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U.S. Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules

Google, Netflix and others Win, ATandT, Verizon and other carriers lose

     
3:24 pm on Jun 14, 2016 (gmt 0)

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There you go, the ruling is made and the carriers must keep it open, and not throttle users' data downloads.

Now that has been cleared up, can we expect prices to rise, or new terms and conditions over usage?

The Washington-based court Tuesday denied challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s rules, which were backed by President Barack Obama. Broadband providers “act as neutral, indiscriminate platforms for transmission of speech,” the court wrote in its opinion.

The ruling is a win for Alphabet Inc.’s Google, online video provider Netflix Inc. and others who championed the notion of an open internet where internet service providers are prevented from offering speedier lanes to those willing to pay extra for them. Challengers including AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. had said the rule would discourage innovation and investment. U.S. Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules [bloomberg.com]
4:36 pm on June 14, 2016 (gmt 0)

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..... and Comcast Corp. had said the rule would discourage innovation...

I want my pocket change back from them when they increased a fee on an outdated router
8:28 pm on June 14, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Hopefully competition will keep prices at market rates. However with Comcast buying-up the little guys, that competition is dwindling.

Another point - an often used tactic in the political arena, those opposed to Net Neutrality are also using this term to identify their interests.
10:21 pm on June 14, 2016 (gmt 0)

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The NYT offered this analysis in their news report:
The decision affirmed the government’s view that broadband is as essential as the phone and power and should be available to all Americans, rather than a luxury that does not need close government supervision. ...

...The 184-page ruling also opens a path for new limits on broadband providers beyond net neutrality. Already, the F.C.C. has proposed privacy rules for broadband providers, curbing the ability of companies like Verizon and AT&T to collect and share data about broadband subscribers.

[nytimes.com ]