If you ask regulators for fixing a problem, they would try regulating everything. As we know, the internet can be killed by FCC. The FCC Net Neutrality debate is of great importance in many ways. Firstly, it defines who would control and regulate the traffic across the website. Secondly, regulations and rules impacting the sites and apps are set down. Thirdly, the power balance is shifted in favor of the businesses who can screw the entire thing up.
FCC wants to issue regulations on how the traffic of ISPs is managed and priced. They were so thoughtful about it that around 1,067,779 comments were generated from the public, from this issue.
The main problem is that FCC wants to treat the service providers of broadband as telecommunications services through which they can be subjected to the regulations of the FCC under the Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
The FCC wants regulation of a 2014 problem with 1934 set of rules, through which internet would be turned into a utility. The rules were updated in the year 1996 but it is not much of an improvement apart from the telecoms that wasn’t run solely by Ma Bell being taken into account.
It is very clear that there is nothing in Title II that would make you comfortable about this as a solution. Emphasis has been put by Title II on ‘Carriers’ for justifying a lot of things that are taken for granted.
For example, most of the location based apps would be rendered by privacy rules in Title II obsolete unless there is navigation of all kinds of rules of data protection and disclosure. There would be ride sharing and hook up applications will be out the door. The society would be collapse.
Social media would be taking a big hit, because the requirements on sharing of user data would mean that Facebook will have to rethink completely how it allows for its basic functions for working within the confines of regulations.
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