Back when creating the net neutrality rules was being discussed, myself and others argued that while the concept of net neutrality was positive, realizing it through more regulations when existing regulations had failed was unlikely to succeed. We argued that in order of regulations to work, people need to be paying attention to the issue and when people stopped paying attention to it, the industry would come in and change the rules again.
We argued the only long term solution was to find a way to naturally allow more competition in the market since that system can largely self regulate without constant maintenance. This is genuine market competition, not artificial divide-up-ma-bell competition.
Now we have a case where net metrology rules were enacted, including rules that limit new players coming in to the market and favors companies with industry lawyers that understand the mountain of regulations, and the industry comes in and guts the neutrality regulations and leaves the cronie shell.
Since the exact predicted scenario is playing itself out, just as it has before, I don't know how, in good faith, it can continue to be argued that net neutrality rules will work or were a good idea in the first place.
Personally I don't like ToS's at all and I think there should be a movement to reject them, that being said it lawyers could be adding stuff to them to keep themselves employed or there might actually be case-law where putting in your ToS "Can't use this service for illegal activity" saved them liability. Why does that line even need to exist? Busy work? Not sure.
Despite having first amendment rights and the FCC being a government institution they've still been able to enact decency regulations over common carriers for the last 50 years, listening to complaints from various "family organizations" that spawn an incredibly disproportionate amount of complaints to the FCC and have generate billions in fines to broadcasters. I worry what'll happen when broadband is reclassified and the internet is now subject to decency regulations in the US.
I'm reading the Title II and I see "different charges may be made for the different classes of comunications" can anyone explain how Title II reclassification prevents charging different rates for different classes of communication?
If you're talking Net Neutrality the concept you may have some points. If you're talking FCC title 2 reclassification I disagree. All entities under title 2 are compelled more strongly to comply with law enforcement. Any hope of having your ISP retain your anonyminity from a law enforcement agency that has not yet sought a court order will probably go away if reclassified.
It seems like there's a fairly large barrier to expansion in SEC. 214. [47 U.S.C. 214] "No carrier shall undertake the construction of a new line or of an extension of any line, or shall acquire or operate any line, or extension thereof, or shall engage in transmission over or by means of such additional or extended line, unless and until there shall first have been obtained from the Commission a certificate that the present or future public convenience and necessity require or will require the construction"
I see nothing in the way of protecting from charging different rates for different classes of internet traffic specifically after reading SEC. 201. [47 U.S.C. 201] b "different charges may be made for the different classes of comunications:"
The act makes specific mention that common carries *must* turn over information for law enforcement SEC. 229. [47 U.S.C. 229] so any hope that your ISP might not not collect or log your traffic is gone.
It seems that placing ISPs under Title 2 of the FCA is incredibly short-sighted and anti-privacy.
With wireless CDMA systems there are three plain limits at work, the link capacity out of the cell tower, the link capacity of a single handset to the tower, and the maximum number of individual handsets that can be connected to the tower, an idle connection still takes a certain amount of resources to stay connected, this is how your handset gets found if there's an incoming call.
It's quite easy to understand that the maximum link capacity of an individual handset times the number of people might exceed the tower's total link capacity.
In fact the problem isn't even that easy, as with most wireless system like wifi etc. the maximum wireless link capacity isn't an on/off switch, it's a gradual increase of errors resulting in dropped packets or codec errors approaching a point where the quality degrades to unacceptable or the codec can no longer correct errors.
'Throttling' in the vernacular implies slowing an individual handset's speed when the tower's link is not being reached.
QoS is technical throttling when we're hitting hard limits of the hardware at hand.