Net Neutrality Consumer Implications

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski may be leaning toward keeping broadband services deregulated, a move that industry watchdogs claim would be a Net Neutrality killer. The rumors around Genachowski’s position on broadband regulation comes as the chairman is weighing his response to a court ruling last month that found that the FCC does not have the authority to require Comcast (CMCSA) (and other broadband providers) to treat all Internet traffic the same on its network

Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon can slow down, block, or censor content at will. They can block any website, any blog post, any tweet, any outreach by a political campaign — and the FCC is powerless to stop them. Without reclassification, nearly every broadband-related decision the FCC makes from here forward will be aggressively challenged in court, and the FCC will likely lose. The phone and cable companies know this, which is why they’re going all out to keep the FCC from doing so. Read more

If you think cable TV stinks now with their ridiculous tiered pricing, take a look at what could happen if they succeed at smacking down net neutrality. The concept of net neutrality seems like some kind of dry political issue, but when you see what could happen if big telecom gets its way, it hits home.

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