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FCC to Propose Regulating Internet Service as a Utility for Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler plans to submit a proposal that would allow the agency to regulate Internet service much like a public utility, reports The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The move would let the FCC introduce strong rules that could prevent Internet providers from creating "fast lanes" letting certain sites pay for faster speeds.
It is expected that the proposal will reclassify high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the Communications Act, according to industry analysts, lobbyists and former F.C.C. staff members.
Net neutrality, which is the principle that all data on the Internet should be treated equally, has been a major topic of discussion in recent months as the FCC in 2014 approved commercially reasonable "Open Internet" net neutrality rules that could potentially allow companies to pay for better service.

In November, President Obama urged the FCC to instead implement strong rules to protect net neutrality, following a four tenet path that would prevent ISPs from blocking or throttling Internet sites. Obama's proposal also called for the prevention of paid prioritization, keeping companies from shelling out money for faster speeds, and it suggested greater transparency between ISPs and their customers.

More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here's a big reason we've seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally. That's a principle known as "net neutrality" -- and it says that an entrepreneur's fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student's blog shouldn't be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.
Obama's call for stronger net neutrality rules caused FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to reverse course from his original plan that did allow for paid prioritization, and he is said to be aiming to submit the new proposal to FCC commissioners on Thursday. Wheeler may, however, aim for a "light-touch approach" to the plan, avoiding meddling in pricing decisions. A vote on the proposal is expected on February 26.

Apple has been working on developing its own content delivery network and has been pursuing deals with various ISPs to ensure the efficient delivery of content to customers, but it's possible these types of deals will no longer be allowed if the FCC's newest proposal is implemented.

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17 months ago
Wonderful.

Cue the outrage over communism or whatever.
Rating: 43 Votes
17 months ago
"if you like you health plan you can keep it."

i don't believe anything that spews from his mouth....
Rating: 41 Votes
17 months ago
That would be amazing if it actually happens.
Rating: 34 Votes
17 months ago

If you're going to go down that road, here we go.

My health insurance plan has not changed. It has not changed for the past 7 years. But if you'd like to discuss this, start another thread, and we'll definitely discuss it.

BL.


awww good for you, I'm sure you are happy. There isn't anything to discuss really.

Mine went up, my whole families went up, my sisters went up and a lot of self employed people i know went up. Again tell me whats to discuss? exactly....
Rating: 29 Votes
17 months ago
While I like the idea, I fear that we'll not only face higher rates, but that the gov't will start taxing internet service like they do phone lines, which will add more to our bills.
Rating: 27 Votes
17 months ago
Anybody that trusts government at this point seems to me to be a bit shy of any reality genes.
Rating: 23 Votes
17 months ago
And the destruction of the internet commences.
Hope you enjoy your federal internet taxes.
Rating: 21 Votes
17 months ago
We're talking about the US gov't here...this is the same thing as the Affordable Care Act that dragged my premiums up by $15400 since the change two years ago. The gov't doesn't own the healthcare system yet...same as them not owning the internet. I don't think the costs will go up...but the freedom of the internet will definitely go down.

Some of the regulation details that haven't been publicized includes:
-VPN will be illegal unless tied to your work
-Your internet will be controlled via a "whitelist" or "blacklist" approved by the net neutrality act.


What is the main argument for this? "Free internet"...this does not mean it will cost nothing, not about $0 a month internet, but rather freedom of information as controlled by regulations...doesn't seem so free to me. The gov't is saying our access to information is being limited and distorted and bandwidth controlled, so they will filter all information for us because the government is trustworthy.

One big example: Comcast limiting Netflix bandwidth until Netflix pays Comcast extra to deliver service. Welcome to the free market. 2 solutions: don't use Comcast, or use a VPN which tunnels Netflix.



As with the ACA, there are ups and downs to this...but by regulating the internet, you are restricting the internet...you are giving powers to those who regulate it...that is not freedom.
Rating: 21 Votes
17 months ago

And the destruction of the internet commences.
Hope you enjoy your federal internet taxes.


How will it lead to the destruction of the internet? All data being treated the same is exactly how it's been administrated for the last 30 odd years!
Rating: 19 Votes
17 months ago

Not for nothing, but are you employed, and has your employer-sponsored health plan changed?

If it hasn't, your statement holds no water.

But don't let me go down the health insurance road again, as I have plenty to say on that; not only has it been discussed before, but is offtopic for this thread.

BL.


I'm self employed so my comment holds plenty of water.

You may not like what I have to say but you must acknowledge those comments were made several times and on all accounts were not true. I'm sure it has been discussed before and for damn good reason, but I already said my peace in my 1st comment.
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