Net Neutrality Update

  • February 19, 2015
  • computer repair news

Net Neutrality by Electronic_Frontier_FoundationA Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote about the updated net neutrality proposal is coming up on February 26, 2015. The vote relates to reclassifying the Internet as utility, or Title II telecommunications service. Portland computer repair services state that this is a big change, as earlier proposals sought to define the Internet as an information service.

Computer Repair Service Experts on what ‘Internet as a Utility’ Looks Like

Classifying the Internet as a utility is a good thing. It means that Internet service providers (ISPs) must treat all data in the same manner and cannot charge different rates to content providers that want faster speeds. This is similar to the electricity in your home. Your appliances and electronics get all the power they need and the same access to it, regardless of the manufacture or type of device that you plug into a socket. Unlike other utilities, however, the government or FCC will not interfere in pricing.

Changes in Internet Classification

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was a long-time advocate of classifying the Internet as a telecommunications service. In an op-ed piece in Wired, Wheeler stated that he “proposed new rules to preserve the internet [sic] as an open platform for innovation and free expression.” Later in the piece, Wheeler explained that the new rules would “ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.” He added that content and services include mobile broadband, and “…there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, no last-mile unbundling.” Wheeler ended the piece, stating, “The internet [sic] must be fast, fair and open. That is the message I’ve heard from consumers and innovators across this nation. … The proposal I present to the commission will ensure the internet [sic] remains open, now and in the future, for all Americans.”

Wheeler’s new proposal is a monumental shift that closely follows the approach that many Americans wanted, which President Obama publically promoted in November 2014. Wheeler’s original beliefs about net neutrality were personal, as they stemmed from the time when AOL squashed his startup, NABU, because of the Internet’s open nature. After licking his wounds and taking the time to listen to the public, Wheeler realized that his original proposal would make it difficult for startups, like AOL, to exist and survive. He stated that the new proposal would keep the Internet open to innovators of all sizes.

In the net neutrality debate, your voice mattered and made a difference.
[Photo by: Electronic_Frontier_Foundation via CC License]

I think it is naive to think that the FCC or Federal government will not touch rates. Time will tell. IMHO, once under their control, it IMHO, it is only a matter of time before we will see new charges and taxes proposed.

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