NET NEUTRALITY WINS?

February 26th, 2015

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I cant even remember how many times ‘net neutrality has won’ and then months later some asshole in the corporate or governmental world will sneak in a new loophole to some new legislation and obligate everyone to rally again and again. Hopefully this time the win is for real. Imagine if every 6 months Comcast was trying to renege the emancipation proclamation or something… it’s time to truly make this a final policy once and for all.

Read more about today’s development here:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/26/389259382/net-neutrality-up-for-vote-today-by-fcc-board

  • Ready2rage

    Power does what it wants

  • Zachary

    Lorin, this is what Ron Paul has to say about this and he does make a compelling argument:
    (My thoughts and questions are below)

    “Internet, RIP?
    by Ron Paul

    Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of Congress, the peoples’ branch of government – a federal agency now claims the power to regulate the Internet. I am surprised that even among civil liberties groups some claim the federal government increasing regulation of the Internet somehow increases our freedom and liberty.

    The truth is very different. The adoption of these FCC rules on the Internet represents the largest regulatory power grab in recent history. The FCC’s newly adopted rule takes the most dynamic means of communication and imposes the regulatory structure designed for public utilities. Federal regulation could also open the door to de facto censorship of ideas perceived as threatening to the political class – ideas like the troops should be brought home, the PATRIOT Act should be repealed, military spending and corporate welfare should be cut, and the Federal Reserve should be audited and ended.

    The one bright spot in this otherwise disastrous move is that federal regulations making it more difficult to use the Internet will cause more Americans to join our movement for liberty, peace, and prosperity. The federal government should keep its hands off of the Internet!”

    – Based on the new rules, ISPs can no longer get money from websites to speed them up or slow them down. It essentially makes the whole internet an HOV lane on the highway so-to-speak. So this is a good thing…….. right? But then again, does this give the FCC more power (which in turn gives the US government more power)? Ron Paul says that this is a “regulation” of the internet but it’s hard to see it as that when it’s kind of opening the door instead. He goes on to say that this could result in internet censorship by the federal government because of the new power that they (the FCC) possess. If you think back to the Patriot Act signed into law by George W Bush, everyone originally thought that was to seek out terrorist sleeper cells and bring them to justice when in reality it was/is a ploy to spy on American civilians and assist in the arrest of citizens for things definitely not related to terrorism. How can we be sure that this isn’t a Patriot Act for the internet?

    I’m not being a loony conspiracy theorist here, I am generally confused as to if this is a good thing the government has done or if this is a bad thing.