Here's the elephant in the room: The damn 300 page FCC document is still secret. For all we know, the FCC has just delivered us a giant wire-tap approving, government overseeing, shit sandwich. All we have to go on right now is a 4-page summary - http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2015/db0204/DOC-331869A1.pdf
Within just these four pages however, there's good, bad, and some loopholes big enough to drive semis through...
1. No Internet "fast lanes". EXCEPT the new rules don't apply to CDNs. Buy Akamai stock RIGHT NOW boys and girls. They're now the FCC approved official net neutrality loophole.
2. Netflix "pay to play". The new rules DO NOT prohibit paid peering agreements. The do give the FCC right to review them. They could very well say Netflix should pay MORE to connect to Comcast customers, considering the infrastructure cost of their data. Sure, you scoff, but who has more lobbyists in DC - Netflix or cable?
3. Junk fees. While the order promises no new taxes or fees, even the FCC admits it's smarmy wording. They were already looking at applying a USF fee to your broadband bill. I'm all for this one as it means Internet users will be paying to bring better rural service to folks like me. 4Mbps down, 0.5 up SUCKS! :)
4. Pole access / rights-of-way. Possibly good news, but it's loaded with questions. Who sets the pole attachment rates? Will the municipalities (who in many cases took cash from carriers for exclusivity agreements) be indemnified?
5. Data caps and throttling. Here to stay, boys and girls. FCC only promises to intervene when caps are used to harm consumers or competitors.
6. Title II investigations of consumer complaints. By far the best, underreported news. ISPs will now have clear regulations they must follow in addressing consumer complaints.
7. Network management transparency. Sadly no details, but we're being promised that ISPs must disclose their network management policies and practices. So they can throttle us, but at least we'll hopefully know why.
8. VoIP and life-critical services are exempt. This is amazingly good. At least the FCC realizes "all bits are NOT created equal." I officially reserve the right to facepunch anyone who continues to spout that utter nonsense to me.
Now we wait. Supposedly the full 300 pages of regulations will be made available in 3-4 weeks. Until then, I'll hold my applause, thanks.