A Washington D.C. Court Gutted Net Neutrality Yesterday

admin-ajax.phpFree market enterprise means that internet telecoms are free to choose what they do and don’t want to allow you to see. The Los Angeles Times writes:

Today’s ruling from a Washington appeals court striking down the FCC’s rules protecting the open net was worse than the most dire forecasts. It was “even more emphatic and disastrous than anyone expected,” in the words of one veteran advocate for network neutrality.

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit thoroughly eviscerated the Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to prevent Internet service providers from playing favorites among websites.

“AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast will be able to deliver some sites and services more quickly and reliably than others for any reason,” telecommunications lawyer Marvin Ammori (he’s the man quoted above) observed even before the ruling came down.”

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    As was foreseen long ago.

    It’s the FCC’s own fault, really. The could have designated ISP’s as “common carriers”–it would have been the most historically consistent thing to do in light of the telephone thing.
    You can say that this was just another plot point in a preplanned campaign to destroy the public’s trust, but it feels too familiarly like the laughable stupidity I soaked in when I was part of the machine. I say ‘stupid’ rather than ‘corrupt’.

    Though I recognize the limited application of the distinction.

  • ÿ

    R.I.P. Interwebz. It was fun while it lasted.

  • Hadrian999

    the cable carrier ISP’s are going to try and kill or extort Netflix and Hulu. and I would bet that sony and microsoft are going to have their online gaming platforms made unplayable without paying a huge amount

    • InfvoCuernos

      They’re already doing it to the consumers with bandwidth regulation. You know these corporations are known for bleeding any situation dry with a sociopathic efficiency.

      • Hadrian999

        my mom has a metered connection, whenever I visit it’s like going back to the 90’s

  • InfvoCuernos

    NO WAY! AT&T implicated in a monopolization conspiracy?!?!? Kinda like what they’ve been doing from the start. Ma Bell with the ill communication.

  • echar

    It’s interesting to me that this has happened soon after Netflix has anounced that they are going to film and stream all their series in HDR 4K.

  • godozo

    Corporate rights trump individual rights again. So predictable.

    Wonder who’ll shove it up to the Supreme Court to give it the supreme imprimatur?

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