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2/26/2015
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Net Neutrality Vote Won't End Debate

The FCC is slated to approve a controversial plan for net neutrality -- but that won't be the end of the matter.

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zerox203
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2/28/2015 | 12:19:58 PM
Re: Net Neutrality Vote Won't End Debate
It's refreshing to hear a take on the matter that is, first of all, realistic in it's estimation of how long these things take and how things will actually play out from here and that, second of all, actually lays out both the benefits and critcisms of the decision in a way that's unbiased and leaves little out. I love internet activism as much as the next guy, but we're talking about an incredibly complex political machine here that always moves at it's own pace, and I appreciate you covering some of the how's and why's of who put pressure on whom to get to get the support and the opposition moving. Most are too caught up in the excitement to worry about such things. Gary_EL is right to point out there are people that make their livelihoods thriving in between those lines.

Being candid, it is nice for a change to see that the overwhelming will of the people has actually seemed to impact a change in regulations. There have been many strong arguments for why absolute net neutrality is not the greatest thing since sliced bread (IE that it could stifle innovation in some types of service-providing by over-restricting how data can be handled, and just that the government is generally bad at... everything), as well as many for why Title II itself is not the best classification to get the job done (after all, it was written before the internet existed), but all that considered, I remain of the mind that this is the best way forward. I'll be looking forward to any more pieces by you on this matter as the story develops, Joe.
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2/26/2015 | 6:26:41 PM
The net neutrality debate is not yet over
It would be incredibly naive to believe that reclassification into Title II was the end of the net neutrality debate.  Wheeler, no doubt having had to hold his nose and speak in favor of NN (and against his criminal gang of former employers) was unpleasant, but given that every member of Congre$$ is owned/operated by the corporatocracy, I expect Comcrap et al. to call in with orders to their favorite pet politicos this evening.  Also, the new rules include a "general conduct rule" that is very vague and therefore, susceptible to abuse. Since FCC Chairman Wheeler was formerly employed as a cable and wireless lobbyist, there is every indication he will not bite the hand that formerly fed (or will feed him again) when he leaves the FCC.  Regulators traditionally come from the industries they were formerly employed by.
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2/26/2015 | 3:36:59 PM
It Passed
It'll take a long time to be fully implemented, of course. But, there is no real possibility of it being overturned until there is a new president, if then. And by then, a lot of legal and regulatory infrastructure will have been established, and business practices will have adjusted to the new realities. The ruling makes sense, as the internet is every much a common carrier as is the telephone. According to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, this is not a "Power Grab". It is "no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech."

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