FCC passes net neutrality rules

FCC passes net neutrality rules
On Thursday, the FCC passed the net neutrality rules promising a level playing field for all. The rules prevent content providers from paying ISPs for a faster pipeline to customers. The internet providers would be considered "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which puts them on the same level as utilities like gas and electricity which charge the same to all customers in a particular region.

Content providers like Netflix and Google were in favor of the rules passing, while internet providers like Comcast and Verizon were against them. Had the FCC not passed net neutrality, certain sites might have been forced to pay providers to reach the public, a charge which would have been passed along to consumers in the form of higher subscription rates. While the new rules will also apply to mobile carriers, small providers will be exempt from some of the new regulations. The rules won't be made official until this summer, and then they could be challenged by the carriers in court.

The commission voted across party lines as expected, with the three Democrats on the panel voting in favor of the rules and the two Republicans voting against them. One thing for mobile users to fear would be the implementation of the 16% Universal Service Fees which is a tax placed on interstate landline telephone service. The USF fees collected are used to make phone service affordable in rural areas of the country.

source: NBCNews, PCWorld, CNN



1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

We did it. Hurray! No more crap from the ISPs!

3. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Well not "no more crap," but the big victory we were looking for nonetheless.

4. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

This is trash. Microsoft should be in charge of how internet networks are managed, not the government. Let Microsoft manage the flow of data and we will all win in the long run.

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

You again. As I have said, you make yourself look like an idiot, as well as all the MS fans (including me) look like idiots. So if you are not going to post anything good and just complete trash, just stop.

57. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Was Microsoft in any way involved in this mess? I struggle to see how, they are neither content providers (unless you count bing as content), nor are they ISP. If anything I would see them siding with Google on this for neutrality. What's really disturbing about this ruling is the party split. Why are Republicans siding with the ISPs? I thought they were the party of less regulations and oversight? Politicians can't think for themselves anymore and even if somehow they do, they better not show it. Pathetic, keep the election contributions coming. Really depressing.

2. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Yay because Comcast is insane.

8. TBomb

Posts: 1655; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

This deserves about 7000 more thumbs up than it has....

44. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Yours was more than enough cause I gather it's a mutual pain...

5. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

You guys who are in favor are morons. Bandwidth costs money to expand and maintain. Before they charged those that used it the most. Streaming movies eat up a ton of bandwidth and now since they can't charge the companies the only other revenue streams are you and me. So thanks for all the jackasses that helped raised everyone's internet acceess fees. People should have to pass economics 101 before being allowed any type of voting power. You think Comcast is insane now wait until you start subsidising other peoples torrents and Netflix streams. I have never seen so many people so happy about screwing themselves.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17460; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The same tired, silly arguments we heard when this was implemented against phone companies. But what happened? Not what you said. In fact, the opposite happens. Service improved, prices went down, and the companies flourished.

9. idget500

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Like the implementation of the telecommunication act of the 30's. Once it was implemented there was a boom of innovation. Oh wait, it only took 50 years to go from rotary dial to touch tone.

10. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Because the technology back then move so fast right, so why do we still have internal combustion engine? People like you are idiot.

18. idget500

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Well in about twenty years back then we had: home electricity, indoor refrigeration, the car, the phone, the radio, and movies. I think innovation was going along at a good pace. As an example then the radio was regulated by the same FCC and FM was shut out of the market for 30 years. The internal combustion engine has been heavily regulated since the 40's. Why are there only three different car manufactures in the US? Thanks for the name calling it goes a long way in a conversation.

23. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Wow you don't understand anything do you? What do regulations have to do with inventing a different type of engine? regulating that engine does that mean you can invent a different type of engine. If you don't know that fact you are an idiot. detective logical advances we have in the last 20 years is more than the last 50 years combined.

19. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969 and you are saying technology moved so slow? We landed on the moon before we got touch one phones and idget500 is the idiot??

22. idget500

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Phones became regulated under the FCC rules and most innovation stopped. Why are they going to spend money innovating when they will not be able to charge more for it?

28. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

that doesn't explain why there was no innovation other countries. The GSM cell phone was invented by Finland a country that's very heavily regulated.

26. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

a basic calculator that I have now has more computing power than the computer that Neil Armstrong use. So yes technology was moving very slow.

48. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Instead of looking at the advancements in just a 50 yr period, please view how slow advances where made through the thousands of years prior to this last decade. People lucky enough to live 80, 90-100 years this last decade have seen more discoveries, technological advances and culture changes, than anyone has ever seen prior. Watching a transition from horse drawn carriages to cars to flights to the moon. Science and technology will advance regardless of rules or regulations. It is based on curiosity and the pursuit of the unknown and as technology advances more, it will produce even more technology and discoveries at a greater speed. John B.

13. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Yeah once the copper is laid not much maintenance is required. Look at all of the places where there is not coverage. You are comparing apples and oranges. The lionshare of revenue has shifted from landline to wireless. Look at the Verizon and ATT bills cell phone bills vs landline phone bills. $50 for 1 line ATT service with 1 gb of data vs $25 landline. So the price doubled for basic phone service. I don't know what you are talking about. They are definitely fourishing by charging us double. I don't know what you mean by good service as my friends are always complaining about dropped calls on ATT.

16. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

So why are we so much slower and expensive compare to Europe, Japan, and South Korea?

25. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

@ngo2dd Because they are dense populations compared to the USA. One tower can serve many more people. Less cost = lower rates. Just up the back haul and you have fast and cheap speeds. Exactly why T-Mobile is great in urban centers and has terrible coverage outside of major population centers. Towers cost money. Were you honestly ignorant or just thought you made a point with a rhetorical question?

30. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

For the GSM phone which are the phone that everyone use overseas more dense population mean slower speeds that means they need more towers so it will be more expensive. Not cheaper.

47. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Most of it you can thank the carriers that control the industry here in the states. Much of the eastern hemisphere does not recognized subsidies of phones. Subsidizing can quell innovation and progress due to money the carriers make over a two year contract. John B.

14. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

So explain why the United State has the most expensive internet for the speed compare to other first world country. Even on the biggest city out speed is the slowest?

27. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

See reply above

31. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

your reply is wrong because of more dense population use up more bandwidth which means I'll be slower

35. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

No you can add more to the same location to handle additional traffic so no you are wrong, they did for the Super Bowl.

38. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

you were talking about population density being a factor why our internet is so much slower but Japan has a greater population density with cheaper internet and faster speed. so why is our internet so much slower and less dense area than it is in Korea or Japan.

41. rossy

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Once you can put antenae on a town and building your can add more equipment to deal with more users, you can also add new equipment to better utilize your backbone traffic linking your towers. Do you have any ideas how much money and time to get a permission to put up towers or lease a rooftop. I used to work for a legal firm that was subcontracted by ATT to work with townships to get permits. By the way, more people and territories covered by LTE signal than Europe.

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