Closing Thought–25Jan17

The end of “net neutrality”?

DAMN!  I was slow on the uptake on this issue….I want to thank my friend at “The Ripening Wanderer” for his post to grab my attention……

Source: Some People Are Saying Trump Might End Net Neutrality | The Ripening Wanderer

I am a strong supporter of a regulation free internet and so are many others….looks like we could lose this battle with the new President….

Trump’s pick for control of the FCC is a disturbing one……

President Donald Trump has picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules to be chief regulator of the nation’s airwaves and internet connections, the AP reports. In a statement Monday, Ajit Pai said he was grateful to the president for choosing him as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Pai had been one of the two Republican commissioners on a five-member panel that regulates the country’s communications infrastructure, including TV, phone, and internet service. There are currently just three members on the panel. The Republicans’ new majority at the FCC, along with their control of Congress and the White House, is expected to help them roll back policies applauded by consumer advocates that upset many phone and cable industry groups, including net neutrality rules that bar internet service providers from favoring some websites and apps over others.

Pai has long maintained that the FCC under former Chairman Thomas Wheeler had overstepped its bounds, suggesting that he would steer the agency in a direction more favorable to big phone and cable companies. In a December speech, he expressed confidence that the 2015 net neutrality rules would be undone and said the FCC needed to take a “weed whacker” to what he considered unnecessary regulations that hold back investment and innovation. Consumer advocates have been concerned that a deregulation-minded FCC could potentially allow more huge mergers, overturn new protections for internet users, and lead to higher costs for media and technology companies that rely on the internet to reach consumers.

I wonder how the Right will take this news……I do not see how they can keep up a brave face in favor of Trump when he is about to screw their net connectability….somehow they will justify this in some warped way or another.

But enough of that…we will just have to wait and see who does what to whom.  But whenever there is a profit to be made it will win out over service……every time.

  Just saying.

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8 thoughts on “Closing Thought–25Jan17

  1. I’m reminded of the outcry related to SOPA and the massive protest orchestrated by the Internet that I anticipate will start again if there are any regulations proposed that will end net neutrality. It’s an issue of what people “think” net neutrality is and what “actually” is net neutrality. It’s out there in painful detail how disastrous putting anti-net-neutrality regulations in place that stifles the Internet. The opponents cry that it will encourage investment in infrastructure and spark innovation, but to be honest I just see service providers charging a “Netflix fee” and “Hulu fee” to allow you to stream content on their networks without throttling (among other things). The Internet is not “owned” by any one person, which makes net neutrality so important to keep in place to allow it to grow organically without hindrance.

    1. I admit that I am not the sharpest pencil in the box when it comes to techno stuff…although I do support net neutrality….I’m all in favor of free broadband but that is unrealistic because their is no profit in free….I will look to you for expertise on the techno stuff if that is okay….chuq

      1. I’m not advocating free broadband and I don’t mind at all paying for broadband. What I’m afraid will happen is that my unfiltered subscription for 25Mbps will start to get throttled for specific traffic like Netflix or Hulu (streaming) unless I pay an additional fee. Rules in place now prohibit that kind of restriction. T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and most cable companies have been caught throttling or limiting maximum speeds for streaming in past years.

      2. My company, CableOne, is slowly jacking their prices up….and few will speak up because their lives are running by streaming this or that….I believe we need some regs or this could get messy for us and very profitable for them….chuq

  2. I would comment, but, I’m already depressed enough for one day…. Maybe tomorrow…

    In short, your last line, as often, nailed it, when you noted profit always wins over sanity. That’s what delusions do for ya….

    gigoid

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  4. Public outcry stopped the SOPA nonsense and if anyone tries to mess with the Internet freedom it will be the Public who comes to the rescue one more time. The Public has the power to shut the damned thing down and cost the miscreants millions of dollars. This is one area where public opinion holds the power and if somebody tries to mess with the free Internet then I believe the Public will save it one more time … and even if they don’t or can’t there is something in the works … something being built by techies even as I speak …. something called “The Mesh Net” which can work around the giants of the Internet industry — can operate in an environment of its own completely free of big internet provider influence …and it is now under development and may someday dominate the market … shutting those who would control internet freedom completely out of the picture. Technology is a wonderful thing.

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