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1 simoom  May 15, 2014 1:05:20pm

Franken (and most of the media coverage) is over-simplifying this. Net Neutrality already was dead, per the courts, and these proposed rules are a weak attempt to regulate some of the fallout, while still surviving judicial review.

ArsTechnica: “The FCC doesn’t have to authorize Internet fast lanes—they’re already legal”

The real issue is that nearly everyone in power is leery of reclassifying ISPs as common carriers (justifiably or not), and that’s probably the only way the FCC would be able to have any of these rules stick. The other option is Net Neutrality through legislation, which many Dems in congress and the president support, but it clearly would be blocked in the house and filibustered in the senate.

2 Randall Gross  May 15, 2014 2:34:24pm

The comment period for proposed new rules opened today, here’s a link to the real deal if you really think he’s oversimplifying:

Scribd Document

3 Randall Gross  May 15, 2014 2:37:00pm

The other news is that some in the FCC had to vote without reading the proposal…

Scribd Document


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