FCC Votes In Favor Of Obama's Net Neutrality - Has The Slippery Slope To Web Censorship Begun?

Tyler Durden's picture

"An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life," according to President Obama and it appears his perspective on the heavy hand of government regulation inserting itself into the last bastion of freedom and dynamism in the US economy, is how best to achieve "openness." Having pressured FCC's Tom Wheeler, the vote just came down: U.S. FCC APPROVES NET NEUTRALITY INTERNET RULES IN 3-2 VOTE. While potentially good for a consumer's pocketbook, the handing over of "fair-use" decision to the government, as we previously noted, could be the first step on a slippery slope to increased censorship.

FCC Votes...


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U.S. regulators invoked broad powers to ensure that Web traffic for all users is treated equally, adopting net-neutrality rules that Bloomberg reports, supporters say will preserve a wide-open Internet and that opponents vow to fight in court...

The measure approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission prohibits companies such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. from blocking or slowing online traffic and from offering faster service in return for payment. It also brings wireless Internet service fully under the rules for the first time.


The 3-2 vote on party lines by FCC commissioners enshrines a regulation backed by the Obama administration and opposed by cable and telephone companies, which say the rules risk stifling a fast-growing Internet and will lead to rate regulation.


“The Internet is too important to allow broadband providers to make the rules,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat appointed by Obama, in comments as the commission prepared to vote in its crowded meeting room in Washington.




The vote “imposes intrusive government regulations that won’t work to solve a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority the FCC doesn’t have,” said Ajit Pai, a Republican commissioner who campaigned in TV and radio appearances and on social media against the rules.




The FCC has “pried open the door to heavy-handed government regulation in a space celebrated for its free enterprise,” Michael Powell, president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association trade group that has Comcast among its members, said in an e-mailed statement. “The commission has breathed new life into the decayed telephone regulatory model and applied it to the most dynamic, free-wheeling and innovative platform in history.”


Wheeler disagreed with characterizations that government is imposing utility-style regulation.

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SamAdams's picture

Net Neutrality, Patriot Act, Citizens United, Federal Reserve..... See a pattern?

kliguy38's picture

Nahh they love sites like this......

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

This isn't the end of the world, it's just another step on the road to hell. The sheeple will forget this like they've forgotten everything else, then boo and hiss at others who actually have the courage to do something "extreme", “antisocial”, "psychopathic", blah, blah, blah...

Manthong's picture

Save your wi-fi routers and old computers.

It’s coming time to mesh things up for the Obama fascists.

N2OJoe's picture

I guess we all just have to start our own "domestic terrorist" (as they would label it) sites and spam them beyond their ability to control.


Or when do the hunger games begin?

A L I E N's picture

Won't net neutrality help prevent squenching of non mainstream media such as ZH?

BLOTTO's picture


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saints51's picture

I dont know if people understand morse code.

saints51's picture

Maybe Blotto will give us option 3

SWRichmond's picture

A 3-2 vote!  Liberty almost prevailed!  All we have to do is tweak this political system just a little bit!  If only OUR guy was in charge!


Anusocracy's picture

I think that in some distant future day, Americans will have evolved to the point where their hands are permanently attached to their ankles.

Ms. Erable's picture

No need to wait for evolution; just place the feeding trough on the floor and most will willingly assume the position.

TeamDepends's picture

Thank you sir, may I have another (helping of Soylent Green)?

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

"imposing intrusive government regulations that won’t work to solve a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority the FCC doesn’t have,”

Isn't this just gov in general?

Crash Overide's picture

What was that old saying again, "we have to pass it to see what's in it..." or something to that effect.

How did that work out again?



A Nanny Moose's picture

Still, it was once illegal for bureacrats to legislate. People are learning too much, too quickly from the Intertewbz. The State simply cannot control it. Other than the do-gooding, busy-body Statists, Cui Bono?

Hal n back's picture

3 out of 310 million is a sufficent plurality to represent the public.it was as 60/40 overwhelming vote.



A Nanny Moose's picture

You can still google it....for now.

Better encrypt that message, chief.

NoDebt's picture

I've been practicing calling people 'comrade' all morning.

We're beyond fucked at this point.

2016 elections won't matter.  In fact, I'm not so sure there are going to be any by the time we get there.

saints51's picture

I am going to start voting again for the politician who I think will kick start the apocalypse.

