Is Internet Net Neutrality Really Dead?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Earlier this week, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against the FCC, ending net neutrality. Is this the end of an Open Internet? Annie fills in and explains what this decision means, and how consumers could end up seeing higher prices for services like Netflix in the future.

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Amit Fenn January 18, 2014 - 9:43 PM

I don't understand why we need to regulate the internet at all

Andy Gregorio January 18, 2014 - 10:03 PM

If we already pay for Internet then we pay for subscriptions ie. Netflix so why would we pay more to see something that we already payed for?

Catawallupin January 18, 2014 - 10:24 PM

Internet "service" providers will slow down or stop traffic to web sites that don't pay them a fee.  As a content provider, can you imagine having to pay every ISP in the world so that your web page can be viewed?  This is a big money power grab and with congress and judges on the side of big business we can expect less diversity available to our browsers.

The best internet operates at the speed of light and has no "slow lanes" or stop signs.  You pay for access to ALL the web when you employ a service provider.  We should demand service that is nothing short of this.

What if all homes and businesses were connected via fiber optic network owned and maintained by a company that by law could not provide internet service?  Would this level the playing field?

Tomas K January 18, 2014 - 10:26 PM

I'm tired of the government trying to be the pirates of the internet, attacking convois of information with the sole purpose of destroying it and everyone who approaches! It is time that someone attacked them back! They have commited crimes against the people of the internet and deserve to be put to sleep! Where are the hackers!? We, the people, need them to free us permanently from the bandits that are the government! Enough is enough!

Acta, Sopa, the list goes on and if someone doesn't do anything we'll lose the internet and the right to be free at home. They can tell us what to do and what not to do. They can tell us how much we are allowed to drink and what we can't build or own, but they SHALL NOT take away our internet, our freedom and our escape from the real world!

BillyJoe1305 January 18, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Net neutrality was the death of free and open internet.

JukaDominator January 18, 2014 - 11:11 PM

Time to find a way to pirate the internet.

Mister Dope January 19, 2014 - 12:09 AM

Lets go wheeler! i cant be paying for my internet like i do for my phone!

festrell3 January 19, 2014 - 3:58 AM

To be perfectly clear to the folks that are decrying the government in this matter: stop that. Stop worrying about the government. They aren't the ones pushing this appeal. Verizon is, and I'm quite certain there are other ISPs out there that are very much wanting to see these regulations be gone once and for all (Comcast and TWC come to mind). You'll need the FCC (a government organization) to be able to fight on your behalf and impose rules that will ensure that the ISPs do not infringe on our rights as consumers. You'll also need the courts to be cognizant of our rights as well — and more importantly, recognize that the Internet is a free medium.

This was the Judicial Branch telling the FCC that it's doing things wrong and to try again. While I don't agree with the decision of the Federal judge that presided over the lawsuit, there's not much I can do except protest and wait for the case to wend its way into the Supreme Court. If anything, definitely don't let this information pass unnoticed — everyone that uses the Internet in the United States should be aware of what the ISPs are trying to do, and that is to manipulate existing regulations in their favor. If you don't mind an information blackout though, feel free to remain silent on the matter.

Bobby Atlas January 19, 2014 - 5:45 AM

Anyone who's with Verizon or AT&T should stop paying them immediately. They don't deserve money from us anymore.

Thanh Chiem January 19, 2014 - 5:58 AM

if Verizon did so, all ads would be about verizon, and as well as all vids!

Bibbin January 19, 2014 - 9:21 AM

Time to go form a petition

xxhellspawnedxx January 19, 2014 - 1:41 PM

Definitely bad for us customers, if it's maintained.

Dazart January 19, 2014 - 4:27 PM

I think potato.

Cusco Othriyas January 19, 2014 - 7:14 PM

We had WWI in Europe, then WWII across the globe. Now look on the screens everybody! IT'S WWIII, BATTLE FOR THE INTERNET!

