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Texas net neutrality bill targets throttling during disasters

By onetheycallEric ยท 11 replies
Feb 9, 2019
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  1. A new bill being introduced by the Texas House of Representatives aims to make it a crime to throttle data services during disaster or emergency situations, or otherwise declared disaster areas. The proposed legislature comes in the wake of Verizon controversially throttling the data plans of firefighters working at the Santa Clara County fire department. For their part, Verizon suggested an upgraded plan. However, Verizon is no stranger to throttling services, and that was a point brought up recently when net neutrality went back to court.

    In fact, Verizon's throttling of first responders quickly became a crux during the oral arguments, with the FCC receiving sharp questioning about how throttling could affect future public safety. Hence, the state of Texas has decided to take action with their current bill, HB 1426, which doesn't further codify any of the repealed net neutrality rules -- it simply bans throttling during disasters, and no other scenarios.

    HB 1426 does join over 100 other bills aimed at resurrecting net neutrality at a state level. This was another point of contention during the recent debate, for both sides. The FCC alleges that such action is illegal, while net neutrality proponents maintain the FCC has no right to block the states from passing their own rules.

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  2. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,570   +1,928

    I think Pai is heading for a smackdown.
     
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  3. onetheycallEric

    onetheycallEric TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 59   +11

    There's hope.
     
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  4. war59312

    war59312 TS Booster Posts: 133   +12

    I keep hoping he dies from a heart attack or some other "natural" cause. ;)
     
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  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,666   +2,983

    Is Pai going to sue Texas as well?
     
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  6. onetheycallEric

    onetheycallEric TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 59   +11

    I don't put much past him these days.
     
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  7. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Guru Posts: 815   +558

    Throttling data during disasters is just plain EVIL.
     
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  8. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 544   +446

    There's no conscience in capitalism.
     
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  9. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,113   +1,535

    I expect his death will be have something to do with his Reese's mug ;P
     
  10. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,570   +1,928

    From the article, it certainly seems likely he will sue Texas. He thinks he as written into the FCC order to lift NN that no state can override his rules.
     
  11. Ryan Barrett

    Ryan Barrett TS Rookie

    Why can't we have mobsters that shakedown actual crooks. That's a nice network you got there....It'd be a shame if something was too happen to it. lol
     
  12. iamcts

    iamcts TS Addict Posts: 216   +148

    Where are the anti-NN people on this one?

    "My internet is fine during disasters. We don't need NN regulations."
     

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