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Net Neutrality Approved

Net Neutrality Approved

Added: Friday, December 24th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
FCC approved legislation that requires all broadband providers to publicly disclose their network traffic management practices. Besides, the law restricts ISPs from blocking legitimate content and applications, and from “discrimination” of legal traffic.


Today the FCC decided to preserve online freedom and openness, and established the first regulations to govern the web. All broadband providers are required to publicly reveal their network traffic management practices, and are restricted from blocking lawful material. The FCC’s Chairman made the excellent point that unless they guarantee free access to all legitimate material located online Internet service providers were able to take advantage of their position and prevent their competitors from luring away their subscribers. In fact, ISPs have natural business incentives to leverage their functions of online gatekeepers, thus stifling innovation and restricting the benefits of the web.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, representing Democrats, explained that she would have also extended Net Neutrality legislation to mobile connections, plus banned usage-based billing outright, and voiced a willing to guarantee that an open web can be accessed by all end users, whatever their classification is.

On the other hand, Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, from Republicans, complained that it wasn’t a consumer-driven decision, because it just foolishly tries to fix somewhat that isn’t yet broken.

Actually, their statements correspond with their political views. Republican commissioners think the private sector is probably best suited to solving problems in the market, which means that since there hadn’t been no identifiable problems, the FCC shouldn’t have interfered.

Meanwhile, the Democrats counter that broadband providers often lack real competition in the market, so US citizens have a need for legislation in place protecting the openness of their online connections.

One thing remains clear: if Internet users had lots of broadband providers to choose from, the discussion about the Net Neutrality legislation would be much different. Nevertheless, fixed line broadband is still clustered in regional monopolies where Internet service providers hold sway over a captive subscriber base. So, the private sector can’t be considered suited best to address the problem on its own if consumers aren’t able to force its hand by selecting a competing service.

December 24th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, December 24th, 2010

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-12-24 23:48:08)
capnmorgan5150 avatarI say anyone messing with the internet, be it the government or the corporations is a bad idea.

posted by (2010-12-25 07:15:36)
Slurpishmo avatarErosion starts with one small drop of water carrying off one small grain of soil. Net Neutrality seems the same in a small almost imperceptible law carries away the tiniest grain of internet freedom then one more then one more, until nothing is left.

posted by (2010-12-25 16:04:58)
ic3m4l3 avatarwas always guna happen and this is just the begining

posted by (2010-12-26 09:01:29)
No avatarThe concept behind Net Neutrality is to keep the Internet free, not to restrict it's freedoms (not even a little grain of sand). It basically says that an ISP can not prioritise and/or block Internet traffic based on source, destination, port, or type of traffic. As someone whom I'm assuming uses the bittorrent protocol you should be for this legislation, as bittorrent traffic is on the top of the list of the types of Internet traffic that ISPs want to either block or limit P2P traffic. The whole concept of Net Neutrality came into being when Comcast got sued for blocking bittorrent traffic on their network.

It's Net Neutrality that will allow all your VOIP services to continue to work, because as most ISP sell their own brand of phone service (either a voip package itself or old fashion landlines) it's in their best interest to not allow you to use another SIP provider that's most likely significantly cheaper... I mean it's so unfair when the government steps in and forces private companies to be competitive and not take advantage of the monopolies they have (that is the Republican view point).

posted by (2010-12-26 20:53:37)
kingtiger01 avatarFinally one small step, it doesn't solve the problem. but it does make one huge difference.

posted by (2010-12-27 05:34:36)
Kinslayer avatar@first two posters
Net Neutrality is a good thing. It prevents ISPs from filtering or restricting (policing) the internet for you. Some companies have even suggested the idea of charging different rates for using different parts of the internet.


View SxePhils description of what it is. He has a great Analogy for it.

posted by (2011-01-07 06:50:55)
kush2push avatarPirating software or movies should be legal.

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