Yao's picture

Too late.  He's finishing up his second term in the Oval Office as you read this.

saints51's picture

We have Hitlery which will be the icing on the cake imo.

Tall Tom's picture

An apocalypse is a REVEALING or an UNVEILING of a hidden truth.


So if you think that you are going to vote for any poitician who is going to tell the truth then you are living in a fucking fantasy.


But since I really think that you meant armaggedon....


Since it is the same party, and the choice is between Team Red and Team Blue, Pepsi or Coca Cola, then you can vote for any of them and armageddon will not begin any quicker.


Don't you get it yet? You have NO INFLUENCE...unless you are part of the Club...which you are not...and neither am I for that matter.


THERE ARE NO POLITICAL SOLUTIONS. You have no impact in their game.


So why play a losing game? Play to win and opt out from their game.


You have heard it said that if you cannot beat them then join them? I cannot beat them. But I refuse to join them in practicing their evil schemes.,


So I OPT OUT. I refuse participation whereever and whenever I can. Withdraw your Cash from their system. DO NOT SPEND so they cannot tax. Buy Gold and Silver. Barter and trade locallly, as much as possible. Use second hand items. Kill Corporate America. Starve the Beast.


Without revenues Corporations will fail. They cannot play charades forever. And both you and I know that Stock Prices are not reflective of the LOSS OF SALES which Corporations are experiencing. They are reflective of massive Government Intervention by the Plunge Protection Team. It is a charade. It is a FARCE.


We are actualy winning the war as the whole system is failing. Too many peope have OPTED OUT quietly already. It has not been braodcast on Main Stream Media by the Corporate Propagandists. But it is widespread and is made evidential in the real marketplaces...as wel as in the fake Stock Markets.


Join us by OPTING OUT by withdrawing your Financial Support. Financial Support, after all, IS SUPPORT.


You want a vote? VOTE WITH YOUR WALLET as Money is the only thing that the oligarchy cares about.

saints51's picture

Tom I know you and and I don't always see eye to eye but I am on board with you buddy. I know a vote doesn't count for shit. Most say I will vote for the lesser of 2 evils, I was being opposite.

I do my best not buying their garbage. Yesterday I was at a local store and was the only one buying organic seeds from a mom and pop company. People were walking by me looking at me like I was a weird-o. Thats what I spend my green food coloring paper on. Hard assets that actually have value.

+1 from me.

booboo's picture

You may come to regret the fast lane to hell.

Tall Tom's picture

And you want me to believe that the slow road to hell is somehow better? I regret the road that we are currently traveling.


The more time spent traveling down this road allows for more time in which the oligarchy can inflict far greater damage and further deplete our resources for rebuiding. 


Only the oligarchy, whose incentive is to totally deplete the resources from the masses, will find that the slow road to hell will allow them to consolidate resources and power.


This needed to have stopped in 2008.


The longer that the solution is delayed then the more painful the aftermath, the hell suffered, will be.


But you must be a masochist and enjoy that slooooow, drawn out pain.


Let's get it over with now. I do not like pain. But I will experience it to get healthy.

seek's picture

I'm pretty sure there will be 2016 elections. Not so sure about 2018 or 2020, but I strongly suspect we'll have "elections" in the same sense the USSR did. (Arguably, that's what we have now, of course, it's just they give the one party two names to maintain the illusion of choice and "free and fair.")

Does anyone have any doubt -- net neutrality or not -- that when "that time" comes that the internet would work as it's supposed to? I'm already 99% sure they've performed intentional outages nationally to geolocate persons of high interest using proxies.

Agstacker's picture

2016...Clinton vs Bush...ahh, the illusion of choice...

dexter_morgan's picture

How would it do that exactly with 300 pages of regulation saying contrary?

americanreality's picture

This site has been having trouble hiding it's right-wing agenda lately.Knuckles deep in adult diapers.

drdolittle's picture

Thanks for saving me buddy. I'm so glad you're here. douche. If you haven't noticed, many/most people here are awake. You need a new handle and to be a little more subtle if you intend to distract anyone here. Or, are you supposed to be on yahoo answers? As an aside, many of the younger generation can find you. Is you're 50k per year worth that?

exi1ed0ne's picture

When the SNAP ration cards are issued to the other half of the population.  It takes time to ramp up these large programs.

maskone909's picture

qustion for the tech savy ZH'rs:


how will this impact the usage of the onion router browser?  will ISP's be able to determine you are masking your ip and shut down your service?

