The recent vote on the principles of Net Neutrality (Chairman Genachowski voted for the Order; Commissioner Copps concurred and Commissioner Clyburn approved in part and concurred in part. Commissioners McDowell and Baker dissented.) at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has drawn criticism from both sides. Republicans in Congress are uniformly against it and Democrats are mixed. Consumer advocates say it does not go far enough to protect consumers and the big carriers and tech giants (Verizon, AT&T, Google, Microsoft, etc.) offered lukewarm to tepid praise.
The United States Federal Communications Commission approved net neutrality rules that are a half step forward from current legislation. The new rules would limit wired Internet providers from prioritizing or committing “unreasonable discrimination” against any Web traffic. While this will stop cable companies from throttling your Netflix connection, wireless companies are still free to determine how you use your bandwidth.
[wpaudio url=”https://media.shellypalmer.com/wp-content/images/usrn/101222_SHELLYPALMER_GEN_BED.mp3″ text=”Click to play … ” dl=”0″] The FCC approved net neutrality rules that are a half step forward from current legislation. The new rules would limit wired Internet providers from committing “unreasonable discrimination” against any Web traffic. Not surprisingly, wireless companies are still free to determine how you use your bandwidth. In other […]
During his State of the Union address in 1930, President Herbert Hoover said, “Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.” He was talking about railroads, but he might as well have been talking about the cable television business. My cable bill has been a grudge […]
What is Net Neutrality? The best definition available is in the sidebar. However, the specifics of the Net Neutrality fight, and the proposed guidelines (which will soon become rules) are all a smoke screen. Let's talk about how the future is likely to unfold if a reasonable agreement is not reached.