FCC Head Ajit Pai: Killing Net Neutrality Will Set the Internet Free

Submitted by: trimble 3 weeks ago in News & Politics Tech


"We're going to see an explosion in the kinds of connectivity and the depth of that connectivity."

An excerpt from Reason: In an exclusive interview today just hours after announcing his plan to repeal "Net Neutrality" rules governing the actions of Internet-service providers (ISPs) and mobile carriers, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has an in-your-face prediction for his critics: "Over the coming years, we're going to see an explosion in the kinds of connectivity and the depth of that connectivity," he said this afternoon. "Ultimately that means that the human capital in the United States that's currently on the shelf—the people who don't have digital opportunity—will become participants in the digital economy."

Pai stressed that regulating the Internet under a Title II framework originally created in the 1930s had led to less investment in infrastructure and a slower rate of innovation. "Since the dawn of the commercial internet, ISPs have been investing as much as they can in networks in order to upgrade their facilities and to compete with each other," he says. "Outside of a recession we've never seen that sort of investment go down year over year. But we did in 2015, after these regulations were adopted." In a Wall Street Journalcolumn published today, Pai says Title II was responsible for a nearly 6 percent decline in broadband network investment as ISPs saw compliance costs rise and the regulatory atmosphere become uncertain. In his interview with Reason, Pai stressed that the real losers under Net Neutrality were people living in rural areas and low-income Americans who were stuck on the bad end of "the digital divide."

There are 28 comments:
Male 93
Sigh, the slow growth the tool is quoting is in all industries.  It is tied closely with the shrinking of the middle class.   I am glad i am older and never had kids.  So when the Chinese take over in the next 15 to 20 years i will probably be dead. 
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Male 4,211
Just wait till people realize this will free up ISPs to sell ALL their surfing data at whim.

Every porn site you go to?  Easily purchasable information.
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Male 2,246
Thanks Trump for fucking up the internet just like everything else you touch.
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Newspeak at its worst.

And they are trying to sneak it in over the holiday so it doesn't get much attention.  
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Male 1,031
I think he meant to say "We're going to see an explosion in the kinds of revenue streams and the depth of our ISP pockets".

Sadly, when the US pulls this shite for its internet, it screws over most of the rest of the world as well.

But if they're all about increasing competition, they'll withdraw all the state and local legislation preventing publicly owned ISP and fiber companies, right ?
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Male 6,644
Just another western media delusion
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Male 1,031
monkwarrior This has no meaning in the context of this discussion

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Male 10,378
punko Don't feed the troll.
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Male 6,644
punko oh it has plenty of meaning in this discussion
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Male 4,211
punko It rarely has any meaning in any context.
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Male 6,644
daegog not to people who live by what the western media preaches for them to do, that's for sure.
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Male 5,308
This is one issue where President Obama was absolutely in the people's corner. If you believe the crap this guy is selling you have been brainwashed by propaganda media. There is no bigger proof.
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Male 40,580
Alternate caption:

FCC Head Pushing Bullshit Around Like A Dung Beetle.

 



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Male 8,203
If you believe what this filth has to say then you are truly truly ignorant.  This is a HUGE mistake.  There's a reason 86% of all IT professionals  I among them, Support Net Neutrality.  Here come you have to "pay for this content or that content"  Your Content providers can and will now choose what content you get to see.  Not sure how any Libertarian, Conservative or Liberal could support this.  

THis in combination with the GOP tax cut is a kick in the balls to the middle and lower class.  You can't spin this any other way.
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Male 4,211
This is a Portugal ISP pricing chart.  Unlike most of Europe, they do not enforce net neutrality.  This is your future America, ENJOY!
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Male 3,812
daegog FYI...these prices are IN ADDITION TO what a service provider changes.
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Male 4,211
Americans voted for Trump.  This is Trump's goon following his will to the letter.

Americans deserve Comcast Dick in their ass, rawdog, for 3 more years.
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Male 10,378
daegog Most of them voted against him, 54%.
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Male 814
holygod so only 1/2 way deep?
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Male 5,427
So the real motivation for the corporations behind this is not billions of dollars in profits--it's to help the little people, "people living in rural areas and low-income Americans"?

It would take a mountain of profanity to adequately describe what I think of this.
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Male 3,812
Oh and...they had the balls to call this thing "Restoring Internet Freedom Act" 

Fuck You Asshole!

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Male 3,812
Submitted this as well...here is something not mentioned above.

An addition to the changes, States CANNOT enact their own regulations.  Isn't that a kick in the balls.  WTF?!?!?!  Seriously WTF?!?!?!  How could anyone think that is a good idea?

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/21/fcc-net-neutrality-blocking-states-183468

Whelp folks...it's here, the end of the internet as we in the US know it.  We are about to enter into a world where internet providers have more rights that the citizens of this country.  They are going to gouge the consumer not once...but twice.  Our service and speeds will be held for ransom to the highest payer, we might see sites blocked all together if they are in competition with the provider.  In addition, our streaming site fees will most likely rise when the providers start enforcing mafioso tactics to charge them more to reach their customers.

So here's to Net Neutrality...RIP 
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Male 4,383
kalron27 Damn I didn't even pick up on the States CANNOT enact their own regulations and they can probably try get away with it constitutionally using the regulate inter-state commerce clause. Big government at its finest. But we’ll see. 
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Male 3,812
trimble This isn't Big Government, it's officially a cooperate take over of your nation.  This is supposed to be a Republican controlled administration, yet here is the President's pick to run the FCC allowing him to take rights away from the States.

This is no longer a political issue, it should concern all citizens of this country.
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Male 4,383
kalron27 You know, the today's GOP is nothing like the GOP of say, the eighties right?
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Male 4,211
trimble The GOP as it exists today is directly because of the GOP of the 80s.
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Male 8,203
When we elect a Crony Capitalist like Trump and he drains the swamp into his cabinet how can one be surprised that they shit over all the non millionaire and billionaires.
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