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Net Neutrality Is On Its Way Out

6:16 pm on Nov 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I really don't know what to make of this opinion piece.

Does Net neutrality actually mean anything these days!

Net neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently — say, by letting some work better than others over their pipes — the dead man walking isn’t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks: It affects the internet as we all know it.Net Neutrality Is On Its Way Out [wired.com]
But today, that freedom won’t survive much longer if a federal court — the second most powerful court in the nation behind the Supreme Court, the DC Circuit — is set to strike down the nation’s net neutrality law, a rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010. Some will claim the new solution “splits the baby” in a way that somehow doesn’t kill net neutrality and so we should be grateful. But make no mistake: Despite eight years of public and political activism by multitudes fighting for freedom on the internet, a court decision may soon take it away.
5:14 pm on Nov 7, 2013 (gmt 0)


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Sounds like it could be used by cable companies to slow down services like NetFlix enough to sell more cable tv subscriptions.
6:57 am on Nov 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Do you like video games enough to allow an xbox console into your living room that has a forward facing camera and an always on internet requirement to playing games? Net Neutrality is obliterated at the first chance if there is profitable data to gain and my example is to point out to which lengths your privacy is being invaded.

Of course the unit can see you in your living room and adjust ads to who it sees but they won't attach your name to their data so that makes it OK to collect and profit from right?

As long as its profitable to collect data, and it's extremely lucrative, net neutrality doesn't stand a chance.
9:54 am on Nov 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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@Sgt+Kickaxe, what does net neutrality have to do with data collection?

Net neutrality means that an ISP cannot make special deals to favour particular services - for example they cannot make a deal with Google to speed up Youtube and block Vimeo, or with Microsoft to slow down Google search and speed up Bing.