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    The FCC is putting forward regulations to prevent data filtering by ISPs and is applying them to many more types of providers then was hoped.

    I am still reading up on it, so do not have anything to say on the regs as such.

    But this looks good. Very good possibly.

    Wired has the story here.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2009
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    Saw this earlier today, and while I'm going to love to see the monster ISPs (and particularly the cellular providers) squirm under this, I wonder how much of it will be affected by where the line for the new definition of broadband is (and what side of that line most people fall on).
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      CommentAuthorbjacques
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2009
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    As always, there's more to the story. It could also be interpreted as a free pass to ISPs to unilaterally apply three-strikes rules for suspected (not proven) illegal downloaders.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2009
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    @bjacques - That's already happening, just not a formalized nationwide policy, check your TOS. In fact, the ISP I do support for, a mid-sized independent one, mind you, has already been doing that for a while now. We don't care what you're doing on the network, but if you keep having complaints leveled against your connection, we'll tell you to clean things up and drop you if it continues. I don't see anything in the speech explicitly stating that things are going to change in that regard, just that they'll continue to pursue action against infringers.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2009
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    And now, somewhat unsurprisingly, 6 GOP senators have introduced an amendment to an appropriations bill preventing the FCC from getting funding for any initiative to uphold Net neutrality.
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      CommentAuthorbjacques
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2009
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    I wonder how that will play out. Add another half-dozen or so Blue Dogs to support it, threaten to filibuster if the amandement is removed, and Senate Majority Leader says he can't get the 60 votes for cloture, so the amendment passes. That couldn't happen, could it? If it does, you'll be able to hear me banging my head on my desk.