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Thread: Only in the USA

Author Image Gerry Patterson. The world's most humble blogger
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules


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Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:08:00 +1100

On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle rules regulating businesses that connect consumers to the internet, opening the way to allow broadband companies reshape Americans' online data plans according to the services they access.

According to an article by Cecilia Kang, first published on November 21, in the New York Times, the F.C.C. chairman, Ajit Pai, a Republican, appointed by President Trump, has proposed a sweeping repeal of the rules put in place by the Obama administration that prohibit ISPs from blocking or slowing down the delivery of websites, or services and from chargint extra fees for high-quality service.

This was the last in long list of deregulatory initiatives. It will effectively end Net Neutrality.

Australian Consumers should expect similar initiatives in our market.


Note: This item could have been included in the Internet Freedom/Filtering thread or the Internet Standards and Competition thread. It has been include in the Only in the USA thread because it seems to be a petty political initiative from the Trump administration that has been put into effect because it it over-turns a decision by the previous administration rather than being based on any semblance of rational and consistent policy making ... And also this spiteful proposal because has been fully supported by the (obsequious) members of the Republican senate, many of whom since 2016, could be referred to as Trump senators rather than Republican senators.


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