Techdirt Podcast Episode 109: The New FCC

from the net-neutrality-under-fire dept

Net neutrality is at risk. The FCC under Ajit Pai is clearly intent on destroying it, and this is quickly turning into a fight for the future of the internet. This week, we're joined by Gigi Sohn, one of former chairman Tom Wheeler's top advisors at the FCC and now a fellow at the Open Society Foundation, to discuss what's happening at the FCC and what needs to be done in response.

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  • identicon
    kingstu, 14 Feb 2017 @ 2:24pm

    Regulation tends to favor large incumbent firms and stifle innovation while competition forces better service delivery and encourages innovation.

    How about no net neutrality and eliminating noncompetitive ISP monopolies?

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 14 Feb 2017 @ 4:38pm

      Re:

      Regulation tends to favor large incumbent firms and stifle innovation while competition forces better service delivery and encourages innovation.

      Yes. But that ignores that some regulations -- antitrust, and what the FCC was doing here -- are designed to increase competition. There was nothing in the rules that were traditional burdensome "regulation." It was just creating a playing field that made it easier for reasonable competition.

      How about no net neutrality and eliminating noncompetitive ISP monopolies?

      Sure. Now how do you do that without regulation?

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Feb 2017 @ 8:11pm

    At risk?

    Not really. It was aborted, the body crushed under a boot heel, and the bloody remains dumped in an unmarked grave by the Republican Majority.

    Just like their paymasters the Telecom industry wanted done.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2017 @ 5:59am

    TWC and Charter promised the world with their merger. So far the only thing they have delivered is higher prices. Which I knew was going to happen and I was right!!! I'm great at making predictions I suppose, even despite their promises to the contrary.

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