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JohnDrake
JohnDrake
4/30/2019 3:30:00 PM
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I understand
I can understand why trade groups would not want this legislation, because why would they not want to be able to charge different rates to different tiers of customers? There are usually those who can and would pay more, but with a flat rate, the extra value from those groups cannot be obtained. Still, the legislation passed in the House, I believe, but probably won't in the Senate, or be signed by the President.

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Alisonís Wonderland
Alisonís Wonderland
4/16/2019 9:50:07 AM
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Re: That's Nice!!!
Exactly: There are lobbying groups on both sides of this issue. Ajit Pai's "statistics" on operator spending pre/post 2015 have been debunked and shown for cyclical, business-generated budget decisions vs. regulatory decisions. Since cases from Wheeler's day are still in court, it's difficult to get het up about this issue from an FCC vs. Mozilla vs. trade groups POV. Rather, I think it will come down to legislators and when that happens, it's all going to depend on who's in office with the most power to get something done. As several BBWN readers have said on different article comments to various net neutrality stories, the US government is pretty much at a stalemate right now so it's difficult to imagine any law will happen soon -- and that means we'll continue as-is for the foreseeable future.

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
4/16/2019 7:53:26 AM
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Re: That's Nice!!!
As noted the House stands against both the Senators and the White House in this battle. it's going to be a windfall for lawyers and lobbyists who get paid no matter what, but consumers will still probably end up in the mud in this industry led battle defending their interests for years to come.

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Duh!
Duh!
4/11/2019 12:01:12 PM
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It's complicated
The 2015 order defined something called "Broadband Internet Access Service" (BIAS). BIAS is the service that consumers and small businesses buy to, well, connect to the Internet. As I understand it, the no blocking/no throttling/no paid prioritization prohibitions apply only within BIAS, not to supporting physical (and virtual) facilities. What this means is that a broadband provider can sell, say, a public safety service that is distinct from BIAS and have it share network resources with BIAS under non-Best Effort policy. AT&T's FirstNet/Band 14 is a good example. Network slicing is another. That's not the same as selling BIAS to consumers and then selling Diffserv Class Selector (ex-TOS) bits to the highest bidder.

I would have preferred a different framework, but this one is cohesive and addresses the competition and consumer protection issues that it's supposed to.

In any event, the real policy issue isn't the three prohibitions, but rather whether BIAS providers should be subject to any kind of regulatory oversight by the FCC. The legal issue is whether the FCC reversed itself without proper process reasonable justification. The policy piece is bound to stalemate in the Senate because of the majority's reflexive opposition to regulation. The legal piece will be decided in the next few months; I expect that like most of this administration's anti-regulatory efforts, it will be overturned.

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
4/10/2019 2:11:39 AM
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That's Nice!!!
...The question, though, is this:  what are they going to do about it beyond writing letters? 

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