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[NY Times] Court rejects Equal Access rules for internet providers

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/technology/appeals-court-rejects-fcc-rules-on-internet-service-providers.html?hp&_r=1
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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out Federal Communications Commission rules that require Internet service providers to give all traffic equal access through their networks.

The decision could pave the way for Internet service providers like Verizon and AT&T to charge content companies — say ESPN or Facebook — to deliver their data to consumers at a faster speed.

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In a decision signed by two judges and joined in part by a third, the appeals court acknowledged that the F.C.C. has the authority “to promulgate rules governing broadband providers’ treatment of Internet traffic.”

But because, several years ago, the F.C.C. classified Internet service as an “information service” rather than as a “telecommunications service” – the designation given to telephone service – the commission’s so-called net neutrality rules were invalid.

Essentially this could mean that Net Neutrality is not an option anymore if the ISPs had their way with content.
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They care far more about lining their pockets with our money than anything else, even though their pockets are already overstuffed.

 

I want Net Neutrality just as much as the most hardcore supporters of it, but I know better: there's way too much greed for wealth and power for Net Neutrality to ever become a reality.


Edited by TwoCables - 1/14/14 at 2:56pm
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