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New Net Neutrality Rules

Macdailynews.com quoting The Wall Street Journal:

The Federal Communications Commission plans to put forth its new rules on Thursday. The proposal marks the FCC’s third attempt at enforcing ‘net neutrality’ – the concept that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

The only people who don’t want this are the ones running the ISPs. They want to charge both the content providers and the content consumers for the use go their dumb pipes.

The Federal Communications Commission plans to put forth its new rules on Thursday…

Developed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the proposal is an effort to prevent broadband Internet providers such as Comcast Corp., Verizon Communications Inc., and Time Warner Cable from blocking or slowing down individual websites served up to the consumer…

“The idea is that consumers should be able to access whatever content they choose, not the content chosen by the broadband provider,” (Gautham) Nagesh reports. “But it would also allow providers to give preferential treatment to traffic from some content providers, as long as such arrangements are available on ‘commercially reasonable’ terms for all interested content companies. Whether the terms are commercially reasonable would be decided by the FCC on a case-by-case basis.”

How can it be “neutral” if some entities can buy their way into faster/better access? It’s only neutral to the highest bidders. This bodes VERY poorly for the rest of us. I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that the internet has completely changed our society. We have almost limitless and instantaneous information and communication now. If the ISPs are allowed to be the gatekeepers of the internet (and sell their access to highest bidders), the potential for abuse is incalculable.

Internet access needs to be brought under the umbrella of a Public Utilities commission like electricity providers. Now.

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