Proposed FCC net neutrality rules could favor large content providers

The Wall Street Journal | The New York Times

In what would amount to a reversal on net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that would allow companies like Netflix and Amazon to pay for high-speed delivery of their content, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The rules to be presented Thursday would prevent Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner from blocking or throttling individual websites called up by users, the Journal’s Gautham Nagesh reported. But broadband providers could offer companies preferential treatment for speedier lanes to get their content quickly to consumers based on “commercially reasonable” terms. Consumers could end up paying more for services if companies pass on the additional charges.

If adopted, the rules could in effect doom net neutrality, The Times’ Edward Wyatt wrote:

“The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead.

The FCC’s proposed rules address a federal appeals court decision striking down regulations that had prevented broadband providers from developing agreements with companies for faster streaming of video and other content.

As journalists create more video and other rich media for users, delivery speeds in the “last mile” — the final connections to consumers — take on more importance. Some net neutrality advocates fear that giving preferential treatment to content providers that can afford the higher speeds could leave smaller organizations and startups eating dust in the slow lanes.

Net neutrality supporters reacted angrily to reports about the proposed rules. Free Press CEO and President Craig Aaron said in a statement that the FCC was “aiding and abetting the largest ISPs in their efforts to destroy the open Internet.”

Giving ISPs the green light to implement pay-for-priority schemes will be a disaster for startups, nonprofits and everyday Internet users who cannot afford these unnecessary tolls. These users will all be pushed onto the Internet dirt road, while deep pocketed Internet companies enjoy the benefits of the newly created fast lanes.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler responded to critics Wednesday, Time reported. He denied a “turnaround in policy” and said:

The same rules will apply to all Internet content. As with the original Open Internet rules, and consistent with the court’s decision, behavior that harms consumers or competition will not be permitted.”

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  • David Lee Preston

    The long comment here by simonzee1 is a classic antisemitic diatribe. Jews can be found at every point of the political spectrum, so why does simonzee1 choose to specify the religion of the Obama supporters? We likely would discover the true motivation behind the comment if simonzee1 had the guts to write under a real name.

  • simonzee1

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg are all Jewish supporters of Obama who as C.S Lewis referred to as the classic do-gooders like we have come to expect from most left-wing liberals who want to rid the world of guns…upsized sodas and oil including the Keystone pipeline and a free internet.

    We also know that a very Jewish and post hippy Hollywood descriminated against Conservative Script writers for over 30 years.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/07/13/hollywood-finally-admits-it-discriminates-against-conservatives-could-this-be/

    What marks out the tyranny of the way these people operate is that which marks the left of politics and liberal donors.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/democrats-democracy-alliance-liberal-donors-105972.html

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

    C.S. Lewis”

    But essentialy these attacks on the freedom of the internet are about money and the operations of lobbyists, where….essentially Hollywood is behind the reforms to give away the last controls of the internet including the hire of the lobbyist Robert Holleyman.

    http://boingboing.net/2014/04/23/obama-official-responsible-for.html

    After a public outcry this decision to give away the last controls of the internet looks to be on hold but now the FCC is stepping in and destroying a free internet after failing to take control of newsrooms. They now are talking about a censorship fast lane.

    http://act.boldprogressives.org/sign/sign_netneutrality_3things/?source=tw

    This after the FCC failed to put monitors and censors in every news room.

    http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/02/19/govt-monitors-newsrooms-fcc-look-media-decision-making

    Americans need to realise how militant the left is and how influential these Liberal donors are. If they supported the giving away of the internet so that they could attack piracy behind the scenes then they likewise support attacks on a free internet and create the tools to enliven political censorship with the Obama administration working behind the scenes to attack opponents. These FCC reforms are part of this…moving into this direction.

    We see how the Obama administration has used the federal beauracracy to attack opponents. Who is to say that this new FCC proposal for a fast lane will not use information supply with deals behind the scenes to do the same and attack political opponents. Obama is always meeting behind closed doors with the media or Silicon Valley giants. It will happen and it is a disgrace as Google has already proved itself to be left in politics. They are all do-gooder tyrants where we would be better off under robber barons.

    What is Google and Facebook getting out of this new FCC proposal?

    What we know for sure is that the left wing silicon valley giants cannot be trusted along with the FCC. They will use the do-gooder justifications to fight against piracy to take away a free internet and you can take that to the bank. Read the quote from C.S Lewis again.

    If Hollywood can have this much clout….discriminate against conservative scriptwriters for so long and work together with Obama to take away a free internet then all should be concerned. This is an activity of so called do-gooders that believe they have the authority to strip all of us of our internet freedoms. We all need to stand up to these secular liberals and secular Jewish do-gooders that have too much political clout in America.