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Ars Technica has posted a summary of the surprising response to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski’s speech on net neutrality. As it stands the Internet Service Provider industry has been fighting net neutrality tooth and nail for years now. The laundry list of issues and headaches with the fight is a long one that promises to plunge the internet into a sea of hidden fees and tacked on charges that we already enjoy on our cell phone and cable bills. ISPs in the US have been doing nothing but adding fuel to the fire of these debates and have had a lot of us in Linterland standing on soap boxes the size of planets.

And then they threw us a curve ball by responding positively. The part of this whole affair that really gives me pause is why. It is immensely important to the good of the American public and to the internet as a whole to remain completely open, but ISPs are always looking for the best way to tack on fees and control the content that flows over their wires. This makes perfect sense, they control the lines, they control the bottom line. Their fight against net neutrality has never puzzled me. From their perspective it just makes business sense (albeit very greedy sense) to close down net neutrality. The fight has been long and convoluted enough that the FCC is finally stepping in and taking their stance for the future. The future that will soon enough become regulation and law. I am not surprised that the FCC had to get involved, but now that it has, the ISP response is befuddling. Something is fishy here. What do the ISPs have up their sleeve? This can’t be how it all ends. Sure, their response had a few caveats and concerns but was overwhelmingly (and shockingly I might add) positive.

What is their ace in the hole? What can we expect from the juggernauts of Linterland that seem hell-bent on putting the screws to it’s customers. I suppose only time will tell.

Check out the full article at Ars.

(Via Ars Technica.)

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