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The FCC actions today are not nearly as sinister and straightforward as that, Angela. In fact there actually are some good things in the new regulations. The problem is that the FCC has not been given any AUTHORITY to regulate or control the internet, and that is where the rub comes. In simplistic terms the rules they adopted are actually an effort to keep ISP providers and "gateways hosts" from restricting or re-directing traffic in order to free up their own bandwidth.
I find it interesting that the Republicans that are objecting to this are doing so on the basis of the business models it may affect (for instance it may have a adverse effect on the profits of some of the big phone companies, as they will not be able to filter out high-volume users and limit their bandwidth. But this had already been addressed in the confrontation between Comcast and Congress last year. It also will keep ISP's from blocking or restricting web-based computer programs like voice-over net (Skype-LIvetalk, p2p based software, etc). Some ISP's were limiting this type broadband use, even if they offered unlimited bandwidth otherwise.
I don't think anyone can really say what the effects of this will ultimately be - and whether congress will allow this to stand. They can reign in the FCC if they choose to do so. Time will tell.
What many of us fear is the "slippery slope" effect of things, and that these new rules could in fact be used to control the type and quantity of information at some future point in time. That is the opposite of what is being stated in these rules, however. It will be interesting to see how they may be manipulated at some future time . But for now this does not appear to be the "Total Seizure of the Internet" that many are broadcasting.
I hope that sheds a little light on the subject. For the immediate future, these rules will have no bearing on content or sites like TCUnation, in spite of the ominous-sounding name of Net-Neutrality. As long as the FCC holds to the position that the Internet should be free, open, and unrestricted we can live with these rules. When/if they begin to restrict the message contained in the data transmitted, then we have a BIG issue with it.
There should be NO abridgement of our freedoms, just as our forefathers intended. We shall see WHAT exactly may come from this further enfringement on rights will have down the line - can't be good.
As with many of the agencies that have been established since WWII, the FCC should be disbanded, in my opinion. Government encroachment into every single facet of our lives is the reason for the growing tensions of recent decades. The fool may have the same right to voice his opinions as anyone, but it is that RIGHT that is sacred, and no arm of government or individual representative of such has to right to censure what information may or may not be shared. THAT is the concern in introducing ANY legislative law, policy or even public SUGGESTION in regard to this Natural Right.
Just my perspective...
Semper Vigilo, Paratus et Fidelis
Without doubt, Clint and Angela, it will pay us to be very, very vigilant on this matter. In truth, Congress should have already addressed this and not left it up to the administration to do so. I am sure most of us are somewhat fearful of the potential misuse of power that can be found in any regulatory agency. I don't want anyone to think I am downplaying the significance of this move in terms of the shift in power it represents. The solution is to put pressure on the new congress to enact legislation that limits the power of the FCC and any Administration to control the flow of information. The word to our representatives should be 'Git-er-done!'