Monday, May 19, 2014

The FCC Thinks We're All Idiots

The FFC just ended net neutrality.  What does this mean? If you host your own web site with content, no one will ever be able to see your stuff except at glacially slow speeds. Forget hosting video clips unless your a YouTube or Netflix that can pay the ransom the cable companies will now charge for high quality service.

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One way to define a minimum level of access is as a requirement that broadband providers apply no less than a "best effort" standard to deliver traffic to end users. For any particular type of Internet traffic, best-effort delivery would represent the "typical" level of service for that type of traffic—in effect, routing traffic according to the "traditional" architecture of the Internet. Broadband providers would be free to negotiate "better than typical" delivery with edge providers, and would be prohibited (subject to reasonable network management) from delivering "worse than typical" service in the form of degradation or outright blocking.
That sure is a lot of words. But what do they actually mean?
The FCC is basically saying that, while it'll make sure that ISPs do their best to give everyone a fair shot, ISPs will still be able to choose to give some edge providers (i.e. YouTube, Amazon, Imgur, and pretty much every website and app ever) a shot that's still the best—just, you know, better. It's a prospect that not only flies in the face of a free internet, but also logic. You can't improve your "best efforts" for some without necessarily creating "worst efforts" for others.
It's basically an (admittedly convoluted) dictionary definition of everything that net neutralityisn't. As Turner told Gizmodo:
Best-efforts routing means first-in/first-out routing. If there is no congestion, there is no meaning to priority. But in order to create priority, by definition, the ISP's networks have to be constantly congested—or artificially made to seem that way by slowing down all non-prioritized traffic.

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