The Death of Net Neutrality

Read it and weep:

FTC abandons net neutrality

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided to abandon net neutrality and allow telecoms companies to charge websites for access.
The FTC said in a report that, despite popular support for net neutrality, it was minded to let the market sort out the issue.

This means that the organisation will not stand in the way of companies using differential pricing to make sure that some websites can be viewed more quickly than others. The report also counsels against net neutrality legislation.

“This report recommends that policy makers proceed with caution in the evolving dynamic industry of broadband internet access, which is generally moving towards more, not less, competition,” FTC chairman Deborah Platt Majoras wrote.

“In the absence of significant market failure, or demonstrated consumer harm, policy makers should be particularly hesitant to enact new regulation in this area.”

The report has caused outrage in the online community. Many are worried that any abandonment of net neutrality will harm competition, since it will allow big companies to outspend start-ups.

“Mostly the FTC suggests ways that the telephone and cable companies could have new ways to make money from content and applications providers,” said Art Brodsky, of internet advocacy group Public Knowledge.

“Or lower-income subscribers could be charged lower prices, subsidised by ‘prioritization revenues’ much as supported email services now provide free email accounts. Nowhere is there discussion of what the consumer gets out of the deal.”

Once again, the will of the people be damned. Complain louder, perhaps, but this seems a foregone conclusion now.

Read more: FTC’s Net Neutrality Conclusion Predictable, Bye, Bye Net Neutrality, AT&T rigs net neutrality study, AT&T co-sponsors study to determine Net Neutrality is bad


–WKW

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28 responses to “The Death of Net Neutrality

  1. Em

    Well.

    Fuck.

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  4. Jack

    Well that’s a shitty way to start my day. Or the rest of my life.

  5. Aly

    There are no words.

  6. Might as well enjoy the internets while we can, they’re doomed now.

  7. Well, it’s been nice talking with you guys – I guess that before long my computer will be useful as nothing more than a word processor and game platform.

    Gewinn über alle!

  8. Kevin

    I can’t tell whether companies like MS, HP, and Sun which are heading towards trying to sell software as a service to thin clients are going to want to fight this or embrace it.

    I suppose it will come down to “if you make money on the internet, you like it (or absorb and pass on the cost), if you pay money to use the internet, you won’t”.

    Sucky.

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  10. christine

    Well, damn…. It won’t take telecom/cable/whatever to take full advantage of this little report. Note the timing of the release…. They will be able to say that it was released and there were not, or few, comments regarding the changes.

  11. First the onl-line radio royalties thing, and now this.

    And people are counting on the ‘net to save us from the Bushies next election? Yeah, right.

    On the other hand, I’m used to dial-up and things being slow…

  12. The blogosphere is fucked.

  13. Coopster

    “In the absence of significant market failure, or demonstrated consumer harm, policy makers should be particularly hesitant to enact new regulation in this area.”

    This is almost verbatim from the executive order that bush issued in January, but the House is trying to stop.

    The House voted last week to prohibit the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from spending federal money on Executive Order 13422, signed by Bush last January and due to take effect July 24…The order requires federal officials to show that private companies, people or institutions failed to address a problem before agencies can write regulations to tackle it. It also gives political appointees greater authority over how the regulations are written.

    He’s destroying everything.

  14. eastsidekate

    Who needs the blogosphere? I get all the news I need from AOL and Comcast .
    Did you know that Nick Lachey was upset about some nude photos?
    Com-freakin’-castic!!

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  16. Brynn

    Ah jeeze, this is the news I’ve been dreading. I am so furious! Goddamn motherfucking greedy corporations!!! They don’t own enough of the world already?!!

    Corporate forces won’t rest until working people are unnoticeable grit beneath their leviathan tire treads.

    Without the blogosphere, we’ll be forced back to the MSM. Goodbye stories like Stephen Colbert’s appearance before the Washington Press Corp dinner, which would’ve never seen the light of day without the Net.

    Unless Americans take to the streets in massive numbers–and I don’t mean just about this issue, but Iraq, Iran, Libby, habeas corpus, torture, “The VP is not part of the Executive Branch,” and on and on and on–I think you can pretty much write the obit for the American republic.

    Seriously.

  17. Brian

    Yeah, because letting the market solve things has worked so well in the past. Idiots. *smacks the FTC*

  18. Brynn

    I was thinking more about this…I thought it was an FCC matter, not FTC.

    Did the corporations do an end run around the FCC? Or did I have it wrong all along?

  19. Don’t just stand there. Do something. Be a patriot and not a whiner.

    Go to: http://www.speedmatters.org/

    Take the speed test, and send letters to your congresspeople.

    Get informed about the $200 Billion dollar fiber-optic rip-off that the phone companies have perpetrated on YOU.

    http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Ask_this.view&askthisid=186

    Send this information to everyone you know. Flood congress with calls and letters.

    Of all the insidious plots out there, I think this one may well be the worst — Information is Power. If they limit our access to information, they limit our access to power.

    DO SOMETHING TODAY!

  20. It’s not about competition. It’s about censorship, purely and exclusively.

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  23. I’m not a fan of the corporations but:

    This is the stupidest business plan I’ve ever heard!

    First why would a popular site, say google, pay them jack? They are over the top on hits anyway right? Why would they pay? I don’t thin they will.

    Second, google don’t pay they get slowed down right? How long do you think the isp’s phone lines will hold up to the strain of a zillio people pissed off that they can’t “google it fast?”

    I don’t see how these idiots will be able to keep one subscriber with this silliness. Remember the days of “free” isp’s? That was a stupid business plan that failed, and so will this “pay to play fast” idiocy! The real issue is that this plan does NOTHING GOOD FOR THE PAYING END USER! That’s where people will vote it down, by finding other access.

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  24. FTC has no oversight. They didn’t kill Net Neutrality so much as punt on the issue. The fight for an even playing field online is far from dead.

    http://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/2007/06/27/new-ftc-report-fumbles-on-net-neutrality/

  25. “Nowhere is there discussion of what the consumer gets out of the deal.”

    But why should they give a shit about consumers when they can just as easily rape the wallets of the site owners? Welcome to mini-mall web economics.

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  27. TTFD

    To all Canadians please visit http://www.neutrality.ca/ and http://www.michaelgeist.ca/ lets get on this early and often to stop’em in their tracks with a uniquely Canadian approach (to paraphrase our PM) we have a chance with our three party system, the Liberals and NDP just chomping at the bit to take down the Conservatives who have fallen in the polls now before the next election, contact your MPs, support people like:

    —–
    Mr. Speaker, once again, the Minister of Industry is siding with telecommunications giants against consumers and is refusing to apply the principle of net neutrality, which guarantees identical upload or download speeds for anonymous blogs and big business websites alike. Real competition for sure.

    Can the minister make a commitment, here in this House, not to make any decisions that would favour big businesses at the expense of consumers, thus ensuring that the Internet remains a democratic tool?

    – Paul Crête, MP
    —–

    Over the next few weeks keep your eye open here in Toronto, there’ll be posters on the bus shelters, streetcar stops, in the subway etc showing the true intent of the corps on this issue. People must be made aware, fwd the neutrality link around, talk to people, write your reps in gov….our situation up here on this issue is nowhere near as hopeless as south of the border, if only b/c of the Conservatives weak position and our left leaning opposition parties (Liberals and NDP). DO NOT let laziness and lack of an informed public be the reasons why this one slips through.

    TTFD

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