FCC Versus Comcast (i.e. Take that, Comcast, Part 2)

I am amazed at the semantics as much as everyone else.  The FCC order blocking traffic shaping has been overturned.    Does this mark the end of Net Neutrallity? Maybe.  In a statement on Broadband.gov ,  Austin Schlick, General Councel for the FCC, is focused on moving forward with funding broadband in rural areas, while according to RadioInk Magazine, Commissioner Michael Copps may be considering classifying Internet access a telecom service.  This would add very aggressive regulations and possibly a Universal Access Fee, in my opinion.  I think this may be a way to fund the Broadband initiatives, but I have mixed feelings on it.  Comcast has stated that they will continue to cooperate with FCC initiatives, which is a plus for everyone.

2 comments

  1. Colin says:

    I read the FCC wanted to increase broadband speeds in the US because out of all the 1st world nations the US has the slowest broadband speeds. FCC control would hopefully mean Net Neutrality in full, better consumer protection laws, and that broadband speed increase.

    I like this blog. I wish the IRC was in use though I was looking for an IT admin IRC channel so I could have people to talk to that I relate to, (Vent user related frustrations of course) and stumbled across this blog in the process. Good stuff!

  2. Mike says:

    Thanks, Colin. I completely agree. I think the ISPs were better off when they measured peoples bandwidth usage, rather than their types of traffic. The IRC is one of those deals where if it doesn’t get used, the channel gets deleted. I don’t have much time during the week to take care of it, as my employer keeps me pretty busy. I’d probably have to give someone Op during the week. I will look into better options for the IRC. I like the concept of having it, but I will have to check into whether freenode will accept this site as a project or not.

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