Nov 11, 2011

What will the impact be of net neutrality rules surviving efforts to kill them off?

Does the survival of net neutrality rules in the face of the attempts to overturn them have any impact in the real world, and why is there such hostility in the first place?



The net neutrality rules (intended to prevent your ISP from deciding to block or throttle traffic as they wish, for content of any other reason - such as Comcast did with BitTorrent) barely survived.  The House voted to kill it in line with the current popular meme that any regulation is bad regulation and corporations can do no wrong, and it was a straight party line 46-52 vote in the Senate.  The argument opponents put forth is that the ISP is a private company that has the right to charge whatever they want, and provide service in any manner that they wish, and you as consumer can choose to cancel their service if you don't like it.  Of course, to many of us with only one high speed provider available, that means we can have restricted internet access or we can have none at all.  


The big problem with enforcing the net neutrality rules is that the House and Senate, in 2006, specifically rejected efforts to grant the FCC power to regulate ISP network traffic and prevent providers from blocking sites.  The big ISPs, including Comcast, Verizon and MetroPCS have already filed lawsuits to challenge the net neutrality rules on the basis that since Congress refused to grant the authority, the FCC cannot regulate their network management practices. 


Hi delia25,

Some people and companies are just greedy. They want to destroy net neutrality to give themselves a financial advantage.

Here's a good article though that explains why net neutrality is actually good for most businesses.

Why Net Neutrality Is Better for Business

"Essentially, if you don't want to pay more to use the Internet as a business and don't want your access limited as a consumer, you should support an open Internet. If you're a lobbyist for the large telecommunications providers, you're likely going to take a different, financially motivated view. What the Senate did on November 10 protected the rights of small businesses across the country by keeping the Internet open."
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