Yesterday the FCC voted 3-2 in favour of Title II-based net neutrality rules, a decision which has implications for mobile users, members accessing these forums via their home broadband connection... Internet users in general, really, and far beyond the confines of the USA. I've been pouring through the news on this since the vote came down yesterday, and thought I'd share some of the more interesting bits here.
What's Title II Again?
Title II is about the idea of common carriage
, first applied to telephone networks in the FCC's Communications Act of 1934
, and overhauled with the Telecommunications Act of 1996
. The idea is pretty simple: a network provider must treat everything on their network equally. The best non-Internet example that I can think of is the explosion of long distance providers here in Canada during the 1990s
. And the Internet? Well, you've probably seen this fake ISP ad
Verizon's Cheeky Response
As expected, Internet providers in the United States weren't exactly thrilled
with the news. Verizon went so far as to post their official response in Morse code
... because common carriage is such an antiquated notion, amirite? Anyone?