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This is largely due to the US Federal Courts' recent rulings that invalidated the FCC's previous attempts to guarantee Net Neutrality.

1. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/technology/appeals-court-r...

2. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/20/business/fcc-to-propose-ne...

Even so, there are two other solutions:

1) immediately remove all regulations that might block new competition from coming into the market, and competing locally with the big local monopolies

2) call them common carriers, and then they'd be able to regulate them however they want, and that's what the judge basically said, too.

I'd prefer 1) over 2), but at this point either one would be better. But right now FCC/US gov is doing neither of them and that should scare the hell out of everyone. This needs to be protested big time.

In a perfect world I would prefer 1) as well, but realistically I think 2) is the only option. I don't understand why it's taking the FCC so long to take the hint; IIRC the number of judges that have basically told them "make them common carriers and you can regulate them however you want" is now three.

(Actually, my cynical side does understand; but I have been hoping against hope that for once reasonableness would win out over cynicism.)

Yea, I hope YC for example can talk with them on solutions. sama, what do you think?

The FCC can regulate the internet under title II. They are simply refusing to.

In 2002, Colin Powell's son, Michael, was the Chairman of the FCC. He determined that broadband services weren't covered by Title II, and that they could be regulated 'better' under different statutes. That is the genesis for all of these problems.

Today, Michael Powell is the President of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.[1]

Of course, today's FCC could walk that Title II ruling back, and reclassify ISPs from Title I to Title II, but that would be met with lawsuits for years.

1 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Powell_(politician)

Whatever the FCC does (well, except maybe not regulating at all) is going to be met with lawsuits for years.

I'm pretty confident there would be lawsuits following a decision not to regulate at all, as well.

"But, but, if the FCC isn't there to slow down unlicensed spectrum tech, all our exurban and rural customers will just sign on with their local WISP, and we won't be able to charge them lots of money for crappy service anymore! Then after that tech is in use for a couple of years, pretty soon it will be good enough even for densely-packed suburbs, and there goes that captive market! What would be left for us, running fiber to the inner city? What have we been paying you people for?!"

Are the lawsuits the only difficulty? Is precedent so important for something like the FCC? I can imagine it, I guess.

I'm asking out of curiousity.

The FCC has a pretty wide mandate, so yeah the lawsuits would be the biggest stumbling block.

If their board of commissioners wanted to, they could reclassify all ISPs tomorrow and assert their authority. If however, their reclassification was overturned, it would significantly weaken their stance on all other regulatory matters. I half wonder if the reason they haven't reclassified yet is to hold that threat over the telecoms to make them play nice.

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