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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:05 am 
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California Committee Approves Tough New Net Neutrality Bill

The California Legislature's Communications Committee has passed SB 822, a strong network neutrality bill that would restore rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization that the FCC rolled back in June, and then some (it prevents zero rating plans and applies rules to interconnections, which the FCC rules did not do).

The bill had already been amended and passed by the same committee, but activists had complained those changes, which included allowing zero rating plans, had gutted, or at least strongly watered down, the legislation. Under pressure, that language was ultimately restored and the re-vote for this week scheduled.If it passes the full assembly, it could set up a legal confrontation with the FCC, which says its rollback preempts state net neutrality reg efforts.

https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/ ... ality-bill


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:38 pm 
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It helped that Verizon throttled the Santa Clara Fire Department's cell phone data comms down to practically nothing while their personnel were trying to fight the VERY scary Mendocino Complex. Then when the FD called to see what the problem was, Verizon said the only recourse was to pay the higher rate. So they did, and suddenly the comm came back.

That's really more of a data plan issue than a net neutrality one, but it had bad optics for the whole thing.


-edit by Z to update which fire it was

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Desperate text message from firefighter to his dept.: "We're surrounded by fire ... it's closing in, we're out of resources to stop it ... we need a rescue or we're going to die!"

(message from Verizon phone) "I'm sorry, user # X, you have exceeded this month's data cap" ...

BTW, net neutrality, as was stated, doesn't disallow data caps. :D
But, you will start to see a system that starts to speed up data from rich Wall Street fat cats, and slows down and throttles data from firefighters and other people who can't pay for the fast lane.

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If the universe can thrive with the speed of communication and discovery being the speed of light, a constant, since the beginning of time, I think our telecom industry can abide by that constant rate standard as well.

Charge for the amount of data, make it equal by applying a constant rate to the data in the wire, through the air, and in the billing statement.


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^ Great idea, which is why we'll probably never see it happen. Ideas that make sense don't make maximum profits for rapacious corporations.

Yes, when cell phones started you paid for air time -- how much you used telco's equipment to set up your pitch meetings over lunch (which was the main use for cell phones at the time). Of course that was an analog system with a tiny fraction of today's capacity, but still. Then they started giving free minutes to compete. One or two people might remember that when cell phones started the FCC also built in real competition, not the excuse for same that we have now. The A carrier and the B carrier, and all that. Halcyon times.

Then there started the competition to have more free minutes than the other guys, and then data came along too so they could meter bits, and now we have all these plans. Sic semper corporatis.

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