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Is 'Net Neutrality Really Dead?

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January 15, 2014 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: VZ , T , S

Board: Macro Economics

Author: qazulight

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/technology/appeals-court-r...

This is a bigger change than lack of net neutrality. While it may appear that the big telecom providers of Internet service can now discriminate and can block, speed up, charge special access or whatever, this may, or may not be the case.

With the decline of the land line the universal service fee that was the staple of rural telephone service has gone away. Some of that service fee has already been shifted to the telecoms for high speed internet. As such, if the telecoms persist, the ruling that says, yes you can be free of net neutrality regulations, can also come down to say, no you cannot have the money from the universal service fees, and then either the FCC or Congress can say "You are now a regulated telecommunications service again. You now get paid to provide service to rural areas, and you now can be made to observe net neutrality."

Personally, I see this as the proper way to go, so there is almost a 100 percent chance that Congress will move in the other direction.

Place your bets as you see fit, I think either way, AT&T wins.

Cheers
Qazulight

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