Archive for Friday, December 15, 2017

Editorial: Net neutrality repeal unwise

December 15, 2017


It’s easy to see how the Federal Communications Commission’s vote Thursday to undo so-called net neutrality rules will benefit businesses, especially cable, phone and other internet service providers.

It’s a lot harder to find consumer benefits.

Net neutrality rules, approved in 2010 during the Obama administration, established six net neutrality principles. Chief among the rules was no blocking — that is, internet service providers cannot block or slow down content, apps and services from being used over their networks. For example, the rules prevent internet providers from blocking or slowing down competing apps and services such as Netflix and Hulu.

The FCC’s vote also wiped out consumer protections and banned states from passing laws that contradict the FCC’s approach. And the vote gives the Federal Trade Commission responsibility for oversight of internet service.

Thursday’s vote was along party lines. The three Republicans on the panel voted to eliminate the net neutrality rules, while the board’s two Democrats voted to keep them in place.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said net neutrality rules are unnecessary regulations that serve as a barrier to connecting more people to the Internet. Broadband service providers who lobbied heavily for the rules change, such as Comcast and AT&T;, argued that repealing net neutrality would lead to increased broadband investment and innovation. The companies said the fears that they will block, slow down or otherwise restrict content are unfounded.

By getting rid of net neutrality, broadband companies could create so-called fast lanes and require content delivery companies to pay fees to use the faster service. There are fears that such fees could force all but the largest companies out of business, which could fundamentally change how the internet is used. It also could result in increased fees for internet content.

Companies such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft opposed the lifting of the net neutrality rules, and a number of protests have occurred. Court challenges to the new rules are expected.

The net neutrality rules have served consumers well and should have been kept in place. Despite their assurances to the contrary, it’s hard to believe broadband providers won’t use the repeal of the rules to hinder competing services and implement new fees. Thursday’s decision was a step back for advocates of internet freedom.


Michael Kort 5 months, 1 week ago



Bob Summers 5 months, 1 week ago

The same Liberals for "Net Neutrality" are for "global warming" er, uh... I mean.... "climate change".

Yeah. That's it.

Climate change.

Michael Kort 5 months ago

Hey B.S.,.......You been watching and learning from RTV ?

Steve King 5 months, 1 week ago

So, 97% of highly educated scientists say Climate Change is real and 3% say no, who do you believe? Some poster on your local newspaper blogs? People with zero scientific credentials? Who's go to phrase is "the liberal condition"? If 100 people look up and 97 say the sky is blue and 3 say no it's green, who do you believe? If 100 people witness a single car accident and 97 say the car was Blue and 3 say no, it was Red, who do you believe? People believing the 3 are certainly outside the realm of reality. More like conspiracy mongers. Rabble rousers. Trolls. Pick your own verb. Sad.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months, 1 week ago

And it is the oil and coal industry who deny the climate change. Why? Money. And it's corporations that want to get rid of net neutrality. Why? Money. We have tons of evidence of climate change. And we have evidence of what will happen not that net neutrality has ended. And, here in Kansas we have evidence what happens when you give businesses huge tax breaks. So since, conservatives want to ignore evidence, then their only motive is, yep, money. Profit is their religion. All hail GREED.

But I think I'll just form a church and never pay taxes again, because now I will be able to use it for my politics and to support the politicians I favor. And maybe I'll get enough donations to buy a mansion and a private jet.

Michael Kort 5 months ago

The Trumpets are cutting subsidies for Wind and Solar Production just at a time when MIT has invented a scalable battery with long storage time ( the missing piece to make renewables totally workable at their best ) that uses common low cost materials and is going to be 1/5th the $ cost of current best fixed electricity storage systems in cost.............but the Trumpets are continuing subsidies for POLLUTING OIL, POLLUTING NATURAL GAS and of course........BIG POLLUTING COAL ( king of pollution )......because they are bought and sold stupid, at a time when General Electric is laying off employees in its' Power Division because business is down for big central power plants ( does GE know something..... that some refuse to see coming ) ?

Bob Summers 5 months ago

I believe the scientists not funded by the Liberal masterminds in government.

Michael Kort 5 months ago

You mean the CON.....servative scientists ( ?........scientists.....really ? ) who make a living con jobing and lying to the general public for their business interested masters ?

Michael Kort 5 months ago

Yes ....BOB, is true that the Sun revolves around the Earth .....and that the Liberal Scientists have been lying to you ! for your whole life !........and that IS what it says in the unimpeachable source of knowledge of good and evil, a book that only took one bite of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, to create .

Yes .....BOB....Liberals live under your bed......beneath your stairs.......and they creep around outside at night and scare little children !.......awful......awful.....awful !

BOB, must warn the world about LIBERALS !

Ken Lassman 5 months ago


Please provide at least one name and their funding sources. There are no legitimate scientific enterprises that aren't funded by someone, and if it's not at least partially funded by the public, it is corporate funding for very specific, commercial purposes. Or a front for advocacy purposes. You need to clarify what you are talking about, Bob.

Ken Lassman 5 months ago

Yup; just what I thought: your silence speaks volumes, Bob. You're not talking about anything at all, as usual.

Josh Berg 5 months ago

Lifting these restrictions will allow companies such as RG Fiber out of Eudora to expand into Lawrence faster. For those who have had their run ins with Knology, or Wow, or Midco, this is a welcome change in policy that will help eliminate the monopoly in Lawrence.

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Steve King 5 months ago

Save your breath Ken. He won't answer. Once we get the "liberal condition" he's gone once you start asking him for sources. Sad.

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