Breaking News: FCC approves plan to allow for paid priority on Internet

May 15, 2014

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The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of advancing a proposal that would allow for broadband providers to charge additional amounts towards companies that wish to be given access at faster speeds.

“The plan, approved in a three-to-two vote along party lines, could unleash a new economy on the Web where an Internet service provider such as Verizon would charge a Web site such as Netflix for the guarantee of flawless video streaming.

Smaller companies that can’t afford to pay for faster delivery would likely face additional obstacles against bigger rivals. And consumers could see a trickle-down effect of higher prices as Web sites try to pass along new costs of doing business with Internet service providers.” - Washington Post

As the Washington Post notes, the proposal is not a final rule. The next phase will be four months of public comments, after which the commissioners will vote again on redrafted rules that are meant to take into account public opinion.

Comments

  • Nathan Borup

    We have a bunch of idiots in charge…

    • MasterMuffin

      You voted them :)

      • Nathan Borup

        I did not

      • uh

        Me neither.

      • Phil Rigby

        No, some of us didn’t – but we’re stuck with the consequences of media and liberal bias.

        • MasterMuffin

          Why didn’t you vote then?

          • Nathan Borup

            I did vote, I just didn’t vote for them

          • MasterMuffin

            Doesn’t the president nominate the 5 commissioners that lead FCC?

          • Mur

            Yep, but they must also be confirmed by the Senate, like all cabinet members. Also, a maximum of 3 can be members of the same political party, and they can’t have any financial interest in the stuff the FCC regulates.

          • Phil Rigby

            I’m a resident of the US, not a citizen. I can’t vote. But if I could it wouldn’t of been for him.

          • MasterMuffin

            Oh okay

        • flonker

          “Net neutrality is imaginary baloney, there is no need for an open internet.” – Republican appointed FCC Commishioner

          Hmm. I hope we’re stuck with more consequences of liberal bias.

        • Butch Croan

          Phil WTF are you talking about ? Idiots like you who blame everything on liberals, and the media is exactly the problem. Do tu consider the FOx Noise craps you watch the media ?? I suggest before you prove your ignorance anymore you look up exactly which party voted to destroy net neutrality! I suggest you further investigate that weasel Tom Wheeler as this is his bad idea to allow Verizon to hold Netflix hostage. Please keep your ignorance and hatred to your Klan meetings or Duck Dynasty rallies.

      • flonker

        If you think “voting” plays any significant role in determining the laws and regulations of any sector of the US government, then good luck with that. Last time I checked it has everything to do with money; specifically, the transfer of it from one pocket to the next.

        • MasterMuffin

          Well I live in one of the least corrupted countries in the world, so… Sucks for you :P

          • flonker

            Denmark? Finland? Sweden? New Zealand?

            FYI: The US ranks about 19th.

          • MasterMuffin

            Suomi perkele :)

          • Mur

            ignore flonker he’s an idiot :P, while there is a lot of “legal corruption”, direct voting is the final word. Voting does change stuff, but it’s a slow process. But hey, midterm elections are very soon, so we can all take the chance to vote in some freedom loving congressmen :D. Also, a lot of people are too lazy to get off their ass and phone/email their representatives to show their opposition or *gasp* support if they’re doing the right thing.

          • flonker

            Yeah, “legal corruption” is way better than the alternative. USA! USA!

            Have fun voting out appointed officials during the next midterm elections. Let me know how that works for you.

          • Mur

            do you not understand how the gov’t works?

            First off, the senate (senators are directly voted in) confirms presidential appointed officials. So yeah if we all vote in good senators they can go ahead and choose good officials.
            Secondly, all it takes a law passed by congress to enforce net neutrality. If at least 50% of representatives that are present support it, we’re good. That’s how voting can allow you to get good internet.

          • MasterMuffin

            And young people don’t care. They should really try to make politics more interesting! We’ll see how this goes and hopefully the parlament of EU (or whatever it’s called) doesn’t get any ideas from this!

          • ghetto McKee

            Just out of curiosity are you in new Zealand?

          • MasterMuffin

            The answer is 3 comments above yours :)

          • RaptorOO7

            Must be your own private island since no country is corruption free.

          • MasterMuffin

            “One of the least”

          • Arturo Raygoza

            its not about who anyone voted for or blaming republicans or domocrats, its a plan that was long ago designed to destroy free speech and real news from the internet. it will happen slowly and Netflix is the only example they use. but rest assured that in the future if your site criticizes the government they will be shut down, by slowing their speeds at first to totally blocking them. and you laughing at us blaming US the citizens is what they want you to do until the same comes to your country. you are usually a smart commenter but not on this one.

      • Guest123

        He’s appointed.

        But the idiots that appointed him were “voted into office.” Though I’m fully aware how easy it is to rig an election here, and how corrupt it is.

        • Mur

          Because rigging a presidential/congressional election is sooo easy.

