FCC Expected to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules in Vote Next Month

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    FCC chairman Ajit Pai today announced that his controversial Restoring Internet Freedom order is headed to vote on December 14.


    The order, proposed in May, would roll back the Barack Obama administration's classification of internet service providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

    As common carriers, internet providers are required to act as neutral gateways to the internet. In other words, companies like Comcast are not allowed to speed up or slow down content passing through their networks.

    If the order passes, ISPs will be reclassified as "information service" providers, as they were between February 1996 and February 2015.
    Apple and dozens of other large technology companies urged the FCC to reconsider its proposal. The FCC also received a record-breaking 22 million comments from the public during a feedback period that ended in August.

    Those against the order believe that the FCC rolling back the internet's classification as a public utility will hurt net neutrality, as it could eventually divide internet users into so-called "fast lanes" and "slow lanes."

    In a letter submitted to the FCC in August, Apple warned that paid fast lanes could result in an "internet with distorted competition."
    Pai, who was designated as FCC chairman by Donald Trump, insists the Obama-era internet regulations are a "mistake." Under the new rules, he said the FCC will "stop micromanaging the internet" to foster innovation.
    Despite the significant backlash from tech companies and the public, it is widely expected that the FCC will vote in favor of the order next month.

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  2. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    Terrible. Get ready for ISPs to offer "basic", "premium" and "deluxe" internet packages.

    "Want to stream online video? Try out our "deluxe" package, which allows full-speed access to Netflix, Amazon Video, and several other popular streaming sites! Want to game online? You'll need the "ultra deluxe gaming package" to access the most popular MMORPG services!"
  3. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
  4. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    Since when did has the government ever done something that makes sense, and moves to protect the rights of property owners instead of pandering to a popular majority? Weird...
  5. NoNothing macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2003
    We already have that. What is your point? I still feel like Net Neutrality was fixing something not really broken. It was always "this could happen" or "that might happen."
  6. Kaibelf Suspended


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Yeah it's a shame they forced those businesses to serve those pesky coloreds and Jews, right?

    Don't pretend the government is inherently bad. Like anything, it's the use that counts. The breakup of AT&T and Standard Oil did great things for America.
  7. ThisBougieLife, Nov 21, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2017

    ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    No we don't. We have service packages based on speed and, in some places, on data use, but not on actual content or specific websites (and even when there is a data cap, it is neutral in regard to what websites use the data). Now consider this carrier in Portugal, which does not have net neutrality regulations:


    I do not ever want to see something like this in the U.S. In other words, what websites you can access depend on your plan, and they are grouped into packages like channels in a cable TV plan. In addition to implementing a scheme like this, a provider could theoretically slow down a competitor's streaming service and speed up their own. This is especially problematic in rural areas where they may only be one ISP to choose from.
  8. triptolemus macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
    Remember, on election day, to vote for your party and not the candidate! It's a must-win game! Us versus them, all the time, every time. Freedom!
  9. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    One word: Trump

    FCC are doing what Trump ordered.

  10. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Reddit $5/month
    MacRumors $1/month
    ABCTV.com $1/month
    Netflix $5/month
    FoxNews.com Free
    NYT.com $10/month
  11. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    No we don't. We have different speed packages. Those speeds apply to EVERYTHING on the web.

    I should have made my post more clear. Without net neutrality, a "basic" package could allow you to access "20 of the most popular websites" at full speed, while everything else would be throttled or unavailable. A "premium" package could allow you to access all or most of the web, and a "deluxe" package could be required to stream video or play games online. In other words, ISPs will have total control over the speeds you receive and the prices you pay for different parts of the web.
  12. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003

    Can you get around this BS by using VPN?

  13. ramallite macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2004
    It should be clear by now that when people from this administration (from Trump on down) refer to something as a "failed approach", they are lying.
  14. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    A midas that turns things into Lead instead of Gold.
    And in reality, Lead is poisonous.
  15. tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
    This is going to suck for the end user.. period.
  16. spencers macrumors 68020


    Sep 20, 2004
    If Cox starts charging for tiered packages, I'm cancelling my home internet connection.
  17. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    I'd love to think that one ISP would stand up and enshrine net neutrality in every customer contract, and everyone would switch to them. Wishful thinking, I know...
  18. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
  19. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    VPN usage will be able to be blocked.
  20. RemE macrumors regular


    Mar 19, 2012
    Holy cow! This would be a very sad day for us and exactly what providers would begin doing, because they could.
  21. theshoehorn macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2010
    Until they classify VPN providers in the highest tier...
  22. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I don’t know much about VPNs but I did read an article saying the very thing you just posted. That ISPs will eventually block VPNs. Not sure how they would be I guess that’s next.
  23. eatrains macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2006
    The battle for net neutrality was lost in November 2016. Trump's election sealed its fate.
  24. TheBuffather macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I'm a Trump supporter through and through, but this is ridiculous. I'm very much against this.

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