FCC votes to overturn net neutrality and burn working middle class wallets

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The FCC voted 2-1 to peel back the Open Internet order, aka net neutrality rules, that were put in place by Obama’s Tom Wheeler. Those rules prohibited Internet Service Providers from charging extra fees for different types of content.  For example, if you stream movies or play games, then maybe you pay more. If you listen to music, then perhaps you pay a different fee. The problem with this is that it would likely cause unnecessary price gouging and the biggest group of people to be affected by this is the majority of the working middle class.


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Poor people barely pay anything for their Internet. In some low income cities, such as Philadelphia, the fee for Comcast is under $10 per month. A few miles over, where working middle class families live paycheck to paycheck, they’re paying $100+ for the same service - and that's around the lowest they'll pay for the basic connection/services. A double play can sometimes be purchased for $89, but after the promotion, it skyrockets to their "normal" rates.

If people are very well off in their career and salary, then a potential increase in pricing won’t affect them nearly as much as it does the working class family living check to check.

Will it affect the lower income pricing for the poor families? Probably not. Companies like Comcast need as many subscribers as possible in order to show/sell ads in their commercials. The only way to get mass amounts of poor people to sign up, solely to boost their subscriber numbers, is to charge next to nothing. That's practically racist if you ask me. Why does the working guy have to pay ten times the amount? Why does someone get a cheaper rate because they live on welfare and refuse to get a job? Sounds like a scam to me. Why do I work everyday so the loser down the street only gets billed $8 for Comcast when my bills are more than 10 times the amount?

What Obama did, thankfully, was put his foot down on the potential for massive cable providers to price gouge the customer. Comcast, Verizon, and others already have a respectable fee for their services and they’re clearly doing well. A few more dollars and cents to them is meaningless, but keeping that money in the pocket of the consumer goes a long way. And let’s be real for a second - we know one thing is for sure - Comcast customer service is like walking on glass, barefoot, in battery acid. They have the worst customer service that I have personally ever experienced. Do we expect them to ever improve when they’re raking in millions from extra fees if the FCC is successful in overturning the net neutrality?

Doubt it.

Comcast has an awful On Demand movie selection, so why would we think they would pay for quality customer service? They don't have decent programming and the commercials are always way too loud, so why would we expect them to do anything else right? The only thing Comcast is good at is raising rates while not ever improving their services. They would probably be the first company to enjoy jacking prices up, adding new fees, and getting extremely ridiculous with pricing if net neutrality is overturned.

The Federal Communications Commission has officially begun undoing net neutrality rules the agency passed two years ago.

The FCC voted 2-1, along political party lines Thursday, to begin a rule-making process to replace the Open Internet order, or net neutrality rules, adopted in 2015 by the agency, then headed by Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat.

Those original rules included provisions preventing Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling legal content users sought to access, as well as preventing ISPs from accepting payment to prioritize some data.

The 2015 rules derive the FCC enforcement power from regulations formulated for telephone companies within The Communications Act of 1934. Republicans have called such regulation as heavy-handed and burdensome for ISPs.

"Today, we propose to repeal utility-style regulation of the Internet.  We propose to return to the Clinton-era light-touch framework that has proven to be successful," said Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed to head the FCC in January by President Trump. "And we propose to put technologists and engineers, rather than lawyers and accountants, at the center of the online world. The evidence so far strongly suggests that this is the right way to go."

Ajit Pai is a horrible person and Trump supporters will wish they had Obama back for just one day to put his foot down again. Cable Internet and bandwidth is so cheap these days that there's no reason to charge more or less for particular services. Just make a quality product, cash your checks, and move on. There's no need to ruin pricing anymore than what's already been done.

Net neutrality is “the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites” and it should always stay that way.

This is the equivalent of saying everyone is equal. Can you imagine if someone charged you more for Internet because you were black? That's what this would be like. Oh, you like movies? Well you're paying more for that! You want to listen to a few songs on Pandora? There's a fee for that. Sounds crazy, right? It will get even worse.

Dismantling net neutrality opens the doors for an absurd amount of greed, steals from hard working people like you and I, and will be nothing but a burden on the American taxpayer.

If Ajit Pai is successful in ruining net neutrality, then this will be the one time that Trump supporters wish they had Obama in office.

I already find Ajit Pai to be a terrible human being for attempting to do this when he really doesn't benefit from it.

Of course, unless there's a few secret handshakes and backdoor deals that he's getting a paycheck from.

Whose hands are in his pockets?

HBO host John Oliver has been urging viewers to comment on the FCC's website in support of the existing rules. His exhortations may be behind a surge in comments from 30,000 on May 8 to over 1.6 million this week.

The proposed rules will consider whether to keep or modify the rules prohibiting ISPs from blocking and throttling content or from prioritizing some content over other content, possibly for payment, and the elimination of a Internet conduct standard meant to prevent ISPs from unreasonable interference with consumer's access to destinations on the Net.

At least one person gets it. Well, that and 1.6 million more people who've commented on it. The rest of the country either doesn't comment or must not know the situation behind net neutrality. Let's just put it this way - if the FCC overturns this, then be prepared to pay more for your services while NOT getting any improvement on said services. It's just a money grab. That's ALL it is.

To think that an ISP, whose job is to provide you with the connection, would ever consider throttling or blocking access to the websites that YOU want to be on, is ludicrous and should not ever be considered.

What difference does it make to an ISP what you do with your connection that you're already paying a premium price for? It doesn't matter. It's just a way to add extra fees to your already consistently growing cable and Internet bill.

Will the American people get anything positive out of this? Nope. Nothing but an increased bill is what I believe the result will be. I firmly think that if net neutrality is overturned, that we will likely pay more for the same service, or even worse - pay more for less services.

It doesn't matter if you're a republican or democrat - you should be FOR net neutrality. If you're against it, then you'll be the reason why everyone else is getting robbed of their hard earned money.

 

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