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The US net neutrality repeal is official.
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-06-11 23:04:35

It’s official. The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules, which had required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content, took effect on Monday.

The rules, enacted by the administration of President Barack Obama in 2015, prohibited internet providers from charging more for certain content or from giving preferential treatment to certain websites.

Great news. This will enable honest, trustworthy, transparant, and customer-focused companies like Comcast to take control of the internet. This can only mean good things for American consumers, and will ensure that they remain free of the confusing and heavy burden of ISP choice. In turn, the "market" will remain carved up by at best two large monopolies, which is clearly the best type of market in the universe.

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New times ahead
By drcoldfoot on 2018-06-11 23:29:46
Looks like This action will bring back wardriving, and other means to acquire more neutral internet access. Also looks like a boon for municipal internet in the US

Edited 2018-06-11 23:30 UTC
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Only getting better.
By xero1 on 2018-06-11 23:34:41
Don't worry we will soon have bad internet, poisoned water, no healthcare, lower wages, the rest of the world hating us, an overall lower quality of life. But hey, profits.
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RE: New times ahead
By ssokolow on 2018-06-12 02:02:07
> Also looks like a boon for municipal internet in the US

Unfortunately not. There have already been cases where incumbents have successfully lobbied to legislate away municipal competitors.

I don't have URLs for the original articles I read over the last 5 or 10 years, but a quick search pulled up this example from April 3rd of this year:

"Municipal Broadband Is Roadblocked or Outlawed in 20 States"
https://broadbandnow.com/report/m...
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Comment by Undomiel
By Undomiel on 2018-06-12 02:18:34
Fortunately Washington State is fighting back, so hopefully some other states will follow.

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/...
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RE[2]: New times ahead
By l3v1 on 2018-06-12 05:46:31
So what if they wouldn't call it municipal and they wouldn't make them publicly owned? Like, e.g. (and I'm no lawyer so bear with me), the city would create a company (in whatever legal form) that would be an ISP, headed by someone with close ties to the city, that would be only collecting as much profit to pay back the city the seed money and become independent, and provide the same services as the "municipal" "publicly owned" versions. Another version could be that a city would support/subsidize small in-city ISPs (let's say ones with areas <N, or number of clients <M, etc so that they could provide services with lower costs, then incentivize the creation of let's say a dozen of such companies in the city. Also, maybe they can't regulate who sells internet services, but maybe they could locally regulate the pricing, putting a cap an ISP had to adhere to. Probably all this is stupid, I don't know.

However, as much as I usually hate unnecessary government regulation, in some cases the government (in this case state and local) indeed should exploit the powers they have and stand firmly beside their population. It's a cliche, but you know, if there's a will, there should be a way, someone just needs to find it.
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RE: Comment by Undomiel
By Lobotomik on 2018-06-12 07:39:19
Isn't California also enacting their own net-neutrality legislation? Maybe in the end only the rednecks that back Trump will have shitty internet; it would serve them well.
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copycat
By Risthel on 2018-06-12 11:21:33
Not only that, but this Net Neutrality "coup de grâce" is echoing inside my country(Brazil), full of honest politicians that just want an alibi to create the same crap here... "If USA is doing that, why shouldn't we?"
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RE[3]: New times ahead
By fretinator on 2018-06-12 15:25:37
> It's a cliche, but you know, if there's a will, there should be a way, someone just needs to find it.
$$$$ - the public speech of the 21st century.
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One round in a larger battle
By imthefrizzlefry on 2018-06-12 16:52:02
This isn't as big of a deal as people are making it at this point because we are still in the middle of the larger battle. It's kind of like when the ITU reclassified Cable Modem as an Information service in 2002, which kind of started the round that ended with Wheeler formalizing the de facto policies that the FCC started enforcing in 2002. It seems like everyone forgot we were here before, but this time: a lot of people know what net neutrality is, and use the Internet every day; several States are enacting laws to undo it; and the current policy is being challenged in the courts. Plus in theory, if the Democratic party takes back the house, they could just revert this change with the congressional review act and permanently block the FCC from doing this again. So, don't lose faith yet; this is a long game that started about 16 years ago, and I wouldn't be surprised if it kept going for 20 more.
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RE[2]: New times ahead
By drcoldfoot on 2018-06-12 17:33:29
They say nothing of New York! :-)

But alas, I see th issues that are presented. But Since this net-Un-neutrality issue is afoot, it presents the necessity for invention here in the US. or a push for similar resolutions. i say a good public mesh intranet would prdobably be in order.
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