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Net Neutrality is gone. But Net Neutrality could come back for real this time

The experts I follow on the topic of Net Neutrality were pretty convinced that the FCC’s tepid NN policy would be struck down for just the reasons that it was. I have a few reactions:

1. Ack! The access providers (who have confused themselves with the Internet itself) are now free to block what they want and to charge sites what they want for “premium service.” But we can trust the unregulated market to do what’s best because capitalism. Yup. Unbridled greed never goes wrong.

2. Now the FCC has an opportunity to get it right. I’m about to run for a plane, so if I try to explain this without checking some sources ‘n’ sites, I’ll just get it wrong. But google yourself some “Net Neutrality” and “Title II” and you’ll find someone who can explain it better than I could even if I were given infinite leisure.

3. I have friends who are deep experts, who love the Open Internet, and who think Net Neutrality is a bad concept because it can’t be defined perfectly, and because the Net always discriminates among packets in various ways: routers decide which packets go into which queues, anda t the other end of the stack Content Delivery Networks let big companies pay to get their content closer to you, etc. Yeah yeah. So, take the list of depredations we customers will now be subject to, and imagine the policy that prevents them. That’s Net Neutrality at the policy level.If you prefer to call it an Anti-Plundering Policy, I won’t argue with you.

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Gotta go. Long live the open Internet…but only if we make it so.

One Response to “Net Neutrality is gone. But Net Neutrality could come back for real this time”

  1. 1. Ack! The content providers (primarily Internet monopolist Google), who have confused themselves with the Internet itself, are no longer free to congest the Internet’s pipes for free but might have to pay their freight. That’s wrong, because they just HAVE to have government regulation to tilt the playing field in their favor so that they can make even more billions. Or so says the author of this blog, who works for a university think tank, funded by Google, which consistently favors and lobbies for its benefactor’s corporate agendas.

    2. The FCC now has another opportunity to get it wrong. In more ways than ever before. It can destroy competition by subjecting Internet providers to Title II, wiping out all but the very largest ones with stifling regulation. And if the DC Circuit’s ruling stands, it can claim that nearly any regulation it attempts to impose on the Internet in favor of a political donor (just like the “network neutrality” regulations, which were imposed as a reward to large Obama campaign contributor Google) is intended to increase access to the Internet and is therefore within the unbridled scope of its authority.

    3. The Internet has never been “neutral,” and never will be. The regulations which were overturned had nothing to do with the engineering of the network and everything to do with favoring, and shifting revenue to, parties such as Google. Which, again, is why this blog promotes them. Follow the money.

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