Valcross January 19, 2014 - 11:13 PM

Fuck you veraison lets boycott it grind it to dust and where is anonymous when we need them

Valcross January 19, 2014 - 11:17 PM

Who ever they payed to push this need to go to jail and veraizon needs to go bankrupt boycott them ignorant ass you dont rule the internet we do !!!

Rhino Lin January 20, 2014 - 4:11 AM

okay nobody buy any verizon products

Justin January 20, 2014 - 5:51 AM

Might as well give up my learning to be a web designer. Thanks government!

Christopher C January 20, 2014 - 11:32 AM

Just another reason to hate big telecoms!

Quentyn73 January 20, 2014 - 12:40 PM

If YT has more traffic they shoul pay

Aqlor January 20, 2014 - 3:33 PM

Internet is not a "US thing", if a court in USA said something, other countries don't care.

Root January 21, 2014 - 4:13 AM

Three years ago, the Dutch telecom company KPN was planning to make customers pay for services such as Whatsapp, because people make less and less phone calls and text messages through SMS, but before they could do that, Dutch politics put a stop to that and since then net neutrality has been a part of Dutch law.
Another country with net neutrality is Chile (they were the first, Netherlands is the second).

People should be able to freely determine what information that they themselves want to use without the intervention of service providers.
People should be able to freely use the services they want to use, not what a company wants them to use.
The principle of a free and open internet should apply to all.

Starvling k January 21, 2014 - 4:15 AM

Net Neutrality in itself is a PRO Corporation law.

Why? Because only certain "corporate giants" will be able to strain internet providers for a cheaper price because providers had to take special precautions against such strain. So in someway internet providers were offering internet at lower rates for the same quality to certain buyers and charged normal consumers more for the same internet.

If we really do need Net Neutrality we need to address the abuse of a company straining an internet provider before we enact a law.

Karma Dipso January 21, 2014 - 9:39 AM

Those fuckers

bigedaymon January 21, 2014 - 3:47 PM

Boycott Verizon….

Kiškis January 21, 2014 - 5:27 PM

If this happens, people will find new ways to connect.

NetworKing January 22, 2014 - 12:44 PM

I agree with the blocking regulations, but don't know about the other parts. I have dealt with ISPs with data caps, and find kind of annoying. Worst was hughesnet. we get service like a week later basically becomes dial up. We were on phone had to hold like an hour then get somebody and there like your over your data limit. Were like what you never said anything about this. I could deal with the cap, work around, etc. But I hate companies especial something huge like hughes, and for what you pay them they won't even tell you during install. We went to dishnetwork/dishnet for like 3 mo that was a big mistake. Service was somewhat different, but they still don't tell you everything leaving you to find out. 

We went back to directv,and tried exede. So far pretty happy with exede, told you what you should know about the service. They have cap too, but they have decent open time at night to download, like hughesnet had until dish network bought them up. Personally I kind of understand why the do the caps, etc, but i feel its dumb. Stops certain things from really being practical like Netflix, etc, innovation, etc. We are paying these companies for access, and that's what they should provide if they have to jump from like gig to 10 gig systems that's what we pay them to do. I kind of understand the customer fair access part, but i think that's kind of goofy. I wouldn't really care if my service is not running to a capacity that these policys give. I would think as long as you gave web page traffic somewhat a priority, most people would be happy. If something i'm downloading takes 5 min longer what ever.

MultiArrow123 January 23, 2014 - 11:41 AM

everybody please understand for the first time in U.S history its not the government hindering are freedom its Verizon

Alexandre Pinho January 23, 2014 - 8:38 PM

This only applies to the US, right?

General Zod January 23, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Legally yes. Now the only thing stopping companies from doing the stuff everyone is afraid they are going to do is public perception of that companies reputation. They continued to fight to end net neutrality despite the popular support for it so I think peoples opinions will not stop them from blocking or throttling whatever they want because a lion does not concern itself with the opinions of sheep. Corporations apparently have the same rights as a person but not the same accountability.

Hero of Legend January 24, 2014 - 10:48 AM

The thing is at this point the internet has become necessary for people's standards of living.  Life without it would be hell because the internet is used as the primary information source and if everything on it is priced then people cannot afford it.  They cannot look up information in magazines or papers anymore.  Those are scarce.  It's mostly online now.  Verizon really needs to consider the consequences of their actions.  The internet is not just a luxuary.  It's a necessity.  There will be riots.  There will be wars and bloodshed.  Expect that.  The government is trying to take away a crucial aspect of living standards from the people.  They won't stand for that and it could in worst case scenario lead to a Civil War 2.  

Edward Scheufler January 24, 2014 - 11:06 PM

What a cutie…was she talking?…

Snowmangaming92 January 25, 2014 - 4:35 AM

America what are gonna do, huh? You can't push this on the world. The internet is not YOURS to play with. Americans already pay for internet. What?! You wan't more money, 200+ dollars you say?! Normal people can't afford that. And will just drop having internet. This will just hurt America as a country. No one will follow you.. The rest of the world are not sheep that follow you brainlessly. Go burn in hell for all I care. You are greedy, arrogant and selfish idiots that don't know a shit about the internet. (I'm not ranting about America as a whole, just ISP and the shitty government.)

Keysappa January 26, 2014 - 2:53 PM

fuck corporate america

Cee STUPH January 28, 2014 - 9:39 AM


Tony Simpson January 28, 2014 - 10:42 AM

boycott verizon and any other provider who wants to be a douche. simplez!

SurvMach February 1, 2014 - 7:16 AM

the freedom to communicate

museumgirl9 February 7, 2014 - 10:54 AM

Below please find the link to the full Opinion on the Circuit Court of DC in which three judges defend striking Net Neutrality, case No. 11 – 1355. Those judges are ROGERS and TATEL, Circuit Judges, and SILBERMAN, Senior Circuit Judge. Opinion for the Court filed by Circuit Judge TATEL.$file/11-1355-1474943.pdf

Their office numbers are below. Please encourage all your viewers to calmly and intelligently call these judges to describe, in great detail, the reality of their decision.

DAVID S. TATEL (202) 216-7160
JUDITH W. ROGERS (202) 216-7260
LAURENCE H. SILBERMAN (202) 216-7353

All contact information found here:

Jonathan Walden February 12, 2014 - 12:23 PM

It definitely doesn't sound good for consumers.

radstorm February 20, 2014 - 1:38 AM

I think when/if this comes about..Google be like.. fu . we'll just be our own isp ;)

jay762360 February 21, 2014 - 9:04 AM

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!  Net neutrality is censorship.  This has nothing to do with pricing.  This has everything to do with content.  This young lady has no idea that her actions are working towards destroying all freedom in the United States.  This young lady is what Stalin used to refer to as 'a usefull idiot'.  She thinks that she is working for the greater good.  She is actually working for people who would bring about a totalatarian dictatorship in the US.  This would mean for all of us, no more free travel, no more driving our own cars, no more living in the burbs, no more smoking, no more drinking, only work, work, work.  And if you can no longer work, you got to go to a camp.  If you think I'm full of it, then study, yes put down the game controller and read.  These evil people mean real business guys.  It's all in print, you only have to read and understand it.

Indigo42Kitsune April 25, 2014 - 9:58 AM

If Net Neutrality is dead, then yes the internet as we know it will be dead. 

John West April 26, 2014 - 11:45 PM

Tek Syndicate, Tek Syndicate !!! LEADING THE CHARGE AGAINST THE SUITS !!

krieg9 May 5, 2014 - 1:58 AM

If you actually think that regulating the internet is a good idea then you're missing the whole god damn point. 

robertomasymas May 10, 2014 - 6:26 PM

this could have been covered with a less US-centric presentation — things like "half of all internet traffic", and "net neutrality dead" sound global but really are only talking about the US market.

Imaginativeable August 26, 2014 - 8:07 AM

Do telecoms and ISP's slow down smartphone and desktop applications?

Noah Ramadan November 18, 2014 - 3:57 AM
asmodale November 29, 2017 - 2:48 AM

Yes net neutrality is going to die! :)

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