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  • Net Neutrality Already a Thing of the Past

    Many large tech companies -- including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Facebook -- have quietly brokered deals with Internet providers to ensure their content is not slowed as it travels through their networks, according to a blog post published Wednesday by telecom analyst Dan Rayburn.

    It's unclear whether these deals were brokered before or after a federal court in January struck down rules that maintained net neutrality, which is the principle that all Internet traffic should be equally accessible to consumers. But Rayburn, an analyst at the research firm Frost & Sullivan, said such arrangements between web companies and Internet providers are nothing new.

    Here's my question. Okay, the providers are already buying in to the pay for flow system. But how long before the providers turn to the users and start demanding the same thing? I give it three years at most, especially given that there will be very few providers. Maybe only two? Hi-speed users will need to buy the "Premium" package. Then you'll have some kind of middle-of -the-road package. And the poor folks will be left with the "Basic." And you'll still have to watch the ads.

  • #2
    Pretty much knew this was coming.


    • #3
      The next few weeks are going to be hellish for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

      Republicans set to try to claw back net neutrality win

      Hot on the heels of his saving the internet, he'll have to justify himself to a bunch of raving lunatics.


      • #4
        You can always count on these schmucks to be on the wrong side of the issue...

        Everybody is happy with Net Neutrality? Not the Republicans.

        Republicans spin net neutrality conspiracy theories at first 'fact-finding' hearing

        Congressional Republican "fact-finding" on net neutrality has begun, and is pretty much as obnoxious as you'd expect....


        • #5
          Judge delivers blow to telecom industry and a win for consumers in landmark net neutrality case

          After Trump’s FCC, under corporate shill Ajit Pai, did away with net neutrality consumer protections, many states and municipalities began looking into what could be done to protect their citizens from unregulated monopolies. California lawmakers and activists worked hard on a roller coaster of a bill, SB-822, that was considered the strictest protections being negotiated in the country. The bill, after being defanged with help of the telecommunications industry lobby, was ultimately restored to its strength and passed in 2018. The Trump administration sued California to stop the implementation of SB-822, but their arguments, on the face of it, were hypocritical at best.

          On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez rejected the telecom industry lawyers’ arguments for stopping California’s implementation of SB-822, the country’s most strenuous net neutrality consumer protections law, saying that the Golden State can begin enforcing its law. This is a huge blow to the telecom industry’s hopes of absolute, unregulated power of consumers in the state. With nothing but evidence to the contrary, the telecom industry’s main argument relied on how nicely they have played over the last couple of years. An argument Judge Mendez wasn’t buying. “I have heard that argument and I don’t find it persuasive,” said Mendez. “It’s going to fall on deaf ears. Everyone has been on their best behavior since 2018, waiting for whatever happened in the DC Circuit I don’t place weight on the argument that everything is fine and we don’t need to worry.”


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            • #7
              There is a major blow back brewing against big tech. Their arrogance will be their downfall. It will start oversees but eventually will make it's way home. It's one of the few things both sides agree on.


              • #8
                And now the entertainment sphere is being broken up into numerous "streamers," each of which will require a separate payment.

                It almost makes me wonder if a greed-based economy is such a great idea.


                • #9
                  But you be happy, you're getting some of the censorship you want, no?