Net Neutrality Under ATTACK

Tech and Science News: Net Neutrality Under ATTACK

We thought net neutrality had been won, but it may be thrown out in less than a month so your ISP can get in on the microtransaction game. Hey, it's working so well for EA and Star Wars, who can blame them?

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  • RobFacchini FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    So Net Neutrality is pretty much dead in water right?

  • aidendakana FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    This is bad all around. Personally I am A-political/Neutral to all politics. However, working in the IT field I know this is just bad. Cable and Telephone, especially in rural America, are bad with horrible customer service and worse local tech support.


    In many places you have only one or 2 ISP's to work with i a local area, however, you may end up living at the end of a street with one other house on that street and unless you want to spend $10,000 to have the line brought down to you (recent quote one of my Clients was given from a major Cable ISP to bring a line .2 of a mile), you will be watching your Netflix or Roosterteeth on your Cell, at the local library or at the McDonald in the next town over. 


    This in fact is a situation I deal with often in my work. Another thing may be that a family might be able to get internet but the infrastructure may only accommodate 1 mbps because again there are not enough people in your surrounding street/ area to accommodate this. 


    In one area I have assisted people, b/c of terrain (Trees) they can't get a Even a Cell signal to be able to give them access there. now I'm estimating here but I would say 500 homes or better do not even have service with Cellular signal. it's about an area of 6-8 Square miles. They have really only one choice for internet and that's a really bad service from the local Telephone service. 


    Because of shady thing like what Gus mentioned that go against those rules (like not releasing blocks of Telephone numbers) the local Phone company has kept or ran out all other competition in the are of typical DSL and ADSL services as well as telephone service, which by the way is the principle reason why Telecoms were added to the Title II to prevent the Bell Monopoly. https://transition.fcc.gov/Reports/1934new.pdf

    However it comes down to how much money you can afford to fight these things and often Rural communities and small companies do not have the finances to support the needed legal fees to and the legal limbo of years to fight. Even though that was the very intent of Title II rights.


    This was revamped (and could be again) in 1996 yes 21 Years ago, https://www.fs.fed.us/specialuses/commsites/documents/pl-104-104.pdf, however, "arcane" those rules may seem to be, rules are needed to prevent discrimination and Monopoly of larger companies. Anarchy and Chaos never fix themselves, even Nature has laws and rules! Whether Title II or another medium rules need to be in place to keep a fair market and to help economic growth, freedom of Speech and Creative discussion to allow for the net to grow and develop.

    • RiverRunning

      3 weeks ago

      In my local area I can only get phone broadband and not cable broadband because the phoneline monopoly that is BT claims that digging the street up for cable would damage the local historical area.... except they've dug it up at least once every six months that heve been here!!! (We live in a Historical conservation zone)... i.e. companies will use anything they can to maintain monopolies - *ssh*ts :(

  • TomOneil FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Please don't screw this up. If America does it, Australia will follow. 

  • freemonthsforlife6

    4 weeks ago


  • AFalconer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    cos we all trust business to treat us fairly and not screw us over at the first opportunity right? no? thought not

  • powerati FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    *facepalms*

  • shmanel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    All part of the plan to Make America Great.