by Chris Black
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission ) voted (3-2 vote) on Thursday to roll back Obama era legislation that established far reaching rules regarding how ISPs (internet service providers) should treat traffic on their networks. The 2015 net neutrality legislation was one of the most important regulatory action of Barack Obama’s administration, and it required ISPs to treat all internet traffic the same, i.e. without slowing/blocking content, nor providing “discriminatory broadband” for favored services or websites.
According to the GOP, the rolling back of net-neutrality legislation is a good thing, as they seem to favor a “deregulated” internet if you like, free markets and all that, which may result in an improved experience for customers, things like more choices and lower prices, together with a faster internet.
There are voices who fear that the dismantling of the net-neutrality legislation will somehow affect the delivery of internet content to customers. For example, some major league ISPs could start offering special deals with pricing schemes set to deliver a certain type of content, but not others. For example, specific services/websites could be exempted from a mobile carrier, say Verizon or Comcast’s data caps. The man behind the new internet rules is Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who pedaled the idea that customers will benefit from more transparency, as in they’ll know exactly what they’re getting, while the FCC and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) will focus on protecting customers against deceptive and anti-competitive behaviors.
However, fans of the government controlling the internet are fearing that the change will end up with higher prices for consumers and a Balkanization of the internet.
Watching the SJW’s crying on social media about how “the interwebz will be lost forever” and Trump is to blame, obviously, it seems they believe that completely eliminating our government’s interference with the internet is the same as proactively interfering with the internet. You lefties are hilarious today.
The WEB was created and improved and has spread everywhere without the government control you leftists crave. But like a good leftist, once the goodies are created, you obsess about controlling them.
So basically, we’re back to how it was pre-2015. All this doom and gloom baffles me, the rules didn’t exist for the first TWENTY years of the internet, and everything went fine. I don’t understand what the big change in the last 2 years has been that would suddenly cause a roll-back to 2014 rules to now be apocalyptic. But I am sure you’ll explain it to me in the comments.
PS: When has the internet experience been better: the last two years or the prior decade when it was free and open?
by Chris Black