Obama’s Net Neutrality
The heyday of Service Provider hedonism will be over if President Obama his way.
This is more or less reflects the tone of Obama’s call for the strictest possible Net Neutrality regulations. While FCC Wheeler and the gang are still closeted away trying to find an amicable solution or at least some middle ground, Obama has come along and flipped the whole cart in the air along with the horse. From the Whitehouse Blog…
- President Obama today asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that says Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all internet traffic equally.
Obama’s Net Neutrality plan calls for 4 “commonsense” steps that “some” service providers already follow:
- No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player—not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business.
- No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling”—based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
- Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
- No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.
I assume what we are seeing are the first shot of the Democratic campaign for 2016. With the midterm elections results so demoralizing for the Democrats, I figure they want to back some key issues to differentiate themselves and garner support with their traditional constituents. What could be more people friendly than Net Neutrality? Now the issue is firmly on the political agenda, the FCC will pretty much be a lame duck until after the 2016 elections. Not that they were particularly in a hurry to deliver a decision anyway.
So more waiting ahead for the industry while the politicians go through their warm-up exercises for the serious mud-slinging to come. I guess we should spare a thought for the rest of the world while they are looking on and probably thinking who the hell gave the US to right to regulate the Internet either way?
More Here… [Whitehouse]