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FCC Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in Victory for Telecoms

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23 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 6:26:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/...

tl;dr, Comcast, Verizon, TWC, or whoever your ISP is will be able to throttle content from certain sources if they so choose. They will be able to charge extra if you want a home internet package that allows you to watch Netflix if they want. They will be able to hold hostage access to certain sources.

In an entirely non-partisan way, this is terrible for the free flow of information.
23 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 6:35:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
When there was an open comment period on this earlier in the year, over 22 million comments were filed, most of them opposing the change.
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/21/t...

There were also a whole bunch of anti-Net Neutrality comments filed by what appears to be bots, some of which were attributed to real people who had no knowledge of the comments.
http://jeffreyfossett.com/2017/05/1... (Jeff Fossett is a data scientist)
For example, the same exact copy/pasted anti-NN comment accounted for *38%* of the comments at the time he did this analysis.
23 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 6:47:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
To put it in terms that people might be motivated to give a damn about: call your reps and senators if you don't want to have to pay a premium rate to watch p*rn.
23 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 9:46:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
I should coin the name "boner tax" right away.
23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 2:32:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is madness

Like that it's the FCC itself trying to do this
23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 6:59:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not that crazy really. The commissioners are political appointees. Pai is actually an Obama’s appointee after a recommendation from McConnell. He’s also a former verizon lawyer.

23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 8:38:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Surely he should be swayed by the major public outcry? Does he have a response to it?
23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 8:44:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
he's only beholden to trump and trump doesn't give a sh-t
he probably doesn't even know what net neutrality means, so all they need to do is tell him it's bad and he'll believe it
23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 8:55:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's messed up
23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 8:56:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
I wonder if this is passed now it would be reversed if a better FCC chair comes in?
23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 8:56:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
Or is it going to be such a major change that practically going back to net neutrality will be too much work
23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 9:26:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
It could be reversed. There are 5 commissioners that split along party lines. Pail just got confirmed for 5 more years. I can’t see it changing back until you have a Democrat in office unless a Republican chooses to vote with the democrat commissioners. Only three of the commissioners can be from the same political party.

23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 9:49:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Congress can step in and actually pass laws that deal with technology from this century. That's why it's important to call your reps and senators on this. The FCC chair is an appointee and has no reason to bow to public pressure.

The most recent federal law about internet regulation is from the 1990s. When most people had dial-up, If they had home internet at all. It's completely insufficient to deal with the challenges of broadband, streaming, and the fact that so many people use the internet for essential functions every single day.
23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 11:04:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not surprised .I'm pretty sure the check I sent to the re election committee is a hell of a lot smaller than the AT&T sent.
23 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 11:13:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is by Eric Schneiderman, the state attorney general from NY. His office is investigating what happened during the notice & comment period, when people found that their identities were used without their knowledge to post anti-net neutrality comments. The FCC is not trying to cooperate with the investigation.

https://medium.com/@AGSchneiderman/...



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