FCC Claims DDOS Attacks Following 'Last Week Tonight' Segment

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Would be nice to know what the FTC's job is in all of this as the FCC says it's backing down to let the FTC regulate.... Oh wait... that side of the story doesn't nearly stir the pot as much, if at all.


Jan 22, 2015
Everybody is concerned about something as minor ss slow lanes without thinking of the real implications. What is Comcast's motivation to let their competition even access their network in the first place (which the majority of internet traffic ultimately travels through at some point).

What's preventing comcast or Time Warner from just outright making Netflix and Hulu 100% inaccessible -not just from their own customers, they can affect users of other ISPs if the traffic gets routed through their part of the country.
What protection is their from Verizon hijacking AT&T's website to their own?

Whats stopping any of the ISPs from canceling service to anybody who tries to contact the FCC about this. Which would blacklist that would also be legal for these companies to share with each other, because Ajit Pai is allowing ISPs to sell your personally identifiable browsing history to anybody they want (including the government, without a warrant).

Trillions of dollars could evaporate from the world's economy overnight if the CEO of one of these companies thinks they can make a quick buck if they decide to cut off some of these massive web service provides like Amazon, or Google, or Facebook, or even Microsoft and Apple. They could even cut off brokerage houses from trading securities. The ripple from that could (legally) collapse the world economy.
The consequences are far too dire to allow a single person to act on his own whims and financial interests without meaningful consequence - and the FTC lacks the teeth to impose a fine of any significance if they do decide to take the reigns.

The actions of Ajit Pai will result in the most damage an American has ever done toward the progress of humanity.

That will and has happened on a small scale with certain apps already. At first large cities will be insulated as there is actual competition so people would flee ISP's but everywhere else where there is little to no competition I could see this being a major issue day one. The big money play is forcing services either by throttling or redirecting traffic and that will happen if this passes as there is to much money in it for it not to.


Mar 16, 2007
The ISP's have a monopoly on almost every area they "service". If the FCC refuses to monitor and regulate the ISP's, they will continue to do what they always do. They will look out for themselves!!! As for Ajit Pai's statements;

"It will spur broadband deployment throughout the country and thus bring better, faster Internet service to more Americans." This is utter non-sense! The US is sorely behind other country's in broadband. This is what happens when the ISP's are left to do as they wish!

"It will create jobs by putting Americans to work deploying broadband networks and by creating the networks and online opportunities necessary for additional job growth and economic opportunity." Non-sense again, the recent growth was mainly pushed by Google. Google stopped because they believe wireless is the way to go, specifically 5G.

"It will boost competition and choice in the broadband marketplace." How, most US citizens have two choices for internet service do to ISP monopolies; One broad band, and one not so broadband. How does this foster competition?

"It will secure online privacy by putting the FTC—the nation’s premier consumer protection agency—back in charge of broadband providers’ privacy practices." Seriously, the ISP's have created super cookies and other software to spy on their clients. Government over-site has only occasionally caught them in the act prior to Net Neutrality. What a ridiculous claim!

"It will restore Internet Freedom by ending government micromanagement and returning to the bipartisan regulatory framework that worked well for decades." At least this statement is mostly true, although I would question how well it worked!

WE NEED NET NEUTRALITY! Today's society relies on the internet, there needs to be over-site to insure fair play and equal access for all.

Please take the time to contact the FCC and demand Net Neutrality remain in place. You can contact them at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express The preceding number is 17-108 or you can type in Restoring Internet Freedom Proceeding.



So, let me get this right... You say that the FTC can't do it, Their oversight isn't enough to do a good job pf policing to keep privacy. So, the FCC, another government agency with just about as much red tape as the FTC is going to do a better job? Seriously?

Micro-management of the internet involves little, if any privacy. Micro management places, in this case, the Government, which you already stated with its oversight hasn't been able to do much (i.e catch offenders)... Oh wait, for them to micro-manage they have to be into everybody's business in detail. That's not neutrality. That's not enforcing any rights to privacy.



Nov 2, 2012

I'll turn this around and say it makes little sense for the FTC who deals with cars and toasters to deal with this. Verizon sends you VOIP packets to your phone, and other packets to your internet, and the FCC should treat the first as a utility but the FTC "monitor" the second as a non-utiliity? Nonsense.

Also, without the FCC regulating this under Title 2, there is no law governing the messy aspects of net neutrality. Which means there is nothing the FTC can do.

Here's a scenario for you. Let's say Verizon (Wireless) is in the video and audio streaming business and they decide they aren't going to charge you for the data involved, to give you incentive to use their services. From the FTC point of view, they are doing nice things for the consumer, and they won't bring any action against Verizon. From the Net Neutrality point of view, this is evil in the long run as it will choke out any competition in the streaming business. The FCC can bring action, if they still regulate ISPs.
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