          • Guest123

            It actually is. Once you vote your ballot card is put into a “locked box.” That locked box is then picked up by some person at the end of the day and thrown into the back of his/her truck, and off they go. Not hard at all to replace the ballots and box. And all we have to do to realize this is look to Chicago and how many dead people used to vote.

      • RaptorOO7

        Who says we voted for these idiots and the FCC is by appointment not an elected office, it was it would be even worse.

      • smokebomb

        The rich funded them, and then they were “voted for.” Average citizens have very little power left, if any at all.

    • Guest123

      Wheeler is a wireless industry lobbyist, among spending most of his adult life working for the wireless industry. Is anyone surprised he’s pushing through favorable laws for them?

      US government has become a circle jerk between corporate America and the government, leave one and go work for the other, round and round we go.

  • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

    This is all I will say.

    • Teic

      Seems about right.

  • Toss3

    So basically every ISP will start to throttle everything, and when people start to complain they’ll just say “Well it’s not our problem”.

  • ugh

    Idiots! Who is running this nut-case nation? Got to get rid of these criminals, thugs and two-faced power freaks! Man am I pissed! I might have to move to Singapore.

    • Gurpreet

      In India some ISP do the opposite of this, instead of throttling they uncapped the bandwidth limit for better user experience, sites like all major video sharing,all famous freeware software download sites, Play store, nvidia, microstsoft sites and many more for free of cost n they r do`in this for couple of years now at least in my area and they even have torrents servers setup for caching for faster downloading :P one can pay as little as ~$5 pm n get all those above mentioned facility with base plan of 512kbps

    • Jason

      @ ugh WE are. The American electorate. We voted these bozos into office. Dummycrats, Republicants, etc. WE THE PEOPLE of America are to blame for the disfunction in Washington DC. We need to only look at ourselves, our own disfunctions at home. We vote for people who are most like us, not who will do the best job. Lets face it, everyone who works as a politician, is NOT working for the American people. They work for special interests. Case in point. Rep Darrell Issa in California is worth over $220 MILLION while he represents a district that has a median income of a mere $77,000 a year. Mr. Issa doesn’t relate to average person because of his wealth, so who does he cater to? America is not a free nation by any stretch of the imagination. We are $16 TRILLION dollars and growing in debt each day. MY lifetime debt owed to America just by being born is over $310,000 since birth. Kids being born today are already in the negative. How can America operate this way, and continue to pay the world, start wars, while neglecting WE THE PEOPLE!

  • ugh

    Can someone pls start a grass roots campaign with Jeff Bezos to get tech leaders to commit to supporting libertarian politicians who agree with tech freedom? Dems and Repubs are a waste of time since they have been bought out. There are some libertarians in both established parties we can hold up.

    • David Bowline

      Oh yes. Libertarians….that’s the answer, Lol.

  • Moose

    The title of this article is misleading and clearly click bait. It suggests the plan has passed and is final. It has not, and is not. It’s simply now officially open for pushing luck debate. The possibility of Title 2 also passed with it. But of course let’s not mention that.

    Dissapointed in you Android Authority.

    • Moose

      *public

    • http://www.androidauthority.com/author/wneilsonjr/ William Neilson Jr.

      I am not sure what is misleading about it. The vote occurred and is final now by a 3-2 vote. The plan next goes to public comment (amongst other things as stated in the article).

      What is misleading about that?

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  • Duc Tuan

    Watching porn will be in slow motion :)

  • Luka Mlinar

    Let’s not forget Amazon just made a patent of taking images with a white background.

  • Butch Croan

    The vote went along party lines ? Surprise surprise !! The Republicans voted in favor of the companies who have more money. The Republicans prove once again if you don’t have money you are not important to them !!! Everyone who knows Tom Wheelers background as a high paid lobbyist knew exactly what he was going to do !!!!

  • smokebomb

    “four months of public comments, after which the commissioners will vote again on redrafted rules that are meant to take into account public opinion.”

    That is the dumbest fucking process. Why not delay the FIRST vote, redraft with public opinion considered, and then vote. Fuck the FCC. This shouldn’t even be up for a vote. As usual, the corporations control everything including the “representatives” of the citizens in congress.

  • KUSH

    My letter to the leaders of the FCC and Tom Wheeler:

    Did any of you consult with your IT department or anybody in the tech field before voting on the net neutrality policy? I have a hard time believing my government appointed officials here to represent the people are really representing the people on this issue. The rest of the U.S. and everybody I know in my field of work (system administrator / network administrator) is COMPLETELY against this measure. Yet the FCC just voted to move ahead with it. I tend to stay away from political affairs but do you guys really expect me to believe these votes were for the best interest of the people? I urge you all to ask around in the tech community… talk to your IT guy… I guarantee each and every one of those people will be against this measure. Either you guys are completely brain dead or your pockets were filled very nicely …. I’d like to think you can still make this right.

  • vosg

    This is disgusting. Bandwidth for the rich. The rest of us can go to hell.