The End Of The Net As We Know It
Today a US Appeals Court struck down the key net neutrality provisions responsible for maintaining the free and open internet. With these rules removed, broadband providers may now freely block or restrict any device, service, application, or website on their networks. The implications of this ruling strike at the fundamental nature of the internet as we know it.
Without net neutrality, internet providers (who are typically also cable or phone providers) can now directly interfere with their internet-based competitors. Comcast, for example, can selectively throttle bandwidth for Netflix and YouTube. AT&T can block VoIP services such as Skype. And even if they allow competitors to use their networks undisturbed, they may require fees for the privilege.
Until now, the internet has been the great equalizer. Large companies, startups, and individuals have had equal opportunity to access each other in increasingly new and innovative ways. This openness has allowed countless businesses to launch and thrive on the web. Without network neutrality protections however, success on the web will be guided less by the merits of a service than by the deals that are struck with ISPs.
These are the following rules which were struck down:-Wireline or 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.-Fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic. That rule, however, does not apply to wireless services.http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2014/01/court-kills-net-neutrality/ #netneutrality #internetfreedom