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FCC Says Wireless Providers Need to Offer 'Open Internet'

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Sep 21, 2009, 8:52 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Sep 21, 2009, 10:33 AM

This morning chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Julius Genachowski spoke about new rules that the agency is considering. Among them, Genachowski said that wireless internet providers should not be allowed to block certain types of content or services from transiting their networks. He noted that wireless providers should have to abide by the same rules that apply to wired broadband providers in providing unrestricted access to content and services. Genachowski proposed that six new rules be adopted. Four of the rules were proposed five years ago by then-FCC Chairman Powell. Rules five and six are being put forth by Genachowski. They state that internet service providers cannot discriminate against any sort of traffic, nor give better service to others, and that the providers need to be transparent about their network management techniques.

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stevelvl

Sep 21, 2009, 3:00 PM

Will the FCC remove all bandwidth restrictions?

Will the FCC remove all bandwidth restrictions?

The answer is no. Now some of you may be asking what this has to do with something? The reason carriers block certain internet applications is due to the amount of bandwidth they utilize. With the amount of bandwidth currently available on each block of spectrum it only allows for so much data to be transmitted. So if this goes through you could theatrically see 10% of the users using 90% of the bandwidth.
I have no sympathy for the cell phone companies and I work for them. They have been dragging their feet on rolling out new technology. Why? Because they make a ton of money off people going over their bandwidth caps. Same thing with the cable comp...
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murmermer

Sep 21, 2009, 10:56 AM

Great, but needs clarification.

So its wrong for a person to Pirate music, but the internet providers HAVE to let you do it?

its wrong to have a website that steals credit card/social security numbers but internet providers HAVE to let you go to the site?

These are the kind of loopholes the government is supposed to think about BEFORE creating rules...

Don't get me wrong I really excited about Slingbox on my iPhone but I'm kinda pissed the government wants to put me at risk.
How is the government putting you at risk? Its your job to protect yourself and be smart in your web browsing. Its common sense, which most people fail to use. There are tools out there that are common knowledge that will do a lot to protect you.
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It sounds like the old "Guns don't kill people. People kill people..." argument to me. Basically, we are not able to deny access to a tool simply because it might be used for illegal purposes because it has purposes which are perfectly legal.
murmermer said:
These are the kind of loopholes the government is supposed to think about BEFORE creating rules... Crying or Very sad

Don't get me wrong I really excited about Slingbox on my iPhone but I'm kinda pissed the government wants
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CellStudent

Sep 22, 2009, 2:22 PM

Prices will go up

Under a net-neutral access policy rates for wireless data in America will have to change. I think that's a good thing. It means that rates for extremely heavy users will go up, carriers will have to start relying on femtocell and Wi-Fi deployments to offload network traffic whenever possible, and it may even be likely that minimum data plan requirements will drop in price because the people who only use their handhelds for non-streaming traffic will get a break compared to all the torrenters out there.

This is a GREAT move by the FCC. "Unlimited" needs to die so that low-end users can get more affordable data rates in an open market.
stevelvl

Sep 21, 2009, 3:09 PM

Goodbye 20$ data plan, hello 80$ data plan.

Most programs are blocked by companies because they require huge chunks of the bandwidth. Take streaming video for example or torrent services. All of those take huge chunks of bandwidth. By allowing an “open internet” one of 3 things will happen.

1 a limit to the amount of data you can use each month with hefty overage.

2 the mobile internet will get really slow because people can now do any thing they want on it stream music of video or download songs of movies to there mobile devices.

3 The price of service will drastically increase. This will be because companies like Sprint Verizon and ATT will have to run more data lines to there over 200,000 + cell sites. This way every ones internet can still keep up to speed.
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Good points to consider. However, without NN companies would start capping data and possibly introduce "tier" pricing (paying extra money to visit certain sites) Time Warner has already talked about doing this and wireless companies are ALREADY jackin...
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And people will stop paying for it....


That simple......

If they CANT get to the sites they want to go to , for a price that is with in reason.....


They will not pay for it....
stevelvl said:
Most programs are blocked by companies because they require huge chunks of the bandwidth. Take streaming video for example or torrent services. All of those take huge chunks of bandwidth. By allowing an “open i
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Sprint sold its towers to some other company. I cant remember the name but it was on phonescoop. They no longer maintenance their towers. So that will be left up to them and their budget. Sprint was two steps ahead of the game. Wink
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ccanady

Sep 21, 2009, 10:49 AM

Verizon and sling media

So I guess this means nbc.com on Verizon's network should open up and now Sling media can make their product work with Verizon's phone even if it does not have wifi
This is bad news for the wireless industry! Wireless company's block certain things on there services to help protect the integrity's of there services. With out these blocks there goes speed and reliability! Take AT and T and the Iphone they cant sup...
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japhy

Sep 21, 2009, 9:46 AM

Huzzah for Net Neutrality!

Very Happy
I'm assuming this sounds great, but with the document being so general and not specific enough I wont jump the gun and say its great.
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