December 14, 2017

FCC Votes to Repeal Its Net Neutrality Rules

Brian Fung – The Washington Post:

The move to deregulate the telecom and cable industry is a major setback for tech companies, consumer groups and Democrats who lobbied heavily against the decision. And it marks a significant victory for Republicans who vowed to roll back the efforts of the prior administration, despite a recent survey showing that 83 percent of Americans — including 3 out of 4 Republicans — opposed the plan.

You’ll know this was a mistake the first time you see tiered service plans (vs. today’s tiered speed plans) based on particular types or brands of access.

Example: whereas today we pay no more for streaming, say, Youtube video, than we do for accessing email or web browsing, once net neutrality is stripped away we could be required to pay more for streaming that service, or any video service, than for video streaming offered by our internet service provider.

Elections have consequences.

#NetNeutrality #consumer

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