The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist
Telecom companies won a victory in the battle over “Net neutrality” Tuesay after a U.S. appeals court invalidated regulations from the FCC that banned carriers from favoring traffic from certain sources.
Those FCC rules were meant to force broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic equally – essentially making it impossible for them to charge companies for a faster route into people’s homes.
The FCC’s “Open Internet Order” has long been supported by President Barack Obama, who, according to a 2010 White House statement, was “strongly committed to Net neutrality in order to keep an open Internet that fosters investment, innovation, consumer choice, and free speech.”
Now, the door is open for companies like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile to create a tiered Internet, where those who can pay the most can utilize the fastest connections, while others are stuck transmitting information at slower speeds. A ban on completely blocking certain Internet traffic sources was also overturned.
Welcome to China. The US military industrial complex hopes you have enjoyed this brief period of partial free speech. At the next scheduled 9/11 event you may still be able to find uncensored views on a few excruciatingly slow web sites. Any damning facts, however, will be stopped in the name of national security and all individuals determined by the NSA to possess unapproved information will be taken to a reeducation facility to be killed.
Perhaps you think you are being treated unfairly?