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Possible Small Victory for Net Neutrality

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided to abandon net neutrality and allow telecoms companies to charge websites for access.

The FTC said in a report that, despite popular support for net neutrality, it was minded to let the market sort out the issue.

This means that the organisation will not stand in the way of companies using differential pricing to make sure that some websites can be viewed more quickly than others. The report also counsels against net neutrality legislation.
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bah, was making a nice writeup while you posted this -_-
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This is just weird...
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Wait, so that's it? The whole debate is over like that? Shouldn't this be a really big piece of news?
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Wait, so that's it? The whole debate is over like that? Shouldn't this be a really big piece of news?
Nah, even commerce is subject to the Legislative branch of government. Once Al Gore is elected as President, he and his friends in the Senate will fix it...I like Al Gore, he's my friend!
    
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This is bull. im just dumbstruck by this
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To be fair, I feel that the whole "Net Neutrality" issue was a whole load of fuss about nothing. Trying to get the government to regulate US ISP's isn't going to significantly impact the internet as a whole. Just look at China, those guys do whatever the hell they want to regulate access to sites. There also already exists censorship of different types of website in various world regions based on the laws of the country the ISP is operateing in. If US based ISP's choose to limit access to certain websites in favour of others I really can't see it affecting the internet as a whole.
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I still don't get this... So... Yay?
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If US based ISP's choose to limit access to certain websites in favour of others I really can't see it affecting the internet as a whole.
If only that were true... Once the rest of the westernised capitalist countries see that US ISPs are making lots of profit off of this, they will follow suit... They're not going to go "Hey, American ISPs are getting rich, lets not copy them!" that wouldn't make sense...

Oh well, lets just see how things pan out, it might not be so bad...

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FTC has exactly ZERO power on this one. They are weighing in because this is D.C. we're talking about and everyone is supposed to be on same side as the president. The telecoms want this tiered pricing scheme because it allows them to scimp on adding more capacity and still increase their profit margin. That's how American corporations think - halfass everything and milk it until you've gotten every last drop.

I think my favorite example would be the recent smog system Harely-Davidson added in 07. They threw a fraking fit - it was gonna cost X, lower power by Z, and on and on. The Japanese bikes had all had this feature for something like ten years. Victory Motorcycles has never not had one of these systems. Of course why shouldn't Harley whine, after all they are using an engine designed in the eighties, complete with push rods and gaskets.
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