5 Freedoms That Just Died With Net Neutrality – Tom’s Guide

You expect your home Internet connection to “just work” like water and electricity. But what if the electric company provided inadequate power to your Whirlpool refrigerator, because Whirlpool hadn’t paid a fee? And what if the water company completely cut off the flow from your Kohler faucet because it owned a stake in another faucet company?

Unlike public utilities, your Internet service provider (ISP) can abuse its power to influence which Internet businesses win and lose by slowing down or even blocking sites and services. However, with most homes having a choice of just one or two providers, consumers have little recourse. Under FCC’s “Open Internet Order, that a court struck down in January, wired broadband providers were forbidden from discriminating against any type of Internet traffic that flows through their pipes — a principle widely known as net neutrality. And there never were any rules to protect against wireless companies discriminating.

The FCC has proposed a new set of rules that would prevent ISPs from outright blocking anyone but would still allow them to deliver different services at different speeds. However, it’s just a proposal, and right now, there is no sheriff in town.

This is one of the best explainers I’ve seen about how the demise of net neutrality could affect everyone in the United States.

Source: 5 Freedoms That Just Died With Net Neutrality

8 thoughts on “5 Freedoms That Just Died With Net Neutrality – Tom’s Guide

  1. Out of idle curiosity, why hadn’t this parade of horribles happened before the Obama regulations were proposed?

  2. Out of idle curiosity, why hadn’t this parade of horribles happened before the Obama regulations were proposed?

  3. Or, maybe not.

    JSmith made a point : YES. Kirk mad a point: YES.

    Both good comments, and valid. However, in spite of the Obama rules, things stayed the same. Nobody complained and when faced with court, the big providers got away with it. Obama’s rules were sort of like pissing into the wind. It changed nothing other than adding to Obama’s legacy. We tracked Verizon throttling users with Netflix accounts, and numerous other instances that the rules were ignored. Nobody was able to get traction fighting Obama’s regulations. They were a farce. Other countries followed suit and failed. A global entity does not change course because one or two countries say so.

    We began the crusade for Net Neutrality in 2004. Most people didn’t notice, didn’t care and didn’t listen when we warned them. By 2008 it was painfully obvious the mistakes had been made. Russia’s march into Georgia proved that. Now, all of a sudden, more than a decade later, everyone has their shorts in a bind.

    I personally met with legislators in an attempt to get some traction to protect freedoms. Nobody listened. But looking at the scope of “Net Neutrality” life, an amazing truth emerges.

    It’s interesting that today’s spokes people don’t have a long view of the matter, and only regurgitate what they’ve already heard. But one thing is unmistakable : all is NOT as it appears.

    I know nothing can be done. It was too late, even in 2008. Once the Clinton administration gave up internet sovereignty it was over. Everything after that is what it is. However, I have this secret dream that keeps saying that some “star” will emerge from all this, and rain broadband down all over the world at no cost.

    I suggest people relax and refocus on something they can be proactive about. You will never fight the big media guys no matter how you try. They’ll apologize, pay the fine, then find a way around. You won’t win any more than you’ll get Google or Facebook shut down. They own you. Obama tried and failed. But there’s something far more important to get your shorts in a bind over … bleeding data. There’s an end far worse to this story than all the net neutrality woes put together. Worry about something real for a change! Read and study “Future Crimes” by Marc Goodman http://amzn.to/2irHG0T

    With regards,
    Fred

    http://graphic-design.com/60-seconds/change-coming
    http://www.ugnn.com/tag/neutrality/

  4. Or, maybe not.

    JSmith made a point : YES. Kirk mad a point: YES.

    Both good comments, and valid. However, in spite of the Obama rules, things stayed the same. Nobody complained and when faced with court, the big providers got away with it. Obama’s rules were sort of like pissing into the wind. It changed nothing other than adding to Obama’s legacy. We tracked Verizon throttling users with Netflix accounts, and numerous other instances that the rules were ignored. Nobody was able to get traction fighting Obama’s regulations. They were a farce. Other countries followed suit and failed. A global entity does not change course because one or two countries say so.

    We began the crusade for Net Neutrality in 2004. Most people didn’t notice, didn’t care and didn’t listen when we warned them. By 2008 it was painfully obvious the mistakes had been made. Russia’s march into Georgia proved that. Now, all of a sudden, more than a decade later, everyone has their shorts in a bind.

    I personally met with legislators in an attempt to get some traction to protect freedoms. Nobody listened. But looking at the scope of “Net Neutrality” life, an amazing truth emerges.

    It’s interesting that today’s spokes people don’t have a long view of the matter, and only regurgitate what they’ve already heard. But one thing is unmistakable : all is NOT as it appears.

    I know nothing can be done. It was too late, even in 2008. Once the Clinton administration gave up internet sovereignty it was over. Everything after that is what it is. However, I have this secret dream that keeps saying that some “star” will emerge from all this, and rain broadband down all over the world at no cost.

    I suggest people relax and refocus on something they can be proactive about. You will never fight the big media guys no matter how you try. They’ll apologize, pay the fine, then find a way around. You won’t win any more than you’ll get Google or Facebook shut down. They own you. Obama tried and failed. But there’s something far more important to get your shorts in a bind over … bleeding data. There’s an end far worse to this story than all the net neutrality woes put together. Worry about something real for a change! Read and study “Future Crimes” by Marc Goodman http://amzn.to/2irHG0T

    With regards,
    Fred

    http://graphic-design.com/60-seconds/change-coming
    http://www.ugnn.com/tag/neutrality/

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