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FCC Passes (Sort Of) Net Neutrality Order

Your New Internet Overlords

It’s official: By a 3-2 vote, the FCC has passed its Net Neutrality order.

I’m not going to go through the pros and cons of the regulation here, because if you’re reading a website called “Nerdist,” chances are you know them already. Let it suffice to say that this is a mixed bag no matter what side of the debate you’re on, and, from the exclusion of wireless/mobile networks — yes, the Internet on wireless will potentially be different from what you get at home — to whether the FCC even has the legal authority to regulate the Internet (and what it could do with that authority regarding content if so), there’s something in here to get everyone shouting. Net neutrality proponents think it’s too light and worry about the mobile/wireless part; conservatives and free-market people feel it’ll kill off innovation and investment in the infrastructure and represents a regulatory power grab.  Expect this one to head directly to the courtroom.

Step forward? Step back? Use the comments to sound off, but be nice, okay?

Here’s coverage from the Washington Post, Fox News, CNET, and Ars Technica for all the details.

Image: FCC

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  1. Jung says:

    How do you figure that this allows the state monopoly? It only preserves how companies charge us now – access to content without discrimination.

  2. Adrian says:

    This just grants the state a monopoly over the internet. Soon they will be able to regulate what websites we go to.

  3. Aaron says:

    The reason the internet has manage to stay so free and neutral for this long is because of the free market.

  4. Aaron says:

    The reason the internet has manage to stay so free and neutral for this long.

  5. As a gamer and game developer, and as some one who downloads tons podcasts a month, uses hulu, netflix, and google tv regularly, this is very frustrating to know that i’m potentially going to have to dramatically cut back on all of my forms of entertainment, knowing that the cable/internet providers are going to financially screw users like me and others who use the web for almost everything… not to mention college students, gamers, people who rely on the internet for their business, and of course, providers of free content such as Chris Hardwick and Adam Carolla.

  6. Coconutphone says:

    This is the big story going into the new year for sure. Impacts everyone. Like you said: it’s going ot the courts and it will get ugly.