Consumer Farm's picture

You are not masking your IP from your ISP, if you did that you would not get a connection. You set up a tunnel to tor the network using you IP address then it goes from there.


and in my opinion there is no need to block it.




seek's picture

This is correct. Basically you have your real IP until it hits the Tor network, and then it's masked. Or was. Tor got flooded with spook machines a while ago and is now not only insecure IMO, the Snowden leaks show it's actually a lightning rod for attention.

Your best bet now is a burner laptop using a non-persistent OS and throwaway USB wifi and hitting places with free wifi, preferably at night to reduce the utility of cameras (and keep an eye out for them and plan a path to/from your hotspot avoiding as many as possible). They'll be able to geolocate if they discover you, but you'll be lost in a mass of uninteresting traffic and won't be self-tagging with a "watch me" beacon using Tor, and if you're careful and swap wifi adapters regularly, they likely won't be able to pin down your real identity just from internet access.

maskone909's picture

great info thanks fellas.  yeah i know its not masking the ip from isp's but my worry is that the ISP will flag me for using tor.  but yeah i totally get what your saying

Paveway IV's picture

The ISPs are media companies. They already can do deep packet inspection of all your incoming and outgoing traffic looking for opportunities to enforce copyright law. If you use TOR, then you may be doing something like illegally downloading a movie and they want to be sure to collect evidence of that to prosecute you. Encryption? Yeah... whatever. They record it and then when they seize your computer and get the key, they decrypt it and have all the evidence they need.

You may be doing something else illegal, so the NSA wants a copy of all your TOR traffic in case they figure out a need to poke through it later on. They either use the ISPs themselves for reports or siphon the flags right off the internet exchange switches (which have to have the NSA backdoor by law). Encryption isn't a big deal to them either - if they have reason to suspect you of something, your machine is theirs as well as the encryption keys. They have all your incoming and outgoing traffic - they don't care how TOR obfuscates the other end - they see what you see.

The DEA wants to know who uses TOR because that's what drug dealers use, so they get reports from your ISP. DHS knows that fake FBI terrorists use TOR for uploading fake videos, so they need reports of anyone using TOR. Maybe they want all your traffic recorded for 'future use'.

The DHS Stazi knows you're guilty of something if you use TOR, so they want a record of your traffic, too. 

It's not even a question of IF your flagged for using TOR. It's more a matter of how many different agencies take an interest in gathering evidence 'just in case'. Nobody is going to kick your door down tomorrow. They'll do it three years from now when they have all your family members and contacts mapped out and under surveillance, because anyone who has any connection with someone who uses TOR might be a threat as well. 

The very first providers of the free super-secure anonymous email services were all NSA fronts. It's THAT easy to trick people who might have something to hide.

I don't want to discourage anyone from using TOR or encryption, but the government figured out ways around this a long time ago. They count on people having a false sense of security - it makes their data collection easier.

DontGive's picture

Don't need a new wifi adapter. Jut spoof the mac address. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAC_spoofing

My hope is this spurs a renaissance in distributed networking with encryption. Then the spooks will be shitting bricks.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_hash_table

Fuck them, hard.

Hal n back's picture

whats not so funny is we sit at out PC's and complain, yet do nothing.


So a show a hands of folks that have actually done something  to change this course we are on. I complain to my wife who tells me to stop driving her nuts and I should get a life.Our kids agree with here.


Tek Kinkreet's picture

We scaled down, lowered our expenses, got out of debt, are localizing as much as possible and are deprogramming the kids. Teach your kids well, if the revolution doesn't happen in our generation, it might have a chance in the future.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"Or when do the hunger games begin?"

Alot of the Middle East already looks like District 12, so I would have to say, the Hunger Games have already started.

Yao's picture

Yes but is Capital City DC, Beijing, Moscow, London or Brussels?

Harbanger's picture

Traditional Marxists wanted control over the production and distribution of goods.  The Neo-Marxists want control over the production and distribution of information.

Oldwood's picture

which ultimately is all that matters.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

sam better add to your list ACA, it is going to kill a lot of people withholding care or making it too expensive for most.

SamAdams's picture

Affordable Care Act.... ain't

Fixed it!