So if any of you guys have been following the net neutrality debate, you're probably aware of how massively FCC is f*cking this up. Today they release a set of guidelines establishing a "base and fair speed" with a provision that content providers could still charge for delivering content at higher speeds.
Basically they're saying "hey the net should be neutral, but you can get a better speed if you're willing to pay for it". It's kind of amazing that the FCC, who is supposed to be the most knowledgeable institution in the country when it comes to communication matters, has no idea what they're doing.
And the cherry on top of the ice cream, this is what AT&T had to say about today's FCC announcement:
"Utility regulation would strangle investment, hobble innovation, and put government regulators in charge of nearly every aspect of Internet-based services. It would deprive America of the world's most robust broadband infrastructure, and place a cloud over every application or website that delivers products and content to consumers. In short, it would place government in control of the Internet at the expense of private companies, inventors and entrepreneurs, and ultimately at the expense of the American people."
The sheer amount of bullcrap going on is mind boggling. The FCC proposing awful after awful net neutrality regulation, the ISPs saying they can't implement net neutrality and still make a profit (because it's not like they're bleeding people dry right now...), and the carriers trying to make special rules so that if a real net neutrality proposal ever does make it through, it won't apply to mobile internet. And then we have statements like the one above form AT&T saying everything is cool and the US has awesome internet, and the government is trying to fuck it up. Yeah ok AT&T, we all know you only hold the consumer's best interest in mind...