F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules
Welp, they finally did it. A party line vote of 3-2 nixed 2015 FCC rules ensuring that service providers cannot prejudicially speed up or slow down content passing through their servers. In a commonly used example, a content producer like Comcast may slow down access to Netflix, charging customers a fee for fast access. Or they may take the other tack and charge Netflix additional money for access to fast lanes. Don’t count on social media disappearing behind a paywall, though, since the product in that case is you and not access to FB content (of which there is none). Telecoms who support the move argue it will allow greater investment in broadband infrastructure (though the logic is elusive). Another change is the FTC will now co-supervise the internet providers and ISPs will only be allowed to manipulate content bandwidth if they make it public (terms of service are about to get interesting if anyone cares to read them).