Net neutrality – A mistake, or good policy

Republicans to FCC: Back off net neutrality – Tony Romm – POLITICO.com.

This issue a bit complex,  I will try to simplify it as much it as I can.  Net Neutrality it about giving everyone equal access to the internet.  Which sounds great.  But what happens when someone uses more than there share of the  bandwidth and slows everyone else down?  That is what happened to Comcast in New York,  and to some extent to Midco in Sioux Falls,  A handful of people were downloading massive amount of data from file sharing sites like BitTorrent.  Acting on the complaints of their other customers, of slower service, Internet Service Providers (ISP) slowed down or cut off access to these sites.  However, that is not where it stopped at.  As more Internet intensive web sites, applications, and appliances are coming on the market, ISP are having a hard time keeping with demand for more bandwidth.   ISP’s started to slow down access to some sites,  or cut off access to others, in some cases, their competition’s web site.  Which caught the attention of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)

The FCC is saying ISP’s need to provide unfiltered, unrestricted access to the entire Internet.

?Net Neutrality is about preventing anyone from regulating the Internet,” an official told POLITICO. “There are some cable and phone companies out there that want to decide which apps you should get on your phone, which Internet sites you should look at, and what online videos you can download. That?s regulating the Internet ? and that?s what the FCC is trying to stop.?

ISP’s are saying our network, our rules.  If you want faster access for your toys,  pay up.  So far some in congress agree.

(John) Shimkus (R-Ill.) similarly skewered the agency on Friday: ?The FCC should not be trying to institute a government takeover of the one industry that is currently expanding and creating jobs when we currently have close to ten percent of Americans unemployed,? he said. ?The FCC?s attempt to take over the Internet will hinder both of these things.?

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Even those who aren?t on the committee are beginning to voice their displeasure with the FCC. ?I support ensuring that the Internet remains free from discrimination, but not by imposing heavy-handed regulations on the industry and not through back door regulations negotiated in secret,? said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), who co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional Net Caucus.

?Furthermore, Congress has not given the FCC clear authority to regulate in this area. There are much less intrusive ways to handle this,? he said.

Read more:
Does the FCC have authority to regulate access to the Internet?
Should the FCC move forward with ‘Net neutrality?’
Should ISP’s be allowed to block content, or charge web sites or applications for access to their network?

4 Replies to “Net neutrality – A mistake, or good policy”

  1. Anonymous

    Yes the FCC has the authority. No they should not be allowed to block content. Jobba the Gant and PP will fix this inside South Dakota but what about the other states?

  2. DDC

    Bad. More unnecessary government regulation. Do you really want the FCC in charge of internet access? It’ll end up just like everything else, the big players will game the system and the smaller providers will be run out of business.

    More choices is always better. Your options are limited when every provider is forced to offer the exact same product.

  3. Les

    The big issue, can you access my system on an unlimited basis without giving me any cost recovery(netflix/BitTorrent delivering huge bandwidth consumption over my high cost system).

    The devils advocate to this, do I have a right as an ISP to control more than just bandwidth consumption as net neutral advocates say will happen.

    This will not be easy with everyone’s hand in the cookie jar.