- The FCC just killed net neutrality (theverge.com)
- Net Neutrality Overturned (nytimes.com)
- The FCC has reversed a 2015 rule that could change how you access and pay for internet service (cnbc.com)
The Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back U.S. laws designed to ensure a free and open internet, a controversial but expected decision that critics say hands control of web traffic to a small number of billion-dollar companies.
The five-member panel voted three votes to two to roll back rules implemented in 2015 under then-president Barack Obama aimed at ensuring internet service providers have to treat all data equally along their networks, a principle known as net neutrality.
- C-SPAN live feed
- Politico live stream
- Business Insider live updates
FCC literally LAUGHING at the millions of comments of people pleading to save Net Neutrality.
- “Give me Net Neutrality or give me Death!”
- “You caused this. By allowing The_Donald to fester and promote that disgusting lunatic, you helped put Pai in as the commissioner of the FCC and helped destroy the internet.”
- “Someone please assassinate ajit pai. For the sake of the future of human rights.”
The Simpsons predicted Disney buying Fox in 1998
It’s a mediaopoly
No_Man_Rules_AloneVirginia: Uh is anyone else following the stocke market its falling like trumps poll numbers
WiseChoices: Too much power in the hands of a few. Terrifying.
Maverick721Kansas: We’ll, Democrats doesn’t have to worry about voters turn out now, I promise you that.
nycola: Thanks Trump
- Republican Senator to Ajit Pai: Ending Net Neutrality ‘Would Cause Immediate Harm’(motherboard.vice.com)
- Republican Sen. Susan Collins is calling on the FCC to cancel the net neutrality vote (businessinsider.com)
- Dem FCC commissioner: Net neutrality repeal shows ‘contempt’ for citizens who speak up (thehill.com)
- Remember when Comcast was charging Netflix for access to its customers. The US public does. FCC does not. (washingtonpost.com)
- New York AG to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal (thehill.com)
- Leaked E-mail Shows Even The FCC’s Own CTO Thinks Gutting Net Neutrality Harms The Public (techdirt.com)
More than 100 Million Americans Can Only Get Internet Service from Companies That Have Violated Net Neutrality
Roughly 50 million are limited to a company that has violated net neutrality in some way. Of Americans who do have more than one option, 50 million of them are left choosing between two companies that have both got shady behavior on their records, from blocking certain access to actively campaigning against net neutrality.
Guess only this guy has all the answers …
Is there hope still?
The test for whether a proposed rule or regulation by a Federal Agency is permissible is whether the Agency instituted that new regulation in an “arbitrary or capricious” way. That’s why the notice and public comment period is so important in administrative law. A reviewing court needs to make sure that any new Agency rules are not simply created on the whim of those Agencies’ boards, but rather are the result of careful research. This arbitrary and capricious standard applies to decisions by Agencies to enact new regulations as well as decisions to rescind existing regulations (Motor Vehicles Manufacturers Association v. State Farm, 463 U.S. 29 (1983)).
The court that reviews decisions by major agencies like the FCC is almost always the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Presently, of the 11 current (non-senior) justices on the DC Circuit, 7 were appointed either by Obama or Clinton. It is not a conservative court.
Since the notice and public comment period in Agency procedure is so important for the reasons above, it’s very likely that the liberal DC Circuit (Chief Justice Merrick Garland, remember him?) would find that the rampant use of bots and fraudulent commenting in that period provide substantial evidence that the actions of the FCC in rescinding Net Neutrality rules were arbitrary and capricious. This isn’t over.
Now that net neutrality is dead, can we turn our focus to breaking up some of the most hated monopolies in the country (aka Comcast/TWC/et al)?
Why do people want net neutrality: so we have more & better options as consumers instead of artificially chosen winners & losers.
When we had net neutrality was it enforced, or was the US govt picking winners & losers. Answer: we never had a properly enforced net neutrality. The govt was still picking winners & losers https://www.theverge.com/2016/1/19/10794288/netflix-t-mobile-binge-on-net-neutrality-zero-rating
What would breaking up monopolies/duopolies like Comcast & TWC do: it would create more & better options for consumers.
We decided to break up Bell in ’82. Maybe we decide to breakup these ISPs in 2018.
It’s holiday seasons …
PrussianHacker: The right wing loves controlling entertainment and drugs in the name of safety
Left wing loves controlling guns in the name of safety
Both love controlling free speech and freedoms in the name of ‘safety’
That’s why if a power-grabbing law is loved by one party and opposed by the other, I’m skeptical but if it’s supported by BOTH, it means we are really in trouble – like the Iraq war and the Patriot act.
SoCo_cpp: No roll of “Net Neutrality” wrapping?