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FCC Officially Approves New Net Neutrality Regulations

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Feb 26, 2015, 1:12 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The FCC today voted 3-2 along party lines to implement new regulations over broadband services. The rules seek to reclassify broadband services as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which will put them under stricter government oversight. The FCC's two Republican commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O'Reilly, opposed the vote. Chairman Tom Wheeler and the two Democratic commissioners, Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn, voted in favor of the rules. The rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services on both wired and wireless networks. Wheeler believes the rules will withstand the legal attacks that are sure to come from companies such as AT&T, which has already indicated it will sue. The agency fielded more than four million comments from Americans ahead of the vote.

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Jonathanlc2005

Feb 26, 2015, 1:55 PM

I don't get it...

I don't get this whole net neutrality thing. Is it good or bad for us? Someone explain it to me please
Government control of the internet....

Gov't has their finger in damn near everything lousy in this country... you decide if it's good for you to have them involved in your internet or not
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The other commenter has one stance that's very black/white. There's a lot of grey when it comes to "Gov't in my _____". There's lots of areas where government oversight and intervention has been mutually beneficial to the consumer and the industry. So...
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Unless the rules have sneaky unnecessary bits (haven't read the whole thing, can't say), it's a good thing.

Not having this rule essentially allows billing two parties for the same thing. The carriers have all already decided to have different ser...
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It is very good for you, as it classifies the internet as a utility (and not just "for entertainment purposes only") and keeps the local monopoly carriers from doing things like selective peering arrangements, fast lanes (e.g. Verizon giving you one s...
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i don't get it, either.

Of course the internet is netural, There are no companies out there blocking certain websites or slowing down certain bandwidth hogs like Netflix and Youtube.

I suppose they passed this law with the intent of making it...
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Mark_S

Feb 26, 2015, 4:14 PM

Politics

Barry Soetoro the wannabe soft-dictator. Thank the lord for term limits.
Millions of people wrote in requesting action on this, as did almost every single tech company that depends on the internet.

How the eff is that a dictatorship?
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bluecoyote

Feb 26, 2015, 4:43 PM

Just FYI, everyone who opposed Net Neutrality was paid off by Comcast, TWC, Verizon, etc

Fact check: every Republican and 'commentator' who opposed it was bankrolled by one of the telecom companies.
That is blatant libel, which is actually illegal and can get you sued. Libel is the platform of the Democratic Party.
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Who do I gotta contact to get my check then? I never got paid Sad
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so your calling people shills because reasons? i want your sources
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So here you are rallying against net neutrality:

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/discuss.php?fm=m& ... »

Yet here you sit claiming the opposite position. Do you have anything better to do than troll a forum looking for a fight? O...
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cainthecavebear

Feb 28, 2015, 1:05 PM

Some wishful thinking going on in here...

Before you guys get too far into your socialist panty parade...

1. SCOTUS will most likely kill this. They have killed every similar attempt. It doesn't really matter how the FCC justifies their grab, the fact is that the internet is soley about information. Government has no legal authority to control that information or speech.
My prediction is a SCOTUS overturn of these regulations by a vote of 5-4.

2. A Republican President is coming. Even hardcore Dems recognize this. Just going on statistics alone, a Repub is likely. Add in the fact that even moderate Dems are looking for a change away from current government policies and it looks impossible for a Dem to win this cycle.

3. Congress is already considering defunding the FCC ent...
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>>1. SCOTUS will most likely kill this. They have killed every similar attempt.

You show how little you understand with this statement. The fact that the Supreme Court shot down previous FCC regulations is the very reason this approach was taken. M...
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tetherx

Feb 26, 2015, 3:10 PM

Finally....the American consumer wins, GREAT DAY!!!

I am a recovering Republican so before I get totally assaulted by the Fixed News, insHANITY or mega-dildo (that could be ditto I dunno?) crowd please take the time to independently read through what happened here. Cut the party line & freely think for yourselves & likely see this is a big win for consumers. I know it's preached the government "can never do anything right & shouldn't be involved in anything at all" (except constant costly, with lives & money, wars against various 3rd world countries & taxpayer-funded mega-corporate government bailouts) but I for one am very proud of the FCC. A referee on the field is exactly right & whether Obama, Romney, Reagan or Clinton were in office this is the right thing to do. The mere fact that a...
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"I know it's preached the government "can never do anything right & shouldn't be involved in anything at all" (except constant costly, with lives & money, wars against various 3rd world countries & taxpayer-funded mega-corporate government bailouts)"
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It's political because you have paid liars claiming to save us from something that doesn't exist.
And it is sad because you have non-paid nitwits promoting this agenda so they can feel important.
This is on par with black americans who vote for t...
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algorithmplus

Feb 27, 2015, 2:49 PM

Phones Migrate to VoIP

Phone service is regulated as a utility, and phone companies are migrating to VoIP with plans to discontinue traditional wirelines in lieu of VoIP on an IP backbone.

Therefore, would Net Neutrality simply be modernizing the voice utility with the transition to VoIP? I'm not saying it is likely, but with no internet regulation, it is very possible to see a headline such as "Vonage doesn't pay for priority, Verizon prevents customers from calling 911", no?
thebriang

Feb 26, 2015, 5:15 PM

Shouldnt Common Carrier mean...

that providers have to open up their pipes to competition? How awesome would that be, comcocks would lose half their subscriber base in two weeks.
Yes and then Comcast could legally close it's doors and its networks ending service for millions of customers. Good idea.
 
 
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