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posted by janrinok on Friday December 15 2017, @08:05AM   Printer-friendly

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans' online experiences.

The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone service.

The action reversed the agency's 2015 decision, during the Obama administration, to have stronger oversight over broadband providers as Americans have migrated to the internet for most communications. It reflected the view of the Trump administration and the new F.C.C. chairman that unregulated business will eventually yield innovation and help the economy.

It will take weeks for the repeal to go into effect, so consumers will not see any of the potential changes right away. But the political and legal fight started immediately. Numerous Democrats on Capitol Hill called for a bill that would reestablish the rules, and several Democratic state attorneys general, including Eric T. Schneiderman of New York, said they would file a suit to stop the change.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by digitalaudiorock on Friday December 15 2017, @04:33PM (2 children)

    by digitalaudiorock (688) on Friday December 15 2017, @04:33PM (#610344)

    Quote from industry shill Ajit Pai:

    What I am saying is that the government shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers in the Internet economy.

    ...because instead, Internet providers should be picking winners and losers in every economy right? Individuals and businesses already pay more money if they want more bandwidth. What's supposedly missing from that business model?...tolls to actually use the shit in the middle? When I pay for a 200 mbit connection all I get it a 200 mbit connection to my provider but not to anywhere I actually want to get to?...and not because they're not paying for a lot of bandwidth, but because they're not rich enough to pay the extortion in the middle? The very fact that the FCC chairman would make statements like this proves that the industry has too much power already.

    When you look at the likes of the FCC now, or what's left of the EPA, you see crony capitalism that rivals the gilded age. It's really just sad.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Thexalon on Friday December 15 2017, @06:57PM (1 child)

    by Thexalon (636) on Friday December 15 2017, @06:57PM (#610401)

    Of course it's nonsense.

    We know exactly why it's nonsense: Mr Pai's previous job was lobbying the FCC on behalf of the major ISPs with the specific goal of eliminating net neutrality rules. So the major ISPs certainly knew exactly who was going to win with their repeal. He just benefited Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and Spectrum at the expense of Amazon, Google, Netflix, etc, and he knows that's exactly what he did. Also, he presumably has every reason to expect that once he's done with being FCC chair he'll be getting a nice big paycheck from the major ISPs. They straight-up bribed their way into public policy for a reason.

    The inverse of "I told you so" is "Nobody could have predicted"
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @11:23PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @11:23PM (#610543)

      More importantly he benefited Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and Spectrum at the expense of the next Amazon, Google, Netflix, etc... and in fact those new innovators are probably going to be smothered in the cradle because the ISPs can now legally bleed them to death.