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Old 05-23-17, 09:38 PM   #4
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Re: Net Neutrality under attack - AGAIN

This is what happens when interested parties that do not understand technology are tasked with regulating it: selling out user's privacy, and allowing companies (and political parties) to regulate what users can even see.

Via TechCrunch:
The FCC has just published the notice of proposed rulemaking that would roll back the 2015 Open Internet Order establishing net neutrality. Their first and primary justification for doing this is a way of defining broadband access that’s so backwards it’s ridiculous. It would be funny if the future of the internet didn’t depend on this incredibly disingenuous maneuvering.
After the introductory bloviation and half-told history, the “Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal begins its argument in earnest. The first point they make is regarding the text of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, and how it defines “telecommunications service” (which is how broadband is currently defined) and “information service” (how it was before the net neutrality rule).
Now, I’m going to list the two definitions. Which one do you think sounds like what a broadband provider does?
  1. “The offering of a capability for generating, acquiring, storing, transforming, processing, retrieving, utilizing, or making available information via telecommunications, and includes electronic publishing, but does not include any use of any such capability for the management, control, or operation of a telecommunications system.”
  2. “The transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received.”
Take your time.

Okay. 2, right? Because your ISP doesn’t store the data you post on Facebook, or the address you look up on Google Maps, or the Pope you read about on Wikipedia. It’s edge providers like the ones I just mentioned that do all the “generating, acquiring, storing,” and so on. ISPs just transmit the information, right?
Perhaps it would surprise you, then, to hear that the FCC has the exact opposite idea of how the internet works!
Whether posting on social media or drafting a blog, a broadband Internet user is able to generate and make available information online. Whether reading a newspaper’s website or browsing the results from a search engine, a broadband Internet user is able to acquire and retrieve information online… In short, broadband Internet access service appears to offer its users the “capability” to perform each and every one of the functions listed in the definition — and accordingly appears to be an information service by the definition. We seek comment on analysis.
Oh, you’re going to get comment on that analysis, all right. Let’s just run down the obvious objections.
Go, read the whole thing--there is still time to stop this idiocy from tying our hands and silencing our voices. Those who control access to information, and can stop its dissemination, control the population.
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