The internet is a net neutrality mess, with the same companies that make the best broadband in the world being forced to pay to help people with access to the internet.
But that doesn’t mean the internet is safe.
The FCC recently approved a rule that would allow ISPs to charge internet service providers (ISPs) for prioritization, but only for the fastest-performing data.
The FCC’s new rules, which will go into effect on July 1, are likely to cause a major disruption in the way we connect to the web.
It’s a good thing, because it would be a major disaster for net neutrality.
In theory, the rules will prevent ISPs from discriminating against certain types of traffic.
ISPs would be allowed to prioritise traffic for speeds and data that they believe are more important to their business, even if the traffic is otherwise in the same tier as other traffic.
The rules could even protect ISPs from unfair competition.
The problem with prioritization is that it’s not completely clear how the FCC’s rules will be enforced.
ISPs and ISPs’ lobbyists have long argued that the FCC shouldn’t require them to pay for prioritizing.
In other words, the FCC will only be able to enforce the rules if the companies that run the networks aren’t making a profit off of prioritization.
It makes no sense to force ISPs to pay when they are losing money on their business and aren’t earning a profit from prioritization and can do so on their own.
If the FCC were to apply the rules to the entire internet, they could have it enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, which has the power to enforce laws that affect the economy.
But the FTC has a much stronger track record of enforcing consumer protections.
And even though the FCC rules will only apply to broadband providers, the FTC will still have the power over internet service companies.
For example, in 2015, the commission fined Verizon $350,000 for its failure to pay a $3 billion fine in 2012 over deceptive advertising.
This time around, Verizon is also under fire for not paying a $2.9 billion fine for violating the Communications Act’s net neutrality rules in 2013.
If the FCC allowed the FCC to enforce these rules in the future, they would have the authority to force internet service to pay ISPs to protect their customers’ internet freedom.
If that’s the case, it would also be bad for consumers, who are likely already paying for internet access and could be forced to do so by ISPs.
Consumers will still be able access the internet, but they will be paying for it.
This is why it’s so important to make sure that internet service is free and open, so that it is not subject to the same kinds of government regulations that affect other industries.
For example, if ISPs are forced to make money off of blocking or throttling of certain types, that would be bad.
The internet is already an unregulated market.
The internet should not be regulated by the FCC.
Instead, the federal government should regulate broadband and internet service as a utility.
This will ensure that consumers and companies can access the best services for the best price.