Windows 10: FCC approves Net Neutrality rules

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       27 Feb 2015 #41

    The FCC's net neutrality rules: 5 things you need to know



    The FCC's net neutrality rules: 5 things you need to know | PCWorld
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  2.    27 Feb 2015 #42

    This one will be a doozy in court action, which will come fast and furious--if ever there was a case of government overreach, this is surely it. First, the FCC is going to have to explain why it had already classified the Internet as an "Information Service" but now has reached the brilliant conclusion that the Internet is not really an "Information Service" after all (the FCC lied the first time?), but a telephone carrier company of the kind that the original Title II rules were created for--Ma Bell, etc. (Title II supported the government's right to make AT&T the legal long-distance monopoly in the country for decades, until a Federal judge declared the whole thing unconstitutional and dissolved the government's monopoly. Long distance phone service did not advance in the US until the government's monopoly was broken up and long-distance was deregulated in the '80's.) It should be very entertaining to watch the FCC--well, the three Democrat members of the FCC, anyway--explain all of the contradictions and misapplications of Title II to "the Internet." The FCC seems so stupid that it doesn't understand that no one company controls the Internet--the servers that people visit while on the Internet do not belong to the ISPs, but are all independently owned, etc. Grab your popcorn and prepare for a show...
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       27 Feb 2015 #43

    waltc said: View Post
    The FCC seems so stupid that it doesn't understand that no one company controls the Internet--the servers that people visit while on the Internet do not belong to the ISPs, but are all independently owned, etc. Grab your popcorn and prepare for a show...
    That is the entire point of the exercise.

    It's to prevent the ISPs from saying, "we don't like how much traffic waltc's server generates/receives, so we'll throttle his service until he coughs up more cash."
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  4.    27 Feb 2015 #44

    waltc said: View Post
    This one will be a doozy in court action, which will come fast and furious--if ever there was a case of government overreach, this is surely it. First, the FCC is going to have to explain why it had already classified the Internet as an "Information Service" but now has reached the brilliant conclusion that the Internet is not really an "Information Service" after all (the FCC lied the first time?), but a telephone carrier company of the kind that the original Title II rules were created for--Ma Bell, etc.
    No, it's common carrier of the type all communications services are, not just the original AT&T (or ma bell). This includes Verizon, Sprint, etc.. almost all existing major ISP's are already common carriers anyways. Reclassifying something is not saying they "lied", it's that conditions have changed. Whereas previously it was ruled one way, it is now ruled another.

    waltc said: View Post
    (Title II supported the government's right to make AT&T the legal long-distance monopoly in the country for decades, until a Federal judge declared the whole thing unconstitutional and dissolved the government's monopoly. Long distance phone service did not advance in the US until the government's monopoly was broken up and long-distance was deregulated in the '80's.)
    This is a common misconception. The fact is, AT&T *wanted* to be broken up, and in fact it was AT&T that sought legal action to be broken up. They wanted to be able to compete in other markets they were being barred from competing in, and they wanted to divest themselves of local CLEC's because they were money sinks.

    It's a common fantasy that anti-monopoly heroes brought down the big phone company monopoly, when in fact it's the exact opposite. The monopoly itself wanted less regulation, so they demanded to be broken up (which they couldn't legally do themselves).

    Regardless, Title II was extensively modified over the years since 1934. In fact, the largest such modification occurred in 1996, and one of the key things that legislation did was repeal the 1982 consent decree with AT&T that allowed the breakup. It treated video content over phone wires to be considered common carrier equivalent as well.

    waltc said: View Post
    It should be very entertaining to watch the FCC--well, the three Democrat members of the FCC, anyway--explain all of the contradictions and misapplications of Title II to "the Internet." The FCC seems so stupid that it doesn't understand that no one company controls the Internet--the servers that people visit while on the Internet do not belong to the ISPs, but are all independently owned, etc. Grab your popcorn and prepare for a show...
    You do understand that one company hasn't own the phone handsets either since 1982. That's basically the equivalent. "The internet" isn't what's being regulated. Broadband is, which is a very specific set of services provided by communications companies, ie. The bandwidth.
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  5.    27 Feb 2015 #45

    Thanks to all for a very interesting read. . .
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       02 Mar 2015 #46

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    It's sure not that way in the u.s. that I've ever seen happen,
    Personally dsl is as fast as u-verse which is still dsl with a different modem but allot more expensive,
    If at&t had it's way I'd be paying 180.u.s a month instead of 102.60 for t.v. and internet.
    Then you get into the cell silliness which a meager 200mb was like 80.us
    I can't even talk to Comcast but they are about the same 180.00.
    I have actually just got off the phone with BT, my broadband contract was about to end so i renewed it for 12 months, it means i carry on getting everything as normal but for 5 less each month
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       02 Mar 2015 #47

    JDobbsy1987 said: View Post
    I have actually just got off the phone with BT, my broadband contract was about to end so i renewed it for 12 months, it means i carry on getting everything as normal but for 5 less each month
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       02 Mar 2015 #48

    I wondered what was coming

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       02 Mar 2015 #49

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    It's sure not that way in the u.s. that I've ever seen happen,
    Personally dsl is as fast as u-verse which is still dsl with a different modem but allot more expensive,
    If at&t had it's way I'd be paying 180.u.s a month instead of 102.60 for t.v. and internet.
    Then you get into the cell silliness which a meager 200mb was like 80.us
    I can't even talk to Comcast but they are about the same 180.00.
    No dsl is not just fast a U-verse . U-verse is actually faster because when you order it is still slower then comcast, they replace your phone lines up to your house or box with fiber at no charge. You can get lower speeds a lot cheaper that what you are paying. I will be paying 29.95 for 3 mpbs speed from Comcast. For $19.95 from At&t I could get U-verse at 1.5 mpbs from AT&T for a year, after year it would be 25.00. You will also have to buy a modem for $100 from A&TT. You can rent a modem from Comcast for $10 a month.
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  10.    03 Mar 2015 #50

    This topic was taken down at Seven forums to which I had commented and I don't know what comments brought the thread down so I'll just make one point here. Both the intended and unintended consequences of any government act are usually not known by the people at the time of the act being passed. Case in point would be the federal income tax legislation of 1913. Proponents of that legislation did not believe the tax would raise significant revenues, nor that it would become the dominant source of revenue and government growth that it's become. At least those were the things said at the time by proponents of the income tax. Of course Congressman Cordell Hull did want to make certain that the tax would be accessible in time of war, which would prove pretty useful four years later, and ever since. The three Commissioners that voted for these rules were holding hands, invoking James Madison, and calling it an "historic day." I think they know what they are about, even if most of the public does not.

    Bear in mind that my comment is not anti-government, but rather pro-transparent government and that is something the people simply have rarely gotten because of the hidden agendas of those in government. Nor should my comments be taken as to absolve certain corporations as I readily agree with Adam Smith who said of monopolists, "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."
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