The impact of the FCC decision to regulate the Internet



Well the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made the decision to regulate the Internet but not everyone is happy about it and in all probability there will be lawsuits. The vote was taken along party lines which should raise some questions. At this point it is not known what this decision involves and the impact whether it overall will be positive or negative. The Internet according to the FCC is a utility but it is not owned by any one individual or country. This technology is spread around the world and is not just in one country.

Government seems to be taking over more control over our lives each day and in the process causing havoc in most everything we do or use. The Internet is a technological wonder and can be considered the information highway of today and far into the future. The language used in making this decision is net neutrality and there are both individuals who feel this decision was the right one and those who feel it was a mistake.

Government in its infinite wisdom feels it needs to be involved in every aspect of our lives and the decisions we make for ourselves and our family. With any technological entity there are always going to be issues to some extent but they are not anything that cannot be resolved by society. It is not understood why this decision was made and we may never really know the true reason, if ever.

Transparency in these types of decisions and why they are made is sadly lacking as the details of this decision was not forthcoming prior to it being made. There are always in most cases going to be positive benefits of this kind of decision but they are also going to be negative ones. It important for the public to know the goal involved in the decision to regulate the Internet and how will it be measured to determine achieving it.

The resources of the government are stretched thin and taking on the Internet is a monumental task. Millions of individuals in this country use this technology and there may be individuals who have complaints about their experiences with certain websites but some individuals are not happy unless they are complaining about something. It is hoped that if lawsuits are filed and reports have indicated they will be that our judicial system will make the right decisions. There needs to be a comparison of the actions taken by the FCC and their authority as defined in the Constitution. If the Constitution has been violated with this action it is the duty of our judicial system to prohibit this action being taken. Any action by any entity of the federal government needs to be evaluated by our court system if lawsuits are generated. If no lawsuit is involved in executive departments or agencies decisions it is the responsibility of Congress to stand up not only for the people but the country.

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gmwilliams 21 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

It is quite unfortunate that the United States government has become even more intrusive of our basic liberties. The government has no place in the private affairs of its citizens.


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lovemychris 21 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

The internet is not private--not by a long shot.Private only seeks to make profit off it.

The cable, airwaves, bandwiths are public property,and as such,must be protected from profiteers,who ruin EVERYTHING.

Private made nothing.They purely seek to gain.And the biggest intruders into your personal life are Google,Facebook, Version,Comcast and ATnT.......

just ask 9-11


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Dennis AuBuchon 21 months ago Author

gmwilliams

Thanks for your comments. I hope that when we find out the details of this action that the public outcry and possibly Congress will take some action.


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Dennis AuBuchon 21 months ago Author

lovemychris

Thanks for your comment. While the Internet is a public entity it does not mean the government needs to get involved with the operations. This technology has been working fine without government getting involved with making decisions about the activities of those who use it. If our rights are being violated there are laws on the books where government can take action just like anything else.


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peoplepower73 21 months ago from Placentia California

As I understand it, it's about service providers throttling back bandwidth, that consumers were already using at a lower fee and then making them pay more for the same bandwidth they were already using.

It's like having toll roads adjacent to freeway lanes or it's like paying to listen to the radio, which is governed by the FCC.

As far as the internet goes, it was developed by the U.S. government for military defense purposes. The government then opened it up to the public. Just google DARPA and CERN. You may be surprised what you find.

Here is a link to an excellent article on Net Neutrality: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2890097/the-fccs-ne...


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Dennis AuBuchon 21 months ago Author

peoplepower73

Thanks for commenting I will check out the link. Where did you find the information that the Internet was developed by the government?


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peoplepower73 21 months ago from Placentia California

The internet was developed during the cold war by DARPA which stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It was developed so that in case we were attacked by the Soviet Union, we would still have a way of communicating with the military and people of higher learning in universities and other places. The architecture of the internet is such that if a path is blocked to a destination it will still find a way of getting there. That's what routers and packet switching does. CERN is a European agency that developed the first browsers in order to give the internet an interface. Just google any of those terms and you will see what I'm talking about.


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Dennis AuBuchon 21 months ago Author

peopepower73

Again thanks for your comments and input. I always appreciate all contributions to my hubs.


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wba108@yahoo.com 21 months ago from upstate, NY

It is chilling that the government would threaten the freedom of one of the most wildly successful enterprises the world has ever known, that being the internet. The reason of course is power, politicians know if they can use their agencies to regulate the internet, they can also create exemptions for their favored constituents. Being able to do this this creates enormous power which politicians will use for their own purposes.


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tsadjatko 21 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

The real problem here, besides these run amok fascist government regulators and administration, is the companies involved with the internet who support these regulations (some are regretting that) and the only way to take back the power from them and the government is to call for a nationwide boycott of the internet.

If the majority of the public and companies who oppose these regulations terminated their accounts on the same day a message would be sent and in a short time. I'd say in less than a week the ISPs would do anything to get everyone to reinstate their accounts for free. They would pressure the government to drop it or they'd all be out of business in a month. We, the people still have the power if only we had the resolve to use it, a small sacrifice to send a big message. The land of the brave and the home of the free is fast becoming the land of the knaves and the home of the wimps.

Who couldn't go without the internet for a few weeks? You'd wind up saving some money, I guarantee it.


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Dennis AuBuchon 21 months ago Author

wba108(ayahoo.com

Thanks for stopping by and providing your comments.


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Dennis AuBuchon 21 months ago Author

tsadjako

Your have an interesting suggestion. The power does rest in the people and if we would just take a stand against government overreach things could change as you have indicated. A strong message does need to be sent to the politicians in Washington to add to the message sent in the last election.


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lovemychris 21 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

I wish those companies would go away!!!Money-grubs,the lot of them. I have a virus on my computer.....adware.

I wonder if you can imagine the stupidity and ridiculousness to sit here, ads pop up continuously...so I turn volume off.

Then the ads for the site I'm visiting come in..it's like dualing commercials.

And,of course,the warning comes on with a phone number you can call to"help"you.....sure,for six hundred bucks!Oh--you don't have six,how about three....

And you all know that all these big companies spy on you and sell your data...

Versus,say --a university database....all that wonderful knowledge at your fingertips sans the STUPID advertisements.....

It's just like Big Pharma....let gvt do all the leg-work...then business comes in for the kill.

I don't WANT Comcast owning the internet,telling me what I can and can't see--depending on my ability to PAY.


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tsadjatko 21 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Comcast doesn't do that, as a matter of fact the part of these regulations addressing that sort of thing has never occurred and they claim this is a preventative measure in case it does, which is just a ruse so the other 300 rules and fees can be enacted at the will of the regulators, rules charging you fees of all kinds, telling you your website can be banned if it doesn't meet their arbitrary standards, all stuff that will make your internet experience much more expensive and much less free and the government richer.

Get spybot for free (while it is free) and follow the directions and you won't have any of your computer problems.


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Dennis AuBuchon 21 months ago Author

lovemychris

Thanks for your comments. Let us hope that this action will be negated by the courts.


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Dennis AuBuchon 21 months ago Author

tsadjako

Thanks for the information. I always appreciate any information which adds to the value of my hubs.

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