Correction: Ajit Pai wasn't filled into "the swamp" by Trump. Pai was already an FCC commissioner. He was appointed in May 2012 by Barack Obama (big mistake) at the recommendation of Mitch McConnell, even though the Democrats had control of the Senate at that time. Pai was elevated to the position of FCC Chairman by President Trump. Apparently, only three members of the five FCC Commissioners can be of the same party, but that is enough to get a party line majority vote on many issues.
The net neutrality scaremongering is entirely overrated, however. There is a lot of doom and gloom talk when the reality is that most ISPs are going to continue shifting your packets regardless of origin/destination and your quality of service is still mostly determined by your observed throughput (megabits per second) rather than crazy zero rating anti-net neutrality schemes, which are only really relevant for mobile/4G data use. You don't need a "fast lane" if your Internet service is already faster than your needs (probably 50 Mbps is enough for a lot of people).
Let's say your ISP does implement a "fast lane". Why would TDM Forums or you need to pay for faster access? It's mostly text with some images. "Fast lanes" are mostly relevant in the case of video providers like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, etc. (and again, much more relevant on mobile Internet than wired). But the average throughput people have to those sites is on the order of just 3 or 4 megabits per second. Here's Netflix's October 2017 report. Who leads the list of large ISPs? The EVIL COMCAST at 3.88 Mbps... and it's not even an optic fiber service. Add the "small ISP" pro-net neutrality 1 GIGABIT PER SECOND Google Fiber and you can see it is only 1.8% faster than Comcast at a whopping 3.95 Mbps.
Furthermore, the amount of throughput needed to stream video is decreasing due to new codecs. VP9 and H.265 have decreased requirements, and AOMedia Video 1 is likely to do so again. So if you are just streaming 720p quality video (which is good enough for most people unless you are getting into VR video), then your throughput/bandwidth requirements will decrease in about 3 years as the new codec(s) start to get used. At the same time, bandwidth will get cheaper as it always has and adoption of 10GbE to 100GbE switches will increase (25 and 50 GbE have been added into the mix).
I like the EFF as much as the next guy, but the death of net neutrality will not be as dire as everyone is saying. The elimination of ISP privacy rules was a bigger deal, but even those had only existed for some months and hadn't gone into effect (meaning no change).
Edited by jaxa, 22 November 2017 - 09:44 AM.