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AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

NEW YORK (AP) — “Net neutrality” regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, on Wednesday proposed undoing the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015.

Here’s a look at what the developments mean for consumers and companies.

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WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?

Net neutrality is the principle that internet providers treat all web traffic equally, and it’s pretty much how the internet has worked since its creation. But regulators, consumer advocates and internet companies were concerned about what broadband companies could do with their power as the pathway to the internet — blocking or slowing down apps that rival their own services, for example.

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WHAT DID THE GOVERNMENT DO ABOUT IT?

The FCC in 2015 approved rules, on a party-line vote, that made sure cable and phone companies don’t manipulate traffic. With them in place, Comcast can’t charge Netflix for a faster path to its customers, or block it or slow it down. Several internet providers said they didn’t plan to do those things and Comcast said Wednesday that it supported undoing the net neutrality rules but did not “block, throttle or discriminate” against internet content.

The net neutrality rules gave the FCC power to go after companies for business practices that weren’t explicitly banned as well. For example, the Obama FCC said that “zero rating” practices by AT&T violated net neutrality. The telecom giant exempted its own video app from cellphone data caps, which would save some consumers money, and said video rivals could pay for the same treatment. Pai’s FCC spiked the effort to go after AT&T, even before it began rolling out a plan to undo the net neutrality rules entirely.

A federal appeals court upheld the rules in 2016 after broadband providers sued.

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WHY IS THE INDUSTRY OPPOSED?

Companies say they don’t want the stricter regulation that comes with the net neutrality rules. They say the regulations can undermine investment in broadband and introduced uncertainty about what were acceptable business practices. There were concerns about potential price regulation, even though the FCC had said it won’t set prices for consumer internet service.

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WHAT’S CHANGING FOR CONSUMERS?

Nothing, for now.

The FCC is a slow-moving agency, so Pai’s announcement merely kicks off a months-long procedure to undo the rules. Democratic lawmakers, activists and companies that support net neutrality have pledged to defend them. Republican lawmakers who opposed the 2015 rules on Wednesday invited Democrats in Congress to work on net neutrality legislation that would take precedence over FCC regulations.

In the long run, net-neutrality advocates say undoing these rules makes it harder for the government to crack down on internet providers who act against consumer interests and will harm innovation. Those who criticize the rules say undoing them is good for investment in broadband networks.

darkbeautyandabeast  asked:

WHAT?! LIVE ACTION TITANS next year?? My internet has been down and I just found out about this! Is it going to a movie or a series? Geoff Johns is apart of it right? Ohh I have mixed emotions about this. I'm excited but also very nervous. I hope Johns saves us all and keeps the other people working with him on it in line. I just want something GOOD for once for these characters.

Apparently. It’s going to be a series exclusive to DC’s own streaming service, along with YJ S3. 

He is, but so are a lot of the writers and whatnot from shows like SG, Flash, and Arrow. 

I’d say not to hold your breath. It’s definitely conflicting feelings all around, but DC is notorious for letting fans down these days, and I can’t imagine this being any good if it’s going to be anything like crappy ‘Arrow’. Which is basically a fucking soap opera at this point. Actually, most of DC’s LA shows are pretty eh in general, the mediocre ones being their best ones, but that’s not saying much. 

It’s probably best to wait and see.

Also, this is going to make the tags a breeding ground for antis and shipwars, so. I’m sort of dreading it, to be honest (better keep that block button handy). I kind of liked the size of our simple fandom, but these shows usually bring out the worst type of fans. 

I’m almost shocked there hasn’t been hate already seeing as how Johns’ name is attached to it and, God forbid he ‘panders to BB/Rae fans’ like he did before, right?

Originally posted by crashthefandoms

anonymous asked:

I'm just wondering who actually was mad that louis didn't tweet the actual day he debuted at number 2? I don't think that was a widespread thing at all. I didn't see anybody doing that. Do you have specific examples?

Mate, I can’t find things posted on my own blog from two days ago, much less a bunch of nonsense I DIDN’T post 4 months ago.

I saw tweets. I got anons. Other people got anons. The milder side was people saying they wished he’d just acknowledge the chart placement, seeing how hard fans worked to get it there. There was a sliding scale of entitlement from there and some of what I saw made me want to burn down the internet.

I am delighted to find out that there’s a new quality meme in Russia, the Wizard “Fwoosh” Cat, fwoosh [вжух] being the sound effect for the magic wand waving. 

The Fwoosh Cat can do great magic in your every-day life, good and bad all at the same time.

“Fwoosh, you’ve got insomnia”

“Fwoosh, you’re adopted”

“Fwoosh, and money is gone”

“Fwoosh, you’re expelled” next to a list of expelled pupils in a university

“Fwoosh, black ice”

Obligatory money fwoosh

“Cannot fwoosh on this page”

“Fwoosh, and you can fwoosh on this page”

“If you see this image, then it’s your lucky day. You’ve been visited by The Great Wizard Cat, the wisest of all wizard cats of the wizard cat school. A curse was laid on you, and it will turn your life into a nightmare. Only the wizard cat can lift the curse and once again make your life wonderful and full of magic”

Magical

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Well done, Keith… you actually did it.

Are y’all ready to get back to your boi Lance??! (And meet the last of the paladins?)

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[Rumi] is this alien who always looks like he’s going to the opera, but never gets there. And he knows that as soon as he turns up to the opera, even if he has on a top hat and looks like a million bucks, it doesn’t matter, that he’s still gonna terrify everyone there. And that they’ll kill him.
You’re a fucking genius.
What?