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FCC Finalizes US Net Neutrality Rules 299

milbournosphere writes "The FCC has finalized its proposed rules regarding net neutrality. The rules go into effect on 20 November, nearly a year after they passed in a 3-2 vote. The FCC's statement (PDF) summarizes the rules thus: 'First, transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of their broadband services. Second, no blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services. Third, no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic.' It should be noted that some of the language is a little ambiguous; who is to decide what constitutes 'unreasonable discrimination?'"
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FCC Finalizes US Net Neutrality Rules

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  • by 0racle ( 667029 ) on Friday September 23, 2011 @12:29PM (#37493104)
    You might want to read your ToS on that residential line. I'll put money on you agreed not to run internet services on it.
  • by meerling ( 1487879 ) on Friday September 23, 2011 @01:45PM (#37494064)
    Also, the internet has become a major portion of our communications and cultural dissemination and participation. As such, interfering with it potentially infringes upon our already 'guaranteed' rights.

    Just imagine what it would be like if you wanted to walk downtown and talk to George Arneston, maybe give him that invite to your birthday party. But you have to pay Sidewalk-Co a $20/month fee to walk faster than 5'/minute downtown. If that wasn't bad enough, George is a member of the organization WalkFree which Sidewalk-Co doesn't really like because they are in competition with them for the pedestrian transportation contract. Why is that bad? Because every time you try to go talk to George, Sidewalk-Co blocks the sidewalk so you can't get to George. Of course maybe you could get to him, if you went through all the back alleys and cut across a few empty weed choked lots, but that's going to take all day, and even then you'll only get a sentence or two out before Sidewalk-Co sets up a new block that separates you from George.
    That's what the real world would be like if it were the internet, and net neutrality isn't enforced. I know it's not that bad in most parts of the net right now, but it's still a frontier town, and people attempting to proclaim that they own the sidewalks is pretty much laughed at. Problem is they have lawyers, connections, and other resources. Some of them are already testing the waters, so to speak. If we don't act now, greed and anti-competitiveness with turn the internet into a series of roadblocks and restrictions. That's why we need Net Neutrality, so we can stroll around the internet unimpeded.
  • by DigiShaman ( 671371 ) on Friday September 23, 2011 @01:47PM (#37494080) Homepage

    ISPs do filter port 25 going outside their network for customers using heuristic behavior monitoring. In some cases, out-right block it all together. If I had to guess, all outbound port 25 traffic gets routed to an entire management firewall device to perform this CPU intensive task. Take ATT for example. Many of my clients here in Houston, TX can send out e-mail to a 3rd party POP server. But send more than 5 or 10 within a small window of time, and the entire port gets clamped down. I've personally confirmed this using Telnet commands. Again, not normal behavior. Definitely some activity management going on at the ISP level they're not owning up to.

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