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Break up the telecoms, ensure net neutrality

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Big telecom companies are not investing in improved infrastructure and fight fiercely any efforts to force them to improve services. Perhaps breaking them up (as AT&T was broken up) might offer more competition (most markets are in effect local monopolies, with only one telecom active).

In the meantime, telecoms will fight. Jason Koebler reports for Motherboard:

Think this whole net neutrality thing is almost over? It’s not. The president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association said Tuesday that the industry is prepared and ready to sue the hell out of the Federal Communications Commissionin a process that could last up to five more years.

Public sentiment, federal and local governments, and small internet service providers have already begun responding to market forces pushing them to provide faster, indiscriminate service. But the giant telecoms, unsurprisingly, are vowing to litigate the FCC’s new rules, which will take a very long time.

“There’ll likely be an appeal, and litigation with FCC appeals is a pretty long, drawn-out process,” Michael Powell, head of the NCTA, told CNBC. “I would predict it’s at least two and up to five years before the rules are fully and finally settled.”

The NCTA represents Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner, and other major telecom companies. Powell pointed out that we have been talking about net neutrality for quite some time now—it hasn’t just been the last year or so since Verizon won a landmark court case that put the FCC’s existing rules against “fast lanes” and other paid prioritization for certain types of traffic at risk. Before that, there was another debate.

“The current set of net neutrality rules is from 2010. It’s 2015, and we still don’t have a new set, and this debate has gone on for a decade,” he said. . .

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Written by Leisureguy

24 February 2015 at 4:20 pm

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  1. End government enforced monopolies at the state, county, and city regions, and you will open net neutrality, and more competition.


    Brian Dead Rift Webb

    24 February 2015 at 11:24 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Brian By Experience.


    Brian Dead Rift Webb

    24 February 2015 at 11:25 pm

  3. The government actually acts against monopolies—or it has (the break-up of AT&T was done by the government), and it certainly has the power. Indeed, the government is the only force that can fight monopolies, and the natural result of competition, absent government presence, is to create monopolies, and we have repeatedly seen.



    25 February 2015 at 6:35 am

  4. Here’s a good example of how the government fights monopolies, which corporations always strive to achieve.



    26 February 2015 at 4:56 pm

  5. So the move proven inefficient organization (government) is going to create a new service, which will not have to compete with commercial services, because it will inevitably be paid for by money stolen through a process called taxation, which is supposed to create an environment where the internet is better than it would be if they just lifted the government enforced monopolies.

    There is no positive spin on this. It may not be today, or tomorrow, but we will be screwed by this as soon as a politician realizes the power that they just got.

    As I posted on FB, I will say “I told you so.” now, well before the flood of “I told you so.” come in soon.

    Nothing good can come out of government for very long before they figure out how to either screw us, or really screw us “for our benefit”.

    I know I sound highly critical, even to the point to overboard, but Police soldiers, gun laws criminalizing honest people, requiring licensing to sell hair braiding services, and privately owned mini-lending libraries, is the cheap side of my criticism, while the California Coastal train, which is over budged before they even started construction, or the San Diego metro train that is nicknamed the spinkter are the expensive versions. Then there are the repeated attempts by government officials to try to stomp on 1st amendment rights. Or now that the whole thing is under the FCC, how easy is it that one governmnet agency just so happens to share information with NSA who is known to track and snoop on us more than what can be considered sane.

    There is no positive results that I can count on that will come out of this. It will result in the internet being called a utility, and will cause innovation to stagger and even come to a halt for the backbone technology of the internet.


    Brian Dead Rift Webb

    26 February 2015 at 5:26 pm

  6. Okay, I checked out as soon as I read that taxes are “stolen.” Sorry. Apparently you do not believe in law. Anarchy is less attractive to me than to you, it seems.



    26 February 2015 at 5:34 pm

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