FCC chairman Pai calls California's net neutrality bill "illegal"

Upset at California's attempt to make net neutrality a law in the state, FCC chairman Ajit Pai calls the state's efforts illegal.
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24. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The FCC has the legal rights to impose rules and regulations on Broadband services, but states have further rights to impose additional regulations so long as they do not contradict a federal regulation, it's the same with other federal agencies like OSHA which has State level equivalents. In this particular case, the FCC simply removed regulations that were put in place during the Obama Administration. States are fully within their legal rights to simply reimplement them on a local level.

13. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

ISPs charging “fast lanes” is pure left wing fear mongering. If you want the internet to keep being the digital ‘wild west’, you don’t want the govt to start regulating it, which is what net neutrality really is - injecting govt regulation and oversight where it isn’t needed. Keep the govt away from my internet.

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 2304; Member since: May 04, 2015

You truly are an idiot just like that sleazeball Pai. Appointing a former Verizon (?) executive as a regulator to create a level playing field is like allowing a paedophile to run a daycare.

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You really don't get it, do you? The govt is actually trying to protect consumers in this case. But hey if you gladly pay extra to have a decent Netflix stream despite having a fast internet connection, go ahead.

37. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

If I have to pay extra to keep the feds away from my connection I will. But I never had to, since I’ve been paying for a connection, and still don’t, and there’s never been “net neutrality”. So what are they trying to protect from? Democrats are coming up with some boogeyman to inject govt oversight. Oh, and Netflix is for peasants. I use DirectV Now.

40. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yes there has been net neutrality. You didn't have to pay extra (nor companies) to get your full bandwidth for certain services on the net. Hahaha peasants... what do you think you are? King hahaha

14. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

ISPs are private companies. If Democrats don’t like how they are managing data flow, then they should start their own ISP and network. ;)

20. techbuttcheex

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

You realize ISPs are subsidized by the government, right?

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

But private companies need to follow the rules. If the (federal) law says they need to provide net neutrality, they need to provide net neutrality. If ISPs don't like these laws, they should start their own country and make their own rules.

36. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

In this case, there is no federal law on net neutrality. Just Big Brother California trying to make it a state regulation. I’d fully support ISPs pulling out of California if they don’t like it.

41. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No, the FCC got rid of that law under Trump. But before, they did have a federal FCC ruling. And they won't pull out, there is still money to be made.

15. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Go f**k yourself you asshole.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

US should learn from EU. Here, the law puts the customer in the center by not allowing any discrimination (both positive and negative) between internet services with three exceptions (law, integrity of the network and temporary congestion management). A carrier can't block a service, because it competes with its own service (Skype telephony for instance) - that will be useless, because now voice services are as cheap as 5€/mo unlimited calls and text messages; they can only provide extra benefits for specialized service (YouTube that doesn't amount to data cap) only when there's an extra bandwidth for that extra service (T-mobile was severely fined in my country, because it throttled some users in order to prioritize a video service). No law is perfect, but those that protect the interests of the consumers are better than the others.

38. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

“US should learn from EU.” Let me stop you right there, fam.

39. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I won't :).

42. gamehead unregistered

Can this guy so somewhere else and just stay there forever?

47. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Pai is a paid shill. He's got no interest in protecting the consumer, only in shilling for big business and getting his payday. I will do something this November I've never done before. I will vote straight Democrat, no matter who is running. Power needs to be taken away from Trump (the worst president of my lifetime by a mile) and the Republicans who cowtow to him as soon as possible. The future of this country depends on it.
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