Killing Net Neutrality Till It’s Even More Dead

(Courtesy: Flickr user Steve Rhodes, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, from The Nation blog)

(Courtesy: Flickr user Steve Rhodes, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, from The Nation blog)

Not long ago, the Supreme Court struck down net neutrality laws that said you couldn’t impede data from one provider being transmitted to the customer by another. At first, major players like Netflix were vocal about resisting the inevitable wave of profiteering from ISPs, but they soon went back on their commitment to a free and open internet. In particular, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast to make sure its data – your streaming movies – kept moving quickly on the information superhighway.

Now, it looks like the FCC’s going to sanction this kind of arrangement as the way forward for the internet.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s President just signed an Internet Bill of Rights into law.

Go U.S.A.

Also of interest:

  • Netflix’s blog on why pay-for-play is bad. (I’d have a lot more faith in them if they hadn’t said they’d fight tooth and nail against degredation of Net Neutrality post-SCOTUS case, then turned around to fork cash to Comcast, but hey, apparently we consumers have to take what we can get these days.)

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