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Court Denies Free Press and Other Parties' Requests to Rehear Wrongly Decided Net Neutrality Appeal


<b>Court Denies Free Press and Other Parties' Requests to Rehear Wrongly Decided Net Neutrality Appeal</b>Late Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied parties' requests for rehearing of the court's decision in Mozilla v. FCC.
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Ajit Pai defeats another attempt to restore FCC's net neutrality rules, giving Trump and the conservatives the power to manipulate the internet for their own advantage. This is why you see the media doesn't affect Trump as bad like it could be, because A Shit Pie allows rich corporations and those in power to pay and control the internet as it is. This back-and-forth between administrations is bad for consumers and business alike. Congress needs to step in --unlikely under Cocaine Mitch aka Moscow Mitch. Networks are complex. Political solutions over applied are making things worse. One thing that might prove interesting going forward --is politicking for putting configuration of routers fully in the hands of the users, so they can make the choice over what traffic to prioritize if they so choose. You can buy a router that does fair queuing, today. You just can’t get one as supplied equipment in the USA. Routers often come with pre-settings that consumers cannot override. With the collapse of Network Neutrality --the underlying buffering problems will remain. Even as the big ISPs move the bandwidth sucking services in-house, those ISPs will retain the underlying buffering problems across their edge connections. Your network services will remain flaky, unless those ISPs deploy fixes. There are many other problems in the Internet today --the most scary is all the compromised routers out there. We all need find ways to regularly update the deployed base to new, faster, more secure router software as exploits arrive. Between the ISPs, and the Network Neutrality folk, and the users, and the engineers --we do have common goals, if only you would split out the stuff that can only be solved by political means from those for which technical solutions exist. Can you start an informed dialog on those fronts? The network you save may be your own. The ISPs claimed that ending network neutrality will spur research and investment. Make them prove it! In trying to disentangle the political and technical mess that the network neutrality debate has created, I find myself reflecting on the old joke about the engineer, the drunkard and the guillotine: "On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the midst of the French Revolution the revolting citizens led a priest, a drunkard and an engineer to the guillotine. They ask the priest if he wants to face up or down when he meets his fate. The priest says he would like to face up so he will be looking towards heaven when he dies. They raise the blade of the guillotine and release it. It comes speeding down and suddenly stops just inches from his neck. The authorities take this as divine intervention and release the priest. The drunkard comes to the guillotine next. He also decides to die face up, hoping that he will be as fortunate as the priest. They raise the blade of the guillotine and release it. It comes speeding down and suddenly stops just inches from his neck. Again, the authorities take this as a sign of divine intervention, and they release the drunkard as well. Next is the engineer. He, too, decides to die facing up. As they slowly raise the blade of the guillotine, the engineer suddenly says, 'Hey, I see what your problem is'…"

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