Appeals Court Hands Users Major Win In Net Neutrality Case

Submitted by: kalron27 1 year ago in News & Politics
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Extremely good news here. There will be one final appeal to the Supreme Court so we're not quite out of the woods, but in a long-awaited decision, a federal appeals court upheld the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, sending a strong jab to telecom and cable companies that have tried to have the regulations overturned.

The rules Obama administration’s pushed hard for will prevent internet service providers from charging content producers for faster, more reliable service --  a scam known as “paid prioritization.” Obama's rules also ban blocking and purposefully slowing the traffic of lawful services.

“After a decade of debate and legal battles, today’s ruling affirms the commission’s ability to enforce the strongest possible internet protections — both on fixed and mobile networks — that will ensure the internet remains open, now and in the future,” said Tom Wheeler (pictured above), chairman of the F.C.C., in a statement.

Don't say Obama never did anything for you, I-A-B.

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Male 1,255
Glad you submitted this. I saw it at my day job and hoped it would make IAB.
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Male 2,670
I figure most Repugs are still shoving their AOL disks into that sweet, sweet 286-powered PC they got back in '97. "The Internet is a series of tubes!"
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Male 8,303
I'm actually really interested to see the republicans comment on how this is encroaching on the free market and destroying our freedoms. FUCKING OBAMA.
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Male 1,444
Here's the thing, these networks are owned and operated by private companies. They should have every right to sell different levels of access to the networks, including paid access to guaranteed bandwidth and prioritization of traffic. If the focus was limited to traffic on lines owned and operated by the feds, then they would have a say on the matter but they would also have control making the argument moot.
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Male 2,257
@insane_ai The problem here is that the private companies are extorting other private companies to pay more just because users stream more from that content provider. In addition, in the US our pricing for access to the internet is grossly overpriced compared to the rest of the world. Especially when a lot of those countries are moving to free WIFI for all. But the service providers in the US are running on an out of date business model that does nothing but punishes the customer on both ends (user and content supplier). Double Dipping and straight up mob extortion.
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