While not codified into law by the government until 2014 network neutrality was the underpinning of a gentlemen’s agreement at the start of the internet as a commercial venture after then Senator Al Gore helped write the legislation that took the military Darpa Net and Educations university network system into what would become the internet we know today. No provider of service would charge another service provide extra fees accept the basic usage costs of phone minutes, and connection access.
Sometimes you must have moderation and people on the outside of their parties to fix things and to fix anything you have to meet in the middle. So it’s no surprise that digital freedoms, privacy, and protections proponents like Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Republican Senator Rand Paul would undo the change, adopted by the U.S.Supreme Court in April, in a private vote, and without congressional involvement changed Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
The rule change, set to go into effect December 1st, would allow agencies like the FBI to use one warrant from any one state or federal jurisdiction to hack an unlimited number of computers in multiple jurisdictions using black hat hacking techniques of botnet hacking. This style of attack would open these compromised computers to attacks from third parties as well. It would also leave little oversight it seems to the FBI and other agencies who would now be able to do this if the rule change occurred. The bill spearheaded Wyden and Paul would block these overreach in powers by the FBI and other agencies. Republican Senator Steve Daines and Democrats Tammy Baldwin and Jon Tester are co-sponsoring the Stopping Mass Hacking Act. [Sen Wyden Post]
Plan8’s favorite telecom policy wonkette and all around badass telecommunications law maven Susan Crawford has written up a piece over at Backchannel about Western Massachusetts’s fiber fiasco. This report sheds light on the national failure to provide high-speed digital access to rural America as the story of a fiber optic network project by thirty-one (31) Massachusetts towns told as their community project is indefinitely delayed because of state apathy and delays in approval and funding.
Those who beat a drum for deregulation while on the take from legacy big business don’t care about the issue of broadband monopolies. They have made this a buzzword 24 second news clip Right vs Left debate. Further showing the republican party dragging the worst performing and actually laziest congress in the history of the United States into a further international laughing-stock. So it is actually amazing that even with this fervor of Republican grand old party politics game playing it is now becoming politically feasible for the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II status. Big business bought politicians, short of forcing government shutdowns, can’t do anything to stop it. Granted that is if the FCC does do anything though. Continue reading