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FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules For Better or Worse

Net Neutrality Rules Draw Very Mixed Reviews

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted Net Neutrality rules that have drawn very mixed reviews all across the political landscape. 

Rather than sugarcoat it or spin it in anyway, I’ll simply embed the statement from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski (Via Brian Stelter), and you can make your own decision about whether it goes too far or doesn’t go far enough:
Net neutrality statement by Julius Genachowski, the FCC chair, on Dec. 21, 2010  

If you look at a Twitter search on #FCC, you’ll see a pretty good mix of commentary. Politico has a pretty good article outlining the political struggle on this issue. 

We thought there would be more from Genachowski on the FCC’s Open Internet blog, but the blog appears to be down. 

"The open Internet is a crucial American marketplace, and I believe that it is appropriate for the FCC to safeguard it by adopting an Order that will establish clear rules to protect consumers’ access," said FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn ahead of today’s meeting. "The Commission has worked tirelessly to offer a set of guidelines that, while not as strong as they could be, will nonetheless protect consumers as they explore, learn, and innovate online."

What do you think of the FCC’s adoption? Share your thoughts in the comments

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  • http://www.sitebyjames.com/ James

    So what happens when “Openness” proves to be what consumers need to be protected from?

    I am skeptical of the open statement which mentions there is no way to monitor another broadband providers business. I would have felt more at ease if it mentioned that no rules were in place for broadband providers to adhere by.

    Any other business might expect someone to fine them if they didn’t keep fire extinguishers in plain view, I am concerned the difference here is that they may want to install video cameras into the business itself.

    Also, there are no real examples. Will broadband providers be responsible for keeping frame rates on video at a level which doesn’t induce seizures in epileptics? Will they be responsible for ensuring broadband providers remove all caps and throttles? Will businesses have any say as to which technologies are harmful to their users? Perhaps an Athiest network wants to open and restrict or filter out all religious content, do they have the right to offer censored or protected services to their subscribers? Same goes for educational broadband providers, can they censor based on what they believe is proper content? Bizarre examples, but the only thing I am aware of is the FCC wanting to restrict a business from throttling BitTorrent traffic.

    I am not sure if freedom of innovation through consumer choice, or freedom through regulation is better, but I can’t help to think it is the former.

    I interpret this document as being written by a pro moderator.

    If the FCC steps in, which my current understanding is that they don’t have the authority to, I am more concerned about what they will do and how they will go about it.

  • Landry

    It is interesting to me that you people who are so knowledgeable about everything webpronews talks about don’t understand that the government wants to control you. This is the first step. Everything the Feds do creates much more problems and costs. Before regulation there is freedom. The exception to the rule is those with money to pay off politicians with campaign funds or like the Arabs do in speaking fees etc. so they we don’t drill for oil or build nuclear plants like France.

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