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FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Permits Blocking and Throttling

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Jan 4, 2018, 6:31 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The FCC today released the text of its plan to reverse Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The FCC contends that the rules stifled innovation and investment in wired and wireless broadband. Under the terms of the order, the FCC seeks to reclassify broadband internet access as a service under Title I of the Communications Act, as well as reinstate mobile broadband as a private mobile service. Under current law, broadband is classified under Title II as a utility. The new order returns oversight powers to the Federal Trade Commission, which the FCC believes will be able to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive, and anticompetitive practices. The order requires that ISPs disclose the details concerning their business practices to consumers, particularly with respect to any blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, or affiliated prioritization. The FCC believes that transparency — rather than any sort of legal framework — will provide enough impetus for broadband providers to act in good faith. The rules will go into effect once approved by the Office of Management and Budget. The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines. Chairman Pai and Commissioners Carr and O'Reilly published statements in support of the new order, while Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel issued stinging rebukes. "As a result of today‚Äôs misguided action, our broadband providers will get extraordinary new power from this agency," commented Rosenworcel. "They will have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content. They will have the right to discriminate and favor the internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road. This is not good. Not good for consumers. Not good for businesses. Not good for anyone who connects and creates online."



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Jan 7, 2018, 11:16 PM

Thanks Trump!

Thanks to you we are unleashing another wave of telecom innovation just like we had prior to the last SOCIALIST administration.

Just think what this new era will bring from the industry that brought us such innovations as:
-VCast Music
-Verizon "Get It Now"
-The AT&T Quickfire
-Ringback tones
-Disabled Bluetooth File Transfer on camera phones
-BREW apps
-The LG Fusic

Jan 4, 2018, 10:03 PM

FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Permits Blocking and Throttling

If a company promises someone a certain amount of data and the violate their terms they will and can be sued..... I am sick of hearing all the cry babies who really think Net Neutrality was really protecting the little guy and the customer. When these Evil Corporations that you all scream at back something such as Net Neutrality that should tell you so much. At the end of the Day the government wanted to be able to control our lives, and also regulate something else so they can make taxes higher as they are not high enough already lol. If theses companies start screwing people over, then another company will offer to take the customers and if there is not another choice, then new companies will rise up and take the business and provide you b...
You really are ignorant, and blithely unaware of how no new businesses can or will enter a market WITHOUT government intervention. Go back and read the Telecom Act of 1996 and educate yourself on how DSL and broadband only happened when the government...
Nonesense. Building a brand new terrestrial data network with wide availability is insanely expensive and takes years if not decades.

Therefore, I think it is reasonable to lift net neutrality over wireless providers where there is a decent number ...
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