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Monday, December 17, 2018

Discuss: A Year Since the FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - KoopaTV was the only site not trying to fearmonger.

I am not big into the whole anniversary thing, and I've supported an article questioning the concept of time itself. That said, a year (and a weekend) is generally enough for people to consider the consequences of an action, and know if it was good or bad, right? I know KoopaTV's audience isn't “generally” but... well, more on that shortly.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States voted a year ago on December 14 to eliminate Title II regulation of Internet Service Providers. KoopaTV supported the action and wrote a long, detailed primer as to why you should support it, too. Pretty much every other gaming site out there, along with nearly every other media outlet, was writing articles and even producing videos and comics (a bit outside my budget) about how you had to “save the Internet” by sending death threats or signing petitions against FCC chairman Ajit Pai and the other FCC members.

KoopaTV, of course, received quite a bit of ridicule from members of the general public who read that article. According to them, we were acting against our own interests. We were supporting the destruction of the Internet. We'll have to pay ISPs to play online games. (No, we're just paying the console manufacturer instead.)

KoopaTV was also supposed to be getting paid by the ISPs to defend them against the strict regulation (presumably to cancel out the money we'd have to pay them in the previous paragraph), but you'd think if they were doling out money, a lot more sites than KoopaTV would be involved.

As far as I can tell, the Internet has just been getting better and better, and access to it is improving with things like the FCC supporting the Connect America Fund to reduce the digital divide among rural America. Particularly important when games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate use peer-to-peer regional matchmaking for online multiplayer. If you have great Internet somehow in a rural part of the country, and your neighbours have bad Internet connections, you'll be stuck in a laggy morass for random matches.

The matchmaking system prioritizes proximity Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct online play
As the November 1 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct said, the matchmaking system prioritizes proximity.

Anyway, it's been a year since the vote, and unless I'm missing something (doubtful, since the Title II fans have a massive media apparatus that would amplify if anything happened), none of the things that people say would come true actually happened.

Is it too premature to declare that KoopaTV was right about something once again when no one else was? We just got Team Villains spot-on last weekend, down to how the score distribution would work out.

That's why you read KoopaTV, and if you're not already a regular reader, then ditch the general public and join our niche audience. You'll be glad you did.

Of course, if something did actually happen, or you would like to discuss some policy merits with Ludwig, please feel free to discuss things in the comments section. That's why the first word of the title of the article is "Discuss". KoopaTV is committed to the TRUTH (and levity), after all. Unlike those other websites that join in like uneducated punks and try to sell you fear, uncertainty, and doubt without evidence or logic backing it up.

Net neutrality is going to come back sometime in 2021–2022.


  1. Even if eliminating Title II regulation of Internet Service Providers was bad, it is still no Article 13 in Europe. A ban on memes really? Even if most are garbage anyway it is still a a way to silence the people's speech. Unless I am misunderstanding something and you know better about it.

    1. No, you're right, what Europe is trying to do is in-line with their anti-free-speech attitudes.

      One of the points I wanted to get across a year ago is that ISPs don't really care what speech you do on their services (until a mob bullies them otherwise). Governments and regulators, on the other hand, care since it's a threat to their sovereignty.

      Hence what you're looking at in Europe.


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