On net neutrality

The USA has handed the Federal Communications Commission, via the “general conduct” rules, a massive amount of control of and discretion in the way in which ISPs handle Internet traffic. It presumes that the FCC has the actual best interests of American consumers at heart, and is intelligent and foresighted enough to apply the rules to that effect. Given the past history of government agencies in customer service and in being effectively captured by the industries they are supposed to regulate, this seems… unwise.

15 thoughts on “On net neutrality”

  1. So Much for Subtlety

    I am in two minds about this. On the one hand we are likely to be screwed by Federal regulations. On the other, we are likely to be stitched up by a cartel of internet heavy weights.

    On the whole I tend to oppose anything Obama supports. But there are arguments on both sides here. The problem is that Obama is unlikely to implement something as simple as the highway’s common carrier rules. It will be a legalistic nightmare designed to enrich lawyers – the largest single group of donors to the Democratic party after all.

  2. “It presumes that the FCC has the actual best interests of American consumers at heart…”


    *pauses for breath*


  3. The political scum want control of the Internet. The battle is now on. They can’t shut it down cos that would do too much financial damage. We need a new net– one that is beyond the shithouse clerks power to control.

    Long ago I read that radio signals can be transmitted around the planet by bouncing them off the constant influx of micro-meteorites that enter Earth’s atmosphere from all directions. It was spoken of as an emergency replacement for satellites–one that can’t be shut down or disrupted. I am not a technical guy but I wonder if that could be the basis of a net that they cannot stop or control–at all.

  4. It’s not good.

    When I worked in the computer industry I saw lots of circumstantial evidence that the FCC took bribes.

  5. Screw bribes. A brazen state takeover of the net and an end to content the state doesn’t like that is the danger. The usual thieving is of little consequence.

  6. All the US agencies (including the Pentagon) are as bent as hairpins. That’s why TI rates the US TI as more corrupt then the UK (its judges & lawyers are less corrupt than ours, pols are about the same).
    Google is doubtless planning that its LEO satellite constellation will bypass the FCC.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    Surreptitious Evil
    February 27, 2015 at 1:04 pm


    No, meteorscatter or meteorburst. Ranges up to about 1200miles.

    Troposcatter uses the troposphere (funnily enough) and has ranges of about 2 x the horizon, if you are lucky.

    Wiki is quite good on both technologies. Radio Society of GB is particularly good on meteorscatter and amateurs were pioneers in the technology.

  8. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are living in a Golden Age.

    As lunatic as our politicians, bureaucrats, and MSM are we can say whatever we want online. We can connect to anyone, anywhere and share truths and exposure of untruths.

    This Golden Age is about to end. And it will be willingly given away by the very ‘Progressives’ who claim they defend it.

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    Mr E,

    The short answer is no.

    It’s a very long time since I did anything serious on the technology but having a quick look round there hasn’t been any great advances. The restriction is total capacity, you get a meteor trail every 4-20 seconds and it lasts about 0.5 seconds. It would be like going back to dial up but with longer delays.

  10. Funny how lefties are infinitely credible that a law/policy will do exactly what it says on the tin when it’s from the Dems, but are infinitely sceptical when it comes from the repubs.

  11. Until we know what is actually in the regs, all is speculation.

    Is likely to be crap? Yes. But we don’t know yet.

    My son thinks it is supposed to crush the monopolistic actions of Comcast, but he readily admits it will kill development and extension of service to new customers for 5 years, because of impossible bandwidth requirements. But I told him, too, it is just speculation at this point in time.

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