400 page FCC document details rules on net neutrality

400 page FCC document details rules on net neutrality
Just before February came to an end, the FCC voted along party lines and by a 3 to 2 vote, passed its rules on net neutrality. Today, the FCC unveiled a 400-page document that fills out the details of how the agency plans on keeping all internet traffic equal. But don't expect the FCC to jump into the fray immediately. "We find that the best approach is to watch, learn, and act as required, but not intervene now, especially not with prescriptive rules," the FCC wrote in the document.

For example, the FCC said that it still is figuring out how to handle situations where a deep-pocketed company pays for the data used to have its services and apps sent out free to mobile users. Those opposed to such a plan say that this would favor companies that have the money and wherewithal to pay for all of that data. The agency says that it will look at these deals on a case-by-case basis. It will also look case-by-case on limits and caps on data use.

The 400-page document gives the legal reasoning behind the rules and answers criticism of them. It also provides a forum where the dissenting opinions of the two Republicans on the commission can be read. The rules that passed make internet providers "common carriers" like gas and electricity utilities. Had the rules not passed, carriers like Verizon and Comcast could have charged content providers for access to their subscribers. Eventually, this could have resulted in higher prices charged to download and install apps on your mobile device.

source: WSJ

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11 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

Funny, this article been sitting here for a while now... and No Body Gives a Flying Doo-doo to comment. (I dont either, btw)... Just thought to state the obvious.. But, all I see is more laws that will just cost the end user (you and me) a little (or a lot) more just to install something that was intended to be free or cheap.. (but thats just from this short example on the article - I'm gonna read the 80 pages later, when I'm dead)...

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No offense, but you should read about it before commenting Its actually the complete opposite ISP were planning on making "fast lanes", so websites would need to pay ISP for decent internet speed So if a website didn't pay up, the ISP would effectively shut them out ISP were basically planning to control what websites you could view E.g. Say there's a new youtube alternative, and plenty of users are jumping to the new alternative All Google needs to do is pay the ISP more than the new alternative (obviously Google would have more money than a new startup) Then the users would be forced back to youtube since they the new alternative has slow speed now The current websites could basically shut out any new competition The reason its 400 pages is because of the major public backlash There's only 8 pages of laws The rest is mostly the record 3.7 million public submissions

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Here's some better explanations of Net Neutralityhttps://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/2ysphj/fcc_release_net_neutrality_regulations/ There's literally no legitimate argument against Net Neutrality

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Oh, nevermind than, thanks... I've always understood that if something is costing a certain company they just upmark their product to offset the cost or cover it completely... It seems that I misunderstood...

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I dont really blame you The ISPs have been actively trying mislead people They are making baseless claims like increased costs to try trick people to think that's its more red tape, as if its the FCC trying to control the internet (when its the ISPs that are trying to control the internet and the FCC is trying to stop them) The ISP have bought out many media outlets, politicians, congressmen, FCC members to try mislead the public But luckily Net Neutrality passed :D

7. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

All the big players are going to try to make you pay more regardless of what the FCC says or does. At least give the little guy a chance to compete.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I would call Google a little guy (but yea Google Fiber doesn't have the scale of the other ISPs) Yep the ISPs will still milk us consumers But at least the ISPs wont be able to milk websites and wont be able to control the internet as the please

6. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

This is just an excuse of the government to get its tentacles to control the Internet through violation of private property. The result will be not only the degradation of the Internet in terms of performance but also of freedom, since the FCC also controls the content of what it has under control. I expect this to be successfully challenged in courts, since the FCC has no authority over the Internet whatsoever.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This is the FCC Not the Government Obviously you know nothing about this issue Read my comments above Also the ISPs shouldn't be allowed to have any authority over the Internet whatsoever as well

8. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

If ANY of you guys would actually read the law and not listen to those protesters. You guys would know the law is a benefit for us normal internet user. Read the stuff before jumping to confusion guys. This is why we have half the protesters out there protesting and nothing know what the goal is.

11. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Are you all Obama kool aid drinkers....the government has no right to do what they did...hopefully the company's will sue and where the courts have already said that the FCC has over stepped

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