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    Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

    AP-Sat Sep 19, 8:36 am ET

    The head of the FCC plans to propose new rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information and certain applications over their networks, according to reports published Saturday.

    The reports said the Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski, will announced the proposed rules in a speech Monday at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

    The proposals would uphold a pledge Barack Obama made during the presidential campaign to support Internet neutrality and would bar companies like Verizon, Comcast or ATT&T, from slowing or blocking certain services or content flowing through their vast networks.
    I don't know enough on this issue, but the story caught my interest, and it certainly sounds like a good thing.

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    Re: Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

    Mmph. I don't know enough to be sure whether this is a good thing or not, but since it involves gov't I am suspicious and concerned.

    Anyone from the Nerd Herd with more info? We need some Geekwise here!

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    Re: Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Mmph. I don't know enough to be sure whether this is a good thing or not, but since it involves gov't I am suspicious and concerned.

    Anyone from the Nerd Herd with more info? We need some Geekwise here!
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    Re: Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

    If I am looking at it right it is basically saying internet providers shall be banned from restricting bandwidth to different websites. The idea is that the internet service customer/user is not being charged extra by the internet provider to access a certain website nor is that bandwidth being restricted to that website the individual wishes to access.


    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality]Network neutrality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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    Re: Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

    ISP's want more control because aps can negatively effect the functioning of their servers/networks. ISP's are already fairly well protected from suits, etc. from what subscribers pass through their servers.

    This seems to be a good thing in general. I would rather see something that prohibits the government from interfering with the free flow of information over the internet. I'm sure you remember recently that the executive branch was just given emergency shut down authority over certain nodes of the internet. It's entirely necessary, but man I do not like that. Too much Chavezism room.
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    Re: Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

    No link.

    I am in favor of net neutrality as a concept, although the specific implementation is quite important.

    Net Neutrality is the concept that an ISP isn't allowed to discriminate against the source of the traffic when routing it to the consumer. The main purpose is to prevent ISPs from purposely slowing down traffic to certain sites. Comcast for example, might slow down a video site if it competed with their on-demand service. An even worse alternative would be ISPs blackmailing certain sites into paying them a fee to avoid being slowed down.

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    Re: Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I don't know enough on this issue, but the story caught my interest, and it certainly sounds like a good thing.
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    Re: Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    No link.

    I am in favor of net neutrality as a concept, although the specific implementation is quite important.

    Net Neutrality is the concept that an ISP isn't allowed to discriminate against the source of the traffic when routing it to the consumer. The main purpose is to prevent ISPs from purposely slowing down traffic to certain sites. Comcast for example, might slow down a video site if it competed with their on-demand service. An even worse alternative would be ISPs blackmailing certain sites into paying them a fee to avoid being slowed down.
    Crap. Here is link: Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules - Yahoo! News Could a mod add that to my OP please.

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    Re: Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    No link.

    I am in favor of net neutrality as a concept, although the specific implementation is quite important.

    Net Neutrality is the concept that an ISP isn't allowed to discriminate against the source of the traffic when routing it to the consumer. The main purpose is to prevent ISPs from purposely slowing down traffic to certain sites. Comcast for example, might slow down a video site if it competed with their on-demand service. An even worse alternative would be ISPs blackmailing certain sites into paying them a fee to avoid being slowed down.
    I like the idea that if I pay for a service that provides 15-20 megabits then that is what I should get by my provider, not only that at their approved sites or only that if I am not downloading anything.
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    Re: Reports: FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

    It's always seemed like one of those things that people got really worked up about, but wouldn't amount to much in the end. If a cable company decides to restrict its users unfairly, people can just go to a different company. I don't see why we need to pass laws to deal with it.
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