FCC Patronizes Public, Reinforces Its Repugnance and Irrelevance

Written by  Monday, 12 May 2014 15:01

If you've followed our coverage of net neutrality proceedings in the US, you'll know that there's been a fierce emboldening in the US Government's enablement of a class-based internet. AT&T's patent-pending approach to deploying a micro-transaction-esque content delivery hierarchy for streamed video and gaming content is starting to look a lot scarier right now.

net-neutrality-comicImage Source: CFC Oklahoma.

After the FCC's proposal to allow ISPs the dictation of "normal speed" and "low-speed" traffic in the form of extorting content providers (Netflix, YouTube), internet backlash has prompted a disingenuous addendum by the Commission. Federal Communications Commission Chariman and mendacious troglodytic neophyte of technology Tom Wheeler is reported to have added to his plan:

"[Wheeler is] revising proposed rules for regulating broadband Internet, including offering assurances that the agency won't allow companies to segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes [...] [the new plan] is sticking to the same basic approach but will include language that would make clear that the FCC will scrutinize the deals to make sure that the broadband providers don't unfairly put non-paying companies' content at a disadvantage." (Source: WSJ).

If we read between the double-spaced lines here, the reassurance is basically that the FCC will oversee deals between ISPs and content providers; what this ultimately does is leave gaps for further corruption and obfuscation of paper trails between the FCC and ISPs -- with whom we've banked so much trust in the past. So now, we end up with the FCC potentially allowing most (but not all) deals between ISPs and content providers while gaining an added layer of flummoxed, amoebic bureaucracy enshrining money over innovation.

Just what the internet needs.

If you'd like to speak out against the FCC's express inability to manage and understand the internet, we'd strongly encourage you to contact local representatives and support the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF website (linked) supplies several resources that will aid you in efforts to get involved.

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Last modified on Monday, 12 May 2014 15:29

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