FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal a Win For Broadband Cos
The Federal Communications Commission is prepared to release a revised set of rules concerning the governance of web traffic. The proposal, which is expected to make an official appearance Thursday, would prevent broadband providers from discriminating against certain web sites and/or content, but it would also allow broadband providers to give select companies and their traffic preferential treatment. The preferential treatment must be made at "commercially reasonable" rates that are available to all content companies, according to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. The FCC would examine such arrangements to ensure that their terms are in fact favorable. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has decided not to reclassify broadband as a utility, which would give the FCC greater control over the market. Wheeler did, however, leave the possibility on the table. The FCC also wants greater transparency from broadband providers so consumers can more easily suss out details pertinent to their local service, such as speed and congestion. Last, the Journal reports that wireless broadband companies won't be subject to this proposal for now, but Wheeler is questioning if they should be allowed to make similar arrangements with content companies. Net Neutrality supporters prefer the idea that all web traffic is treated equally, with none held back or treated preferentially. The FCC's proposal won't be voted on until May, and will then require several more steps before it can become law.
FCC to Vote On Net Neutrality in February
The FCC plans to vote on rules regarding net neutrality in February. The FCC expects to circulate a final proposal of the rules in the early part of the month and vote on them during its scheduled February 26 open meeting.
Republicans to Battle FCC Broadband Plan
Republicans contend the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules are evidence that the White House has taken control of the agency and must be stopped. "The president gave a speech demanding that the FCC seize control of the Internet and treat it as a government-regulated utility," said Senator Ted Cruz, referring to President Barack Obama's November statement.
FCC Chief Says Title II Is the Way Forward for Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes both mobile and wired networks need to be regulated as utilities. In an opinion piece published by Wired, Wheeler outlined the broad strokes of his plan, which he believes will protect consumers and still promote investment in broadband.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.
Exactly how many times
If the FCC can just given itself new authority based on nothing, what's to stop other government agencies from doing the same? Who needs actual laws when agencies can just grant themselves the authority to do whatever the hell they like?
There is exactly the same amount of legal authority to regulate the Internet, as Obama has to cancel the 2016 presidential election and declare himsel...
Don't like proposal.
but it would also allow broadband providers to give select companies and their traffic preferential treatment
is what scares me the most out of all of this. So lets say ISP makes a deal with Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix that their traffic will become first class citizen that just hurt everyone else traffic on the internet from that ISP.
For example, I might want to stream youtube or Hulu but because its during peak hours and Netflix and Facebook and Twitter have all the bandwidth my connection to any other site could become so slow to be usable. I know this is an extreme case but it is what I'm scared this could happen because of greed.
ISPs can provide throughput at huge speeds, over 100 Gbps, at least where I am, and probably hugely more than that. Every single person in the area would need to ...