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The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules take effect Friday this week, and they've already had a noticeable impact on the behavior of Internet service providers.
The FCC's blocking and throttling bans don't cover interconnection problems, in which traffic gets slowed down because there isn't enough capacity to transfer it all from one network to another. ISPs have been demanding payments from companies like Cogent in exchange for upgrading the network links, and the FCC didn't ban those payments. But the commission said it would let companies file complaints against ISPs to determine whether they are making unreasonable demands and harming consumers by not upgrading infrastructure.
Whats happening is businesses used to be able to pay for higher bandwidth and after Friday
What was happening was businesses were strong armed into paying B$ fees and purposely slowed down by the ISP until the business owner payed up.
The FCC order's most specific guidelines prevent Internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or prioritizing content in exchange for payment.
but you can at least know your internet speed will be as slow as your neighbors. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Without net neutrality Your ISP can determine who you do business with and when.
originally posted by: intrptr
I have a question. Wall street uses computers that buy and sell in ten thousandths of a second. How fast a net is that? Are there two different internets? Just like the wealthy travel over head in Lear jets and helos while the rest of us slug it out in ground traffic.
It comes via Brian Fung, and it shows the reaction of the stock market to yesterday's news that FCC chair Tom Wheeler plans to impose strict net neutrality rules on broadband internet suppliers. This mostly applies to cable companies, and the prospect of strong regulation should have sent their stocks downward. Instead, they spiked upward.
…the prospect of strong regulation should have sent their stocks downward. Instead, they spiked upward.
It's still the same, except now the FCC does it. Some business are only looking for the highest speed possible and many ISPs will loss business if their infrastructure cannot cater to them and us equally.
Whatever money the ISP was receiving from the business in exchange for prioritizing their traffic is no longer acceptable.
originally posted by: DrogoTheNorman
Whatever else may be true about net neutrality, as soon as the government got involved the amount of chaos was doomed to increase.