The tech industry is already rebelling against the FCC’s latest plan for net neutrality

Source: Vox
Author: Tony Romm
Coverage Type: reporting
Internet Association, Washington, DC, United States

Silicon Valley is already rebelling against a plan by Republican Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai that would cancel the government’s network neutrality rules — and perhaps leave it to telecom giants like AT&T and Comcast to decide whether to adhere to open internet principles. "I think in practice, it goes against everything we would want in strong net neutrality protections,” said Evan Engstrom, the executive director of Engine. The group works with startups on policy issues in San Francisco (CA). As a result, Engstrom said he expected a “similar level of engagement that we saw the last time around when we had to fight” — a vicious rhetorical war that drew even John Oliver into the fray. And he said the tech industry again would “do everything we can to rally the community and the public.”

To that end, one of the Valley’s lobbying voices in Washington, the Internet Association, will share its views privately with Chairman Pai at the FCC the week of April 10, apparently. The group, which represents the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter, declined to comment on the meeting. In a statement, though, a spokesman for the Internet Association said, “Internet companies are ready to fight to maintain strong net neutrality protections in any forum. ISPs must not be allowed to meddle with people’s right to access content and services online and efforts to weaken net neutrality rules are bad for consumers and innovation.”


The trouble is the "tech industry" needs wire/radio communications to be treated as the wholly unregulated and illegal Title II common carrier these have always been. At the same time; Many see a need for a federal agency to require open access to websites now that ISPs became potential gatekeepers.

GOOG and others quietly paid for "faster lanes" when it was caused by extreme bandwidth. GOOG, et. al. exchange smaller chunks of data with each user as caused this trouble to develop. Netflix, DirectTV, et. al. exchange as much data with each user of their website in an hour than GOOG, et. al. exchange with all their users in days to weeks.

Video traffic is COSTLY for ISPs when compared to text and images. One hour of video from Netflix, et. al, cost as much for ISPs as a vast amout of text and images from GOOG, et. al. Most USERS do not understand this. Most Congressmen will never. There is no minimum IQ for Congress, FCC Commissioner, or President. The U.S. has not updated the communications education needed to understand time-based (digital) modulation.

This change is as significant to broadcasting as discovering electricity. This is a change most will never understand. Many who can't understand AM, FM, or TDM must now decide how to REGULATE a technology there is absolutely no hope they will ever even almost understand. Asking Chairman Pai or the FTC is exactly like asking a caveman to decide how radios should best be regulated like we just did with the President and Chairman Pai.

CurtisNeeley on April 8, 2017 - 1:06pm.


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