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  •  yes but that creates huge expenses (0+ / 0-)

    For backbone providers to meet new regulations that come with being reclassified. Why not make net neutrality permanent and inviolable with reclassification? The internet is not's being preyed upon by profiteers. Let's not create new problems...let's allow the internet to stand on it's own two feet without commercial or government interests trying to own or control it. The whole idea behind its inception was decentralized control. That's why if one backbone has an outage you will rarely notice it. Reclassification will ruin it as much as net non-neutrality will.

    •  It needs to be reclassified as Public Utility (2+ / 0-)
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      charlatan, Swamp Cat

      for the same reason that Landline telephony (POTS or Plain Old Telephone Service) lines were classified as a Public Utility, when they broke up MA Bell into the Baby Bells:

      So that the public utility service being provided by commercial, for-profit entities, could not sold for more than a rated amount to customers for basic service (access to a telephone line). So that EVERY citizen would have the ability to use this public utility service, and not only the wealthy.

      We put electricity into over 99% of the residences in the United States during the 1930 (The Rural Electrification Act) for the same reason and under the same sort of auspices.

      It means that when a service is ubiquitous to the entire nation, deemed necessary to the regular, daily life of the citizenry as a whole; that it is in the nation's best interest to classify this service as a Public Utility, and then let the federal government and state governments (as needed) regulate the service going forward.

      This is why the telephone CLECs (the regional providers who used to be the Baby Bells) were granted the ability to charge each and every customer a set fee monthly, per line. This fee is nominally supposed to go to maintain, extend and upgrade the existing POTS wiring. The justification for the fee? That CLECs were regulated as a public utility by the FCC & the regulation of these private businesses which supplied this public utility cost something, so the Congress lets them charge a special fee in return.

      As someone who worked at a CLEC, for a backbone national private data network provider and for an ISP, I know this industry. It needs regulation as a public utility and the sooner, the better.

      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

      by Angie in WA State on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 11:26:05 PM PDT

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