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Net Neutrality just got gutted

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slob-air
Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:49 am Reply with quote
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I'll let Demand Progress explain it:

3 judges dismantled the open Internet by deciding that big companies should be able to determine what we see online.

They struck down “Net Neutrality” – the principle that no corporation or state authority can censor, slow down, block, or privilege certain content on the web. It's the basis for what has made the Internet a place for creativity, free speech, and innovation.

Without Net Neutrality, the very startups that make the Internet a force of innovation will be throttled – unable to compete with incumbent businesses that can pay to provide their access faster than any startup could.

As of yesterday’s ruling, no one can protect Internet users from ISPs that block or discriminate against websites, applications or services. Companies like Verizon will now be able to block or slow down any website, application or service they like.

Carriers can now charge content providers to make sure their content works well – something that privileges companies already dominating the market at the expense of the startups that have made the Internet great. Facebook or Google might be able to afford preferential treatment – but what about the startup that otherwise could replace them?

It’s incredibly insidious, and it threatens to take away the level playing field that’s made the Internet such an incredible boon for society.

The FCC, however, has the power to protect Net Neutrality – if they classify broadband as a communications service, something we all know it is with all the time we spend communicating with friends and loved ones via e-mail and social media, they’ll have the power to reinstate Net Neutrality rules.


This could very well affect us here on S&B and with other sites you dig. Speak up now.

Click here to tell the FCC to enact Net Neutrality rules that won't be struck down by the courts.

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Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:06 pm Reply with quote
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its a pity that petition is only open to US peeps... cos it affects everyone.

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Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:56 pm Reply with quote
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Pick any hotel in any city and state and get the address and zip code off their website.

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Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:07 am Reply with quote
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that would be fibbing.

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Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:26 am Reply with quote
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No, its just giving them what they need for you to exercise your right of free speech.

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Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:21 am Reply with quote
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I don't fully understand what that means...but it doesn't sound cool.
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slob-air
Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:11 am Reply with quote
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Basically it means the big telcos can throttle (slow down) service to websites that are not paying them money or are competing with someone who is. They can also outright block sites they don't agree with, sites that are critical of them and sites on competing telcos. In other words, they can fuck up the internet.

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Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:08 am Reply with quote
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Sounds like fancy vocabulary for "bribes".

WTF?

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slob-air
Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:19 pm Reply with quote
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Sign the petition!!!

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Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:22 pm Reply with quote
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slob-air wrote:
Basically it means the big telcos can throttle (slow down) service to websites that are not paying them money or are competing with someone who is. They can also outright block sites they don't agree with, sites that are critical of them and sites on competing telcos. In other words, they can fuck up the internet.


So does it also mean that abusers, scammers, terrorists and general scum of the world who shouldn't have free reign on the internet to do their dispicable shit can also be blocked, slowed down etc?
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