Well the rat bastards did it....they passed a "net neutrality" without knowing what it is......Remember Obungler care......Same thing. How much longer before us conservative bloggers start vanishing, losing our connection, or we can't find information anymore that is critical of the "Dear Leader" and his group of minions, crooks and hustlers.
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Internet service providers
like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the
“public interest” when providing a mobile connection to or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission.
The plan, which puts the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone and bans
practices that are “unjust or unreasonable,” represents the biggest
regulatory shakeup to the industry in almost two decades. The goal is to
prevent providers from slowing or blocking web traffic, or creating
paid fast lanes on the Internet, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
The 3-2 vote was expected to trigger industry lawsuits that could
take several years to resolve. Still, consumer advocates cheered the
regulations as a victory for smaller Internet-based companies which
feared they would have to pay “tolls” to move their content.
Verizon said in a statement — which was originally released in Morse code — that the FCC’s move imposes 1930s rules on the Internet.
“The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly
unnecessary. The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open
Internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt
300-plus pages of broad and open-ended regulatory arcana that will have
unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the
Internet ecosystem for years to come,” Verizon said.
Net neutrality is the idea that websites or videos load at about the
same speed. That means you won’t be more inclined to watch a particular
show on Amazon Prime instead of on Netflix because Amazon has struck a
deal with your service provider to load its faster.
Opponents, including many congressional Republicans, said the FCC
plan constitutes dangerous government overreach that would eventually
drive up consumer costs and discourage industry investment.
Speaker John Boehner denounced the vote in a statement.
“Overzealous government bureaucrats should keep their hands off the
Internet. Today, three appointed by President Obama approved a secret
plan to put the federal government in control of the Internet,” Boehner
said in a statement. “The text of the proposal is being kept hidden from
the American people and their elected representatives in Congress, and
the FCC’s chairman has so far refused to testify about it. This total
lack of transparency and does not bode well for the future of a free and open Internet, not to mention the millions of Americans who use it every day.”
Republican FCC Commissioners Mike O’Rielly and Ajit Pai, who voted
against the plan, alleged that President Barack Obama unfairly used his
influence to push through the regulations, calling the plan a
“half-baked, illogical, internally inconsistent and indefensible
Michael Powell, a former Republican FCC chairman who now runs the
National Cable and Telecommunications Association, warned that consumers
would almost immediately “bear the burden of new taxes and increased
costs, and they will likely wait longer for faster and more innovative since investment will slow in the face of bureaucratic oversight.”
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee,
said he would pursue industry-friendly legislation, although it was
unlikely that Obama would sign such a bill. The FCC’s five commissioners
are expected to testify before a Senate panel March 18.
“One way or another, I am committed to moving a legislative solution,
preferably bipartisan, to stop monopoly-era phone regulations that harm
Internet consumers and innovation,” Thune said in a statement this
President Barack Obama personally tweeted from the White House
account that millions of Americans made their voices heard on the FCC