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Old 04-07-2010, 11:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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IMPORTANT NET NEUTRALITY ACTION ITEM: SIGN PETITION TO FCC

The struggle to maintain an open internet took a blow today with a big court decision against net neutrality.

Sign this petition and send the link to others to have them do the same. The FCC needs to have a strong public reaction to give them the impetus to take action to correct the situation.


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Old 04-07-2010, 11:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure what Combast and AT&T will do to the internet, but I know what FCC has done to TV. No thank you, I'll take my chances.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What are the current problems with the internet that youd like to solve with government intervention?
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What are the current problems with the internet that youd like to solve with government intervention?
Quick reading of this tells me this will block broadband providers from charging more for tiered services (want VoIP? pay more, want to game? pay more, etc). If this passes, they'll only be able to provide tiered services by charging for traffic (per byte).

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The FCC must reclassify broadband as a "telecommunications service" so that it can keep the Internet open and free of corporate gatekeepers...
Which I can only assume to mean that by classifying it as such, FCC will gain control over the internet, and then we're just a tenacious-soccermom-activist-group away from regulated internet.

Then there's this: Court: FCC has no power to regulate Net neutrality | Politics and Law - CNET News

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The FCC does not have the legal authority to slap Net neutrality regulations on Internet providers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
so this whole thing seems futile.

I'm gonna go hoard porn and movies.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The theory to some is that Comcast AT&T & the like will nickel and dime you to death on internet services like the Cable companies do on TV. Voip Package 5$, Gaming package 10$, want to use e-mail other than the ISP $10, Want to see NetFlix @ top quality $20, want to VPN into your company thats a $30 teleworker package etc..etc..

then the serious whack jobs say ohh AT&T and Yahoo are in bed so we will intentionally degrade (traffic shaping or Quality of service markings) your experience to Google and Bing so you use their partner.

So the FCC wants to say all IP traffic is the same (net neutrality) and remove flexibility from the ISP to look into the traffic and make value judgments on what to prioritize.

Like most things it's not black and white the best answer is somewhere in the middle. AT&T/Verizon etc.. should be allowed to say hey you're watching HD video @ 720P for 6 hrs a stretch on NetFlix and affecting our ability to let Sally Soccermom update her facebook page we need to throttle you to be fair to Sally. But they should not be allowed to say hey I'm Comcast I offer a fee based video on demand service so your Netflix traffic is going to be low priority or intentionally degraded so you are encouraged to pay me.

Problem is it's difficult to prove the latter so we have the Net Neutrality folks
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Which way gives me faster porn?
You should be worried about which way won't get you regulated by the FCC.
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