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Pai asked in May for public comment on whether the FCC has authority or should keep any regulations limiting internet providers’ ability to block, throttle or offer “fast lanes” to some websites, known as “paid prioritization.” Several industry officials told Reuters they expect Pai to drop those specific legal requirements but retain some transparency requirements under the order. Report: FCC Head Plans to Overturn U.S. Net Neutrality Rules [reuters.com]
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A large number of messages lambasting the Obama-era regulation began appearing on the FCC's public forum with the same text. While it is not unusual for commenters to use form letters provided by activist groups, people began complaining they hadn't submitted the comments that carried their names and identifying information. They were being impersonated.[washingtonpost.com...]
In FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s race to rollback Obama-era net neutrality regulations, it was revealed Wednesday that more than half of the 21.7 million public comments supporting the rule change were likely faked.[fortune.com...]
Well, it's already starting. I guess the ISPs figure they've got the FCC in their pocket now, they can go ahead with their pay tiers.
All over Facebook I'm seeing ads from my ISP about faster speeds for more money. Up until now, there was no throttling. Everyone connected at the same speed. I wonder what other surprises are in store for us?
I have never heard of a US ISP in my Internet years going back to the early 1990s (even before browsers) that didn't have different speed tiers. There was dialup, ISDN and T1 available. ISDN you could get 64Kbps or 128Kbps. With a T1 you could buy a certain number of channels on the line. Then DLS was offered, at different speeds each with a different price. Same with Cable ISP's, Satellite, fiber, etc. Some IPSs you buy based on the bandwidth available, others by the bandwidth used and some by both (for instance all of AT&T's Uverse tiers have a 1 terabyte limit per month, and lower limits for some of their DSL services).
I do not understand why an ISP would feel that they can control what I do with the data/bandwidth I purchaseTheir right to control what we do will soon be absolute.