Twitter - @bobbybigwheel
replies perfectly “Prior to the proliferation of high speed Internet there wasn't much need to enforce neutrality, and once it became prevalent in the early '00s the FCC assumed ISPs would largely avoid discriminating among traffic. Well, that wasn't the case but the methods of doing so were pretty rudimentary by today's standards and streaming services still weren't a big part of the type of traffic they carried. When Obama took office his FCC decided it would take regulatory action to prevent this from happening, so they put in place the Open Internet Order of 2010 which among other things prevented ISPs from discriminating among traffic. The ISPs sued saying that the FCC didn't have the right to regulate them because they were not classified as common carriers and a court agreed. So in 2015 the FCC classified them as common carriers. Now it's 2017 and the FCC wants to give these ISPs the right to discriminate among web traffic. Now, you might say that the 2015 rule stifles competition and decreases investment. Well, I'd say that the physical backbone of the Internet (which the ISPs run) really should be treated as a public good, as we do with telephone infrastructure. Not only for the liberal do-gooder reasons that you probably don't care about, but also because it's vital to the flow of commerce. Software and ecommerce companies have grown based on the expectation that traffic would be treated fairly. Now Comcast or Verizon or Time Warner might try to extort them. Think about the millions of people who work for software, ecommerce or other technology companies. Livelihoods depend on cable companies treating them fairly.
Anyway, you're a fucking moron.”
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