What is Net Neutrality? Definition and Rulings


  1. On the third rule you said is hard to decode; perhaps this will provide example of how ISPs can slow down those paying for higher speed, and how arbitrary new “rules” can be.

    I’m in the USA Pacific NW, using a major ISP (one in the headlines for multi-billion merger offers). Kind of stuck due to geography, I’ve said a year or so ago this ISP “requires” modems to have 3 ports respond “closed” rather than stealth; it also usually has no customer usage meters of its own at account pages; it claims it has no cap on unlimited high speed residential broadband; it also says, however, that if one exceeds 280GB in one month it will (currently) charge $10USD for each 50GB or fraction thereof over 280GB used in one month. Considering things like Netflix, YouTube, games, paying over $100USD/month for “no limits” in the first place sounds good…until “unofficial” caps get on your bill. As if this weren’t enough, though you are billed for high speed, one finds the service with or without extra charges is proxied by the ISP, with upload speeds capped at just under 6MB/minute by such proxy. Try Level3, OpenDNS, or myriad other DNS servers on your PC…6MB/minute upload, period. Of course, download speed is usually around 30MB/minute.

    In the era of growing mobile/work-at-home employees, most companies requiring at least 10MB/minute upload speed, not only does my ISP have interesting router/modem needs, and cap service sold as unlimited, it further requires at-will corporate work-at-home employees to purchase even higher-cost business grade service to attain 10MB/minute or better upload speed. Even if their service already is unlimited, even if with work-at-home and personal combined they never approach 280GB monthly usage.

    To my inquiry and knowledge, all of this is within the bounds of the touchy-feely abstract third relevant rule, per the FCC and local State officials. Thus, you are quite correct to believe it’s not clear what “commercially unreasonable” means. I don’t know how it is in other lands, but in the USA the only consistency seems to be ask a question, get treated like a rubber ball tethered to a paddle being rapidly fanned, and expect to hear there’s got to be SOME reason you owe the paddler more and more money. Thanks for a great story, and cheers!

  2. Thank you, for sharing your experience. This should assist others in understanding the issue better. 🙂

  3. You’re most welcome! And just to be clear, no…this isn’t ISP “throttling” in response to torrents or some such, nor in response to being some Tor-like exit/relay node or user; pay more, broadband gets faster; the firmware in modem will allow stealthing of ports 25, 80, 443 of modem, but only at “custom” options, which then requires you have three arbitrary ports in the “1000” range report closed…so any hacker or botnetter with a record of past-infected PCs can have joy of router ping-back and hope of drilling further into such PC. Again, apparently A-OK with powers that be (of course, I make the PC as firewall ironclad as it can be while keeping all its own ports stealthed). That’s all I can say, thanks again!

  4. Oh. I just saw it. Will notify the editor to change it. Thank you for spotting it. 🙂

  5. February 17, 2015

    Federal Communications Commission
    Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov
    Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
    Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
    Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
    Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov

    Your Name Here
    Your Address Here
    You have more clout if you are a presumptive voter

    Dear Federal Communications Commission:

    Please do not reclassify the internet to telecommunications. The internet is firstly an information service and the good it is doing must be allowed to continue unencumbered.

    The internet, in its current classification, is the greatestequalizer of scientific, social, business, and cultural information and knowledge of all time. As the internet exists today it is the greatest man made
    worldwide equalizer of humanity on the earth. It is a source of freedom through knowledge and education.

    The wisdom of the FCC is being tested by the temptation to nudge this phenomenon into failure by strangling it under the guise of business regulation. By reclassifying theinternet to manage its lesser telecommunications aspects the commercialization of the internet will be complete; and humanity will lose this source of equalization and freedom.

    The internet, classified as an information service, is the greatest information service of all time. Government intrusion will harm this source of freedom and personal empowerment.


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    cc: Honerable (your senator)
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