The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

(@babulus)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

The regulator who is accountable, and those that aren't.

All those who would say about the FCC's proposed open internet regulation, "The government must be constrained and its rules limited," consider that the proposals are there precisely because another set of powers has considered at length instituting policies and rules which would adversely affect you and the rest of the internet-going public. Only these powers, the large carriers, are worst masters than your government.... more »

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40 votes
(@ar1030)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Net neutrality means NEUTRALITY as in everyone gets the same access

Opposing net neutrality because it "regulates the internet" is like opposing rape laws because they "regulate private relationships". These laws are very clearly designed to keep privately owned internet providers such as Comcast or Time Warner from controlling what information you can access. In no way do they allow "evil government regulators" from "controlling the internet", regardless of what your Republican politicians... more »

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197 votes
(@onaturalia)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

No Government Regulation Enabling Network Hogs

Net Neutrality is about inhibiting network providers from controlling bandwidth hogs such as Google and other companies that wish to