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The FCC vote to kill net neutrality arrives next month

By midian182 ยท 11 replies
Nov 16, 2017
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  1. While most of us are looking forward to Christmas next month, December might not be such a merry time for net neutrality advocates. Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, plans to hold a final vote on December 14 that will likely kill off all or most of the rules that disallow the blocking or throttling of web content.

    Back in May, the FCC voted 2-1 to withdraw the 2015 Open Internet Order that reclassified internet service providers as public utilities. Next month’s meeting will decide the extent of that reversal. Bloomberg’s sources say Pai may call for all of the rules to be abandoned except for the parts that require internet service providers inform customers about their practices.

    Pia’s draft order of the net neutrality-killing plans is set to be rolled out to the commission the day before Thanksgiving, with the final vote arriving just over three weeks later.

    If Pai’s plans come to pass, and it seems that they almost certainly will, ISPs could slow down certain sites and create “prioritized access,” or internet fast lanes, where edge service providers (Netflix, YouTube, etc.) pay for priority traffic.

    July saw companies such as Amazon, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Vimeo, and Etsy join forces with hundreds of organizations for a ‘Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.’ But the protest doesn't appear to have changed Pai's mind.

    Despite the massive amount of criticism directed at him by consumers, the US Senate reconfirmed Pai as FCC chairman last month. The vote granted him a new five-year term that started retroactively on July 1, 2016.

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  2. dirtyferret

    dirtyferret TS Guru Posts: 459   +480

    Ajit is a turd as big as Trump. Bought and paid for by lobbyist looking out for their interest not ours.
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +1,098

    While I don't disagree, is there anyone in a position of power in Washington who isn't?
    jobeard, Reehahs and wiyosaya like this.
  4. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 759   +509

    From the White House fact sheet on vulnerabilities and gov't handling of:
    " The Administration is committed to a free, open, interoperable global internet"
    yet the Senate gave Pai another 5 years after seeing what he did in his first term? What does he do for the Senators, guarantee them free passwords for porn sites?
    Reehahs and dirtyferret like this.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,295   +2,754

    The man is a total sham and should be removed .....
  6. Lucianalliance

    Lucianalliance TS Rookie

    We need a revolution like our founding fathers did to the British. And kick all the politicians out of office and wipe the law books clean and start over.
  7. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,001   +1,479

    Yet more evidence that the current power party in DC could care less what their constituents think. That the power party is even remotely supportive of the average working-class American is a fallacy that many seem to have been sold on and that the power party reneged on as soon as they were elected.

    The little guys to 45 are riff-raff.
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,001   +1,479

    More like contracts to be porn stars for life after they are voted out of office.
  9. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 512   +366

    Nobody wants this (90% of America) except the people to will gain from it (10% of America), so it's going to pass. Pathetic how bad things are getting. Big money always wins and we keep giving'em the keys.
  10. centrino207

    centrino207 TS Booster Posts: 160   +10

    Why is it always US that jumps in bed with companies like this?

    And is 50 years behinde the EU. Things like NSA and CIA spying on people and no warrent, monopoly laws, police state, police abuse, slow internet speeds compared to EU, ISP amusing people, pethadic one year warranting and major profits trying to sale you two or three year warranting.

    Police going into your phone or computer and no warrent and now this.

    ISP turning over data to police and government.

    It does not matter what party people vote for it getting worse not better.
  11. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 288   +285

    Sorry America your country is a joke.


    The World.
    treetops likes this.
  12. TheHillStaff

    TheHillStaff TS Rookie

    They COULD care less? No, because that means they DO care.

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