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Wheeler's net neutrality plan gets FCC green light, proposal now open for public comments

By Himanshu Arora ยท 9 replies
May 16, 2014
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  1. The Federal Communications Commission yesterday publicly released its proposed net neutrality framework after it passed with a 3-2 vote. It is now open for formal public comments for the next four months.

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  2. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,748   +647

  3. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    How many of you like your old telephone service? Better yet, how many of you like the way your electricity and water services are delivered to your home? If you like that type of service and technology go ahead and send your comments to the FCC stating that you would like your internet regulated like a utility.
  4. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 987   +422

    In a monopoly like fashion with prices that I don't like and services that I don't like? No thank you.
  5. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,748   +647

    I have to agree - no thank you - to the current scheme.

    The only way that the current "ISPs" have gotten where they are is through abuse of outdated and antiquated telco laws from 100 or more years ago. In my opinion, that kind of abuse should not be tolerated. At the very least, laws should be updated so that the monopolies that exist are no longer lawful.

    As well, I see the letter that the TW, Comcast, and other "ISPs" sent to the FCC as their attempt to bully their way to the top. Is no way could what we have in the US be considered "free market."
  6. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Yeah, that explains Google's Gigabit service and Comcast trying to follow suit.

    Also, the telco laws were passed by the Congress, not by the telco (AT&T). You again want the FCC, which was birthed to handle telco law, to regulate ISPs as though they are telcos. You can't have it both ways: Either you want a deregulated marketplace for the internet (I would argue we do have it with Gigabit, cable, broadband, and wireless all competing for consumers), or you want a regulated marketplace where only a handful of telcos will be responsible for delivering bandwidth.

  7. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,366   +67

    We have aggregate electric companies here in Illinois that compete in a regulated market.
  8. The network of the internet is similar to many other networks in life. Also similarly those other networks surely have high demand customers and low demand customers.

    Let's take an example the shipping business in the U.S. where few shipping companies handle shipments across the nation. Some business ship a lot of products to customers making more money than the shipping company. The question is: Should the shipping company charge the business more for using their services more? This concept applies not only to the internet. It applies to many other networks in real life.

    If the FCC fails to address this matter properly, what will happen next? Some business ship few expensive products to customers making more money than the shipping company itself... are shipping companies happy about that? maybe they will invade the privacy of shipments and charge more for shipping expensive products?

  9. Axle Greese

    Axle Greese TS Enthusiast Posts: 31

    The internet is not a public utility where the network is privately owned and the term "Open Internet" makes no sense at all. The Internet was never closed...

    Over the past 21 years that I've had internet access I've seen the Internet expand exponentially to reach people all over the world with the profit motive being the primary driver. So I would have thought keeping the government's bureaucratic and easily bought hands off it is in our best interest. There's been a phenomenal advancement from when I began which was with a 2400 baud modem, $10 per MB for files downloaded from overseas, and UseNet being the only international forum to which I had access. No government regulation got me what I have now. The internet is more open than ever before, so I would prefer that not only the US government, but all governments, just f*ck off if that's ok with you guys.

    BTW, sorry if this is a double-post but the first went >nil from where I'm sitting.
  10. The INTERNET has always been a monopoly. Providers, ISPs, have been granted cable and right-of-ways to access property and use city land to run their cables. These agreements have always favored one company over 3rd parties. Comcast is a MONOPOLY in most of their markets, as is Verizon Fios, and AT&T services. They ALSO have MONOPOLIES on the WIFI you people keep saying is Open Access, it IS NOT. They PAY city's and Federal agency's FORTUNES to obtain those monopolies on right-of-way access and radio frequency rights.

    The current system is NOT open market, that is why prices are so high and getting higher and service is so poor and getting poorer in this country. These companies and their lobbies have a LOCK on the industry, there currently is no competition. I have had internet access BEFORE it was open to the public and service has constantly gone up in cost for less and less access.

    As for google they have been quietly buying up MONOPOLIES in various cities to provide their advertising paid services for cost in cities that larger companies abandoned for more lucrative markets. Not trying to compete with the likes of Verizon and AT&T.

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