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Old 02-26-2015, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one whether government or corporate should control free open access to the Internet."

The policy helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways and at different costs.

"Today is a red-letter day," Wheeler said later.

The dissenting votes came from Michael O'Rielly and Ajut Pai, Republicans who warned that the FCC was overstepping its authority and interfering in commerce to solve a problem that doesn't exist. They also complained that the measure's 300-plus pages weren't publicly released or openly debated.

We've updated this post with news from the vote.

The new policy would replace a prior version that was adopted back in 2010 but was put on hold by a legal challenge by Verizon. In that case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit eventually ruled that the FCC did not have sufficient regulatory power over broadband.

After that 2014 ruling, the FCC was left to reclassify broadband in a way to gain broader regulatory powers.
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These ISPs have been making money hand over fist from both customers and the government and providing nothing back. Additionally, the only regulations that have been enacted have all been to protect the large ISPs from smaller startups who could actually provide competition. I'm glad that this is finally being addressed.

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Today’s Net Neutrality ruling marks a huge victory for free speech in America. I want to send a huge thank you to our grassroots team and to everyone that stood to help preserve an open Internet that's been an engine of innovation. - Al
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I've already seen one of my conservative friends post a Fox News article making this seem like the worst thing since slavery and blaming the whole thing on Obama.
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Biggest surprise is that the FFC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, voted for net neutrality. He was previously the head lobbyist for the cable and wireless communications industry.
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Wheeler tried to compete against AOL in the 80s, but couldn't get access to the copper networks owned by the cable companies and his business failed. I think he's been holding a grudge ever since.
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Wheeler tried to compete against AOL in the 80s, but couldn't get access to the copper networks owned by the cable companies and his business failed. I think he's been holding a grudge ever since.
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Default Re: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

If it didn't pass and the i-net became unreasonably expensive, bootleg internet gadgets would begin popping up everywhere and a whole new pirating industry would be born.

Just like life, the internet always "finds a way".
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