Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Major challenge to Pai's net neutrality repeal moves to federal circuit

INCOMPAS, a trade association representing smaller telecoms, is joining a lawsuit against the repeal of network neutrality, and the venue was moved from the Ninth Circuit to the Federal Circuit.

Dell Cameron explains for Gizmodo in a surprising story here where he says the major media misses this entire development.
Apparently this could delay the “repeal” even further, or prevent it, until Congress passes some reforms.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ajit Pai's motives with the OMB review

Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica gives a more detailed explanation of Ajit Pai’s allowing the net neutrality “repeal” languish with the OMB, largely over the transparency rules, here.
The OMB issue has already been covered here, but the writer conjectures that Pai wants to give Congress some reason for a “compromise” bill, allowing more paid prioritization, but the Democrats and the activists are ceding no ground.

Friday, April 20, 2018

OMB process may slow down the net neutrality "repeal" on April 23

Gigi Sohn has a detailed article on “broadcastingcable” explaining how a comment period on OMB regulations regarding rollback of network neutrality runs from March 27 to April 26, 2018. 
Theoretically, a few changes from providers would be possible April 23, but throttling could not happen until after the OMB period and after transparent notification from ISP’s to consumers.
It doesn’t appear that any litigation or state laws would stop the administrative process associated with OMB review.  There is a good theoretical question about how administrative law (vs. courts) could set any precedents.

Sohn indicates that so far major ISP’s have shown no interest in throttling.
We think they could eventually require sites to have security certificates (SSL’s) and possibly safety ratings.  The SSL might be a useful tool to reduce the growing risk of foreign sabotage or hacking (as would the use of content delivery services like SiteLock and Cloudflare).  Google says it wants to see the entire web on SSL by July!!

Update: April 24

Electronic Frontier Foundation explains this more thoroughly in a story by Katherine Trendacosta.  EFF does not know when OMB will publish on the Federal Register and what the "final" cutover date would be. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

California getting cold feet on restoring net neutrality?

California is trying to enforce net neutrality within its own borders, with State Senator’s bill SB S822, and a California state Senate committee is trying to undermine the bill, according to EFF’s Ernesto Falcon.

Although the committee is sympathetic to preventing throttling, it seems to side with big telecom on its need to make money through some paid prioritization and zero-rated services. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Loss of net neutrality rules could ironically complicate https everywhere efforts

Here's something to watch.  In providing a security certificate (SSL) to enable https everywhere for your site, your host may have to propagate a new IP address (especially if its not a free one). 

There are many products to track propagation.  Generally the certificate will not work until all telecom companies around the world have changed the A record IP. The http sometimes will not work either if there is CDS,

This means that after the "net neutrality repeal" rules take place on April 23, there is at least a theoretical possibility that a domestic (US) telecom could reject a site if it has announced it will do so in advance for some kinds of sites.  This is something to watch for. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Open DNS could provide workarounds for net neutrality loss if the "worst" were really to happen

I haven’t heard any more big news on holding up net neutrality repeal, but I also haven’t heard of any plans by telecoms to change anything (and even the new environment requires announcement and transparency).
But Ars technical referred back to its rather pessimistic December 2017 article, and recommends some OpenDNS tools, as run by Cloudflare, to stop any telecom sniffing, article by Sean Gallagher here.  Apparently there are ways around throttling, too, if it ever happens (although Cloudflare has in at least one case refused at least one controversial customer, Daily Stormer).
OpenDNS is permissible with some telecoms, not others.  It can also provide a useful tool for an Airbnb host to shield himself from any misbehavior online by guests.