ibusinesslines.com
ibusinesslines.com October 18, 2018


Saratoga Springs council opposes repeal of net neutrality laws

07 December 2017, 05:23 | Kelvin Horton

Saratoga Springs council opposes repeal of net neutrality laws

Saratoga Springs council opposes repeal of net neutrality laws

But the FCC said it will stick to its December 14 plan to repeal the net neutrality rules that prevent Internet Service Providers from throttling or blocking content online, and prohibit ISPs from prioritizing some content over others, possibly for payment.

In response to the 28 Democratic senators who urged the agency on Monday to postpone the vote, the FCC said in a statement to Ars Technica that it was "just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed Internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day as their effort to defeat Chairman [Ajit] Pai's plan to restore Internet freedom has stalled".

"Repealing net neutrality would allow internet service providers to restrict access to certain types of services or information at their discretion, and charge local residents and businesses more to access certain websites and apps, all of which the City Council is united against", said Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan.

"[Currently] Verizon, who is a part of the same company as Yahoo, can not slow Google dramatically because they would prefer you to use Yahoo...which they are economically tied to".


So, what is net neutrality and why are people so worked up about it? "Any business practice that would affect the offering of a service has to be disclosed to the consumers, and entrepreneurs can understand exactly how these businesses are operated". To public-interest watchdogs and much of Silicon Valley, however, it's the stuff of nightmares.

A Verizon spokesman said consumers had a favorable opinion of the company because it prioritized service over policy debates. Internet service providers, such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, must treat all data on the Internet the same. Instead, Congress continues to turn a blind eye as their appointee dismantles equal access to the internet.

And that makes sense.

Back in May 2014, Pai himself complained that the FCC was moving too fast on net neutrality changes. In that case, we believe there should at least be places where we can access unbiased internet like public libraries and schools. "Net neutrality basically stops [the ISP's] ability to regulate the speed and what information is provided to users".



Other News

Trending Now

Quake hits Uttarakhand, tremors felt in Delhi, Haryana
However, no casualties have reported yet; the reports suggested Uttrakhand was the epicentre of the quake . An quake of 5.5 magnitude on the Richter Scale jolted Delhi- National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday.

'Islamist' terrot plot to assassinate UK PM Theresa May foiled
Four have been successful, including the May attack that killed 22 following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. The IRA had previously targeted prime minister Margaret Thatcher at the Conservative conference in Brighton in 1984.

Hornets head coach steps away from team to address health
Hornets head coach Steve Clifford is taking a leave of absence "to address his health", the team announced Wednesday . An indefinite timetable to return invites speculation about Clifford's health, and his status going forward.

Putin to seek 4th term as president
Putin was forced to resign for which his subordinate Dmitry Medvedev was appointed as the President of Russian Federation . The challenge for Putin is not other candidates - nobody looks capable of unseating him.

Air pollution, smog may permanently damage children's brain, warns UNICEF report
The report urges parents to reduce children's exposure to harmful chemicals, including from tobacco products and cooking stoves. Seventeen million babies worldwide live in areas where air pollution runs six times the recommended limit, UNICEF reports.

Airlines restrict smart bags over lithium-ion battery fire risk
Smart luggage bags have features like USB ports that can be used to charge phones or laptops, motors, and tracking systems. If the bag will fly as a checked bag, the battery must be removed and the battery must be carried in the cabin.

Former Houston Oiler Warren Moon accused of sexual harassment in lawsuit
As an Eskimo, Moon won two Grey Cup MVP awards and became the first professional football player to pass for 5,000 yards in 1982. He was arrested in 1995 after his wife, Felicia, told police that he slapped and choked her in their Houston home.