Net neutrality is dead, now what?

The FCC’s Net Neutrality rollback officially went into effect on June 11th, clearing the way for paid prioritization and lots of other sketchy behavior from telecom companies. So what does the internet look like without net neutrality rules?

Here’s where you can see which members of the House have signed on to save the net neutrality rules:


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  1. A little incorrect about T-Mobile here. They pay for your Netlfix subscription. All the plans they sell now are unlimited. That’s different than AT&T not counting Direct TV on their tiered data plans. So T-Mobile isn’t treating Netflix traffic differently and Netflix does not pay T-Mobile for any kind of preferred prioritization.

  2. A post pinned by this channel asked “What’s the most confusing thing about Net Neutrality?”. This was my response:

    The thing I find most confusing is the fact that no one is willing to stop trying to wave their own social justice flags and echo buzzwords for a second and actually analyze the real problem here. The function of Net Neutrality [NN] rules prior to the Trump disaster: to force Internet Service Provider [ISP] companies to 1) move all data from internet source to end user at the same speed; 2) not block/censor/deny access to particular internet sites and services; 3) not give privilege/priority to data sponsored /supported by the ISPs themselves. The whole point behind all of those rules was to make sure that ISP companies, most of which have monopolies in the areas that they serve (live outside of a major metropolitan area? How many internet providers can you buy services from? Just one or two? Really? I’m shocked.), don’t get to push their own(ed) internet sites/services (and corporate profits) to the front of the end user data access queue, and throttle/restrict/deny all non-ISP-sponsored internet content to the end of the queue. NN exists (existed) to make sure that ISPs provided ALL service to the ENTIRE internet, much like a public utility (which the internet now is, despite what your great grandparents have to say) should.

    To give an example of my point: imagine if AT&T in their service monopoly days of the 20s-40s (who at one point was a literal monopoly. If you wanted to talk to other people on a telephone, you paid them. Why? They literally owned ALL the physical phone lines.) suddenly announced that THEY got to decide which individuals you could talk to and which businesses you could call. Imagine of your local/city Watershed commission suddenly announced that they would only provide full water pressure to residences sold by/business owned by The Watershed Inc., and that any people/businesses/buildings/organizations/schools/churches/etc NOT owned/sponsored/favorited by The Watershed Inc. would have to pay extra for full pressure, as would any home that contains individuals who want to use/visit non-The Watershed Inc. properties. ISPs would conduct business much like most restaurants and fast food places do today: you want a drink with that burger? Depending on the restaurant and it’s chosen affiliation, you can have Coke products OR Pepsi products, and never the two shall meet. No Diet Coke at Taco Bell. No Mountain Dew at Arby’s. So sayeth the corporate structure. Thank heavens the country hasn’t been sectioned into regions where only one burger corporation is the only service source for burgers for hundreds of miles worth of suburbs and rural areas………..yet.

    So many people,even in this comment thread, are so caught up in chanting “big govt”, “the state”, and “free internet without paying” that they’re missing the point. NN is not about giving government intrusion into your daily life, or handing out something for nothing to the undeserving poor. It’s about making sure that every end user has full access to every bit of online content they want to see/hear/know, not just what the corporations that own the physical wires, cables, satellites, and towers decide THEY want you to see. NN is also about making sure that companies that provide certain services (movie/TV streaming services, let’s say) don’t get charged extra/blocked/shut down because a regionally monopolistic ISP provides a similar service that makes the ISP’s profits larger. People confused by terminology and their own private social justice getting into shouting matches vs realizing that THE digital public utility of the future is being carved up for profit by corporate robber barons who will use their private power/point of view to control their growth of this nation is what I find to be the most confusing of all.

  3. Internet is the new Cable. Who didn’t see this coming? While you were busy Drooling over your new IPhone you forgot that you need a carrier to make it all works.
    John Malone and his boys were plotting.


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