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FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal 105

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-plan dept.
An anonymous reader writes "FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he will revise proposed rules for regulating broadband Internet, and is offering assurances that the agency won't allow companies to segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes. From the article: 'The new language by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to be circulated as early as Monday is an attempt to address criticism of his proposal unveiled last month that would ban broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites but allow them to strike deals in which content companies could pay them for faster delivery of Web content to customers.'"
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FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal

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  • Al Franken (Score:2, Interesting)

    by techstar25 (556988) <techstar25@cf l . r r . c om> on Monday May 12, 2014 @07:47AM (#46978199) Homepage Journal
    Al Franken has earned my vote for pretty much any office he ever runs for, ever.
  • by advantis (622471) on Monday May 12, 2014 @07:51AM (#46978239)

    It dawned on me how they could work a fast lane within net neutrality rules. They don't even need to change anything.

    It goes like this: Hey, we're douchebags and like to bleed our customers dry for slow Internet. We do this by overselling our transit capacity [slashdot.org]. But, if you want our customers to be able to use your service, our peering prices are $100/MB/month.

    That's why Level 3 Wants To Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue [slashdot.org] I guess. But should peering be a net neutrality issue? On the Internet, different pathways have different speeds. Your LAN and ISP network are usually a lot faster than general Internet access, and nobody said Netflix can't pay a premium to plug straight into your LAN.

    In Romania you get gigabit links within RDS - a nationwide ISP, and if you run Linux, you're in luck because they peer with RoEdu (the Romanian education network), who mirror a lot of stuff, and that peer is fast as lightning if RDS is your provider. But mirrors who are in the country but not peered get Internet speeds - which are still faster than what I generally get in the UK mind.

  • Re:Al Franken (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 12, 2014 @07:57AM (#46978285)

    The same guy who voted for Obamacare without reading the bill?
    The same guy who supports the NSA spying on every US citizen without warrant?
    The same guy who thinks a whistleblower like Snowden needs to be prosecuted?

    Glad to see you voting to destroy the country so you can get your Netflix a little faster.
    Is this common for DNC voters?

  • Err, Wait, What? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Bob9113 (14996) on Monday May 12, 2014 @08:02AM (#46978313) Homepage

    From the synopsis:

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he will revise proposed rules for regulating broadband Internet, and is offering assurances that the agency won't allow companies to segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes.

    Hooray! Same thing it says at the beginning of the article, same thing that made me prematurely celebrate. You see, a bit further down in the WSJ article:

    The new proposal will also seek comment on whether such "paid prioritization" should be prohibited altogether.

    What? WTF do you think we mean when we say we want net neutrality? Yes, you idiot, we want paid prioritization to be prohibited altogether. ISPs should deliver every packet the customer asks for with the same diligence, without preference. Not delivering some packets faster. Not delivering some packets slower. Handing every packet the same regardless of the content or source. That is what net neutrality is. Are you stupid, or just pretending to be so you can keep doing what your lobby tells you to do?

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