Re: Net Neutrality Ending June 11

Mike Thomas

But Gene, doesn't it also mean that if you don't wish to pay a higher rate for your services, they can throttle back your speed to those websites?

----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:57 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Net Neutrality Ending June 11

That isn't what net neutrality means.  It means that communications companies can charge different rates for different levels of streaming capacity.  It has nothing to do with what a web site does nor what the laws are regarding accessibility.  Those are completely separate questions.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Net Neutrality Ending June 11

You still haven't answered my question.  How does the end of net neutrality
benefit us consumers?  On the contrary, companies will be free to impose
fees to visit their sites or else make their web pages load very slowly
unless you pay a fee.  And some companies may even go so far as to interpret
the end of net neutrality as an excuse not to make their web sites
accessible to screen readers, because they believe that they will no longer
be required to provide the same access to their web sites for blind computer
users as they do for sighted users. In other words, the Internet will no
longerbe be equal or "neutral" to all.   But we still have the ADA to
protect us, right?  Maybe so, but the end of net neutrality may weaken it as
far as web site accessibility is concerned.  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has
already made it clear that he doesn't give a sh-t what consumers, blind or
sighted alike, think.  So be careful what you wish for.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Mehler
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 5:34 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Net Neutrality Ending June 11

IMO this is a good thing.


On 5/10/18, Loy <loyrg2845@...> wrote:
> Gerald,
> I will answer with this question, how did  Net Neutrality benefit any
> consumer? We were just fine before the government stepped in.
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: Dennis L
>   To:
>   Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:53 PM
>   Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Net Neutrality Ending June 11
>   I agree.
>   From: [] On Behalf
> Of Loy
>   Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:47 PM
>   To:
>   Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Net Neutrality Ending June 11
>   I believe this to be a good thing.
>     ----- Original Message -----
>     From: Dennis L
>     To:
>     Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:41 PM
>     Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Net Neutrality Ending June 11
>     There is no guarantee what you claim will happen.
>     -----Original Message-----
>     From: [] On
> Behalf
> Of
>     Rob Hudson
>     Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:17 PM
>     To:
>     Subject: [TechTalk] Net Neutrality Ending June 11
>     Well, what we all feared was going to happen is in fact now happening.
> Looks
>     like net neutrality is going to die soon. How much longer will it be
> before
>     you have to pay to go on certain websites like Facebook?
>     Below is the article:
>     Link:
>     Article text
>     # # #
>     Net neutrality set to end on June 11
>     Seth Fiegerman
>     The Federal Communications Commission said in a notice filed Thursday
> that
>     new rules repealing the net neutrality protections are set to take
> effect 30
>     days from this Friday, or June 11.
>     "Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations
> will be
>     repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the
> online
>     world well for nearly 20 years will be restored," Ajit Pai, chairman
> of
> the
>     FCC, said in a statement Thursday.
>     The Republican-led FCC voted along party lines in December to repeal
> the
>     Obama-era net neutrality rules, which were intended to prevent
> internet
>     providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to
> specific
>     online services.
>     The FCC previously said that parts of the repeal order would take
> effect
> on
>     April 23. The rest of the order required the approval of the Office of
>     Management and Budget, which the FCC says it received earlier this
> month.
>     The new timeline comes as net neutrality advocates make a last ditch
> effort
>     to undo the repeal.
>     Related: Trump administration sends mixed messages on big media Senate
>     Democrats are currently pushing for a vote on a bill to overturn the
>     decision as soon as next week. Even if the resolution passes the
> Senate,
> it
>     still faces an uphill battle in the House.
>     Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, recently
> told
>     that the future of net neutrality will likely "stay murky" through the
>     remainder of this calendar year, "at the very least."
>     More than 20 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the net neutrality
> repeal.
>     Several states, including New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and
> California,
>     have gone so far as to push legislation to enforce the principles of
> net
>     neutrality within their borders.
>     This local legislation could lead to a legal showdown, however.
>     A spokeswoman for the FCC previously directed CNNMoney to a section of
> the
>     final order for net neutrality, in which the FCC asserts authority to
>     prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality
>     repeal.
>     "It's patently illegal for the states to make their own internet
> policy,"
>     says Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise
> Institute
>     who served on President Trump's transition team for the FCC.
>     Layton expects telecommunications companies will sue the states if
> they
> try
>     to enforce the protections.


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