible in no way have helped those industries.
  9. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Obamacare, again.
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,183

    No kidding... if anyone is confused on this go read about the state of the electric grid in the US. It's old, falling apart, and extremely wasteful. the more you learn about how poor of shape it's in, the more you'll be surprised the lights stay on at all. The 2013 infrastructure report card (which probably isn't official at all for all I know) gave the power grid a D+.

    Considering how less essential internet is than electricity, it would probably get even less attention.
    cmbjive likes this.
  11. OnCorp

    OnCorp TS Rookie

    This is insane, how many government takeovers do we need to see before the public starts throwing rotten fruit at every politician that suggests such a thing.

    To "prioritize" packets, it is likely they will have to look at each packet... which gives them the power to shut down things like bittorrent, bitcoin or whatever else they don't APPROVE.
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,495   +3,496

    Relevant article on the regulation of data: http://www.netcompetition.org/congr...roadband-for-google-entire-internet-ecosystem

    But it's all good. Because equality.

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