Ok, maybe that title wasn’t the best way to express that particular thought… But anyhow, the interlude between the striking down of the first net neutrality regulatory regime and the rise of Title II is now apparently over. As widely expected, the FCC has in fact approved new, stronger rules it hopes will stand up to judicial scrutiny.
And that scrutiny is coming, make no mistake. I’m sure the lawsuits that will challenge it have already been planned out in minute detail. But that story will take a few years to materialize, just like the last one did. And this time the likely result is not quite so obvious.
In the meantime, fast lanes and blocking of applications and types of traffic and all that are now strict no-nos. Even mobile operators will probably have to tow the line this time. The devil will be in the details though, and we haven’t seen those yet. Another detail we’re all waiting to see is whether the world of peering and transit will be affected, or if the new rules stick strictly to the last mile.
The various activists and corporate spokesmen have already hit the ground running. Any individual responses out there? How does it feel to be a utility this fine February afternoon?
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