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FCC Repeals 'Net Neutrality'

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1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 2:46:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
After a brief security evacuation, U.S. telecom regulators have voted to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which restrict the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps.

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1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 2:54:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is not a partisan issue. It's just bad for everyone except telecom companies.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 2:54:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's okay. It's still gonna be fought.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 2:57:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thanks big brother.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:05:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I bet this leads to us no longer having access to yt
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:06:45 PM EST (GMT-5)

1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:21:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like how they're just slowly trying to turn us into an authoritarian country. And I love how so many people are just fine and dandy with that because hey! Their team is winning now! Yayy!
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:22:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
But I thought that was the party of muh freedoms!
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:25:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
B-But I thought they were supposed to drain the swamp?!
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:30:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 12/14/17 - 2:54:58 PM Kraken wrote:
It's okay. It's still gonna be fought.

Time to call congressional reps and senators, and that means EVERYbody.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:33:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
If you're like me and hate being on the phone, you can text "RESIST" to 50409.
Helps you write a letter to any representative.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:35:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
You can do that, but nothing works like flooding the offices with phone calls (that's not my opinion - it comes straight from staffers).

Even if you're sure your reps/senators support Net Neutrality, you should still call. Just because they support it doesn't mean they'll be motivated to *act* on that support if they don't hear from a lot of constituents and understand that people care a lot about it.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:40:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, I'm sure there have been lawyers waiting in the wings to file cases.

There needs to be an update to the telecommunications act. The last update was 1996. Before that, the last major update was 1934. With the rapid innovation in this space, we can't afford to wait 21 years between updates. It's ridiculous.

There should be a requirement to revisit this topic every 10 years, but I'd want to see it revisited every 5.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:46:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why revisit it at all? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:49:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm saying we shouldn't wait on the courts, though. Congress can vote to overturn this via the Congressional Review Act, but they have a limited window in which to do that.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:50:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:46:33 PM Noldor wrote:
Why revisit it at all? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

...because telecommunications in 2017 looks a lot different than it did it 1996, or 1934. This is dumb, even for you.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:50:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
PayPal founder and Facebook investor Peter Thiel in 2011, "Net neutrality has not been necessary to date. I don't see any reason why it's suddenly become important, when the Internet has functioned quite well for the past 15 years without it. ... Government attempts to regulate technology have been extraordinarily counterproductive in the past."
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:51:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Quick question for you Noldor. Without looking it up, explain in your own words what "Net Neutrality" means.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:54:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Government controling isps ... boom
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:54:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
In a nutshell
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:55:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Do you believe that the 1934 act could anticipate the changes in telecommunication and properly regulate telecommunication in 1996?

Why revisit taxes like we are now? If it's not broke don't fix it.

Obviously, the reason is that people have very ideas of what constitutes "broken".

I'm not saying it needs to change every five or ten years, but it is reasonable to see where the reality is vs what the expectation was at the time the law was passed. Then it could be evaluated to see "if it's broke" at that current time.
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:56:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:54:01 PM Noldor wrote:
Government controling isps ... boom


1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:59:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
And your definition?
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 3:59:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
This'll be good
1 month ago - Thursday 12/14/17 - 4:02:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's the principle that all internet traffic is treated equally. No throttling speeds for content from certain sources, and "fast-tracking" content from other sources. No differentiation in pricing for certain types of content (or sources of content).

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