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#1 Kobe-Wan Kenobi

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Posted May 17, 2014 - 01:23 AM

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor of advancing a proposal that could dramatically reshape the way consumers experience the Internet, opening the possibility of Internet service providers charging Web sites for higher-quality delivery of their content to American consumers.

The plan, approved in a three-to-two vote along party lines, could unleash a new economy on the Web where an Internet service provider such as Verizon would charge a Web site such as Netflix for faster video streaming. The proposal would, though, prohibit telecom firms from outright blocking Web sites.

The plan is not a final rule, but the vote on Thursday is a significant step forward on a controversial idea that has invited fierce opposition from consumer advocates, Silicon Valley heavyweights, and Democratic lawmakers. The FCC will now open the proposal to a total 120 days of public comment. Final rules, aimed for the end of the year, could be rewritten after the agency reviews the public comments.

Critics of the plan, as it stands now, worry that it would mark the end of net neutrality, the principle that says that all content online should be treated equally by Internet service providers.

 

  • The FCC voted 3-2 to take the next step toward adopting a new proposal on net neutrality. A public comment period is now open.

  • The proposal would leave the door open for companies to strike deals that would prioritize some Internet traffic over others, but any such deal would be subject to scrutiny by the FCC.

  • The process isn't over — after the public comment period, the FCC will write a final set of rules and vote on them.

 

 

FCC approves plan to consider paid priority on Internet

 

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Obama Backs Away From Net Neutrality Campaign Promises After FCC Vote

 

This is outrageous.



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Posted May 17, 2014 - 10:17 AM

This is exactly why I never trusted the FCC to uphold net neutrality from the start. People trusted the FCC to prevent internet fast lanes and what do you know? The FCC is paving the way for internet fast lanes. The government needs to be 100% divorced from regulating the internet, even in the name of net neutrality. More effective solutions are consumer information, education, and voluntary cooperation. That is what has made the internet great.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 10:35 AM

^ Exactly.

 

Nobody has the right to regulate the Internet, certainly not the government.

The Internet was born free and will always live free.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 10:50 AM

I've been keeping a eye on this. Hopefully it doesn't move any further along


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 10:58 AM

^ It won't if people pay attention to it. Just like SOPA, PIPA and ACTA.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 11:05 AM

This is BS. The internet is a public utility.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 09:53 PM

^ It won't if people pay attention to it. Just like SOPA, PIPA and ACTA.

 

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The FCC is taking public comments on their proposal.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 10:02 PM

I think it won't go through. Pretty much every person who ok's this is committing political suicide. Especially if it creates a noticeable difference in peoples lives. 



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Posted May 19, 2014 - 12:20 PM

I think it's crazy how they're even thinking siding against what literally everyone in the public wants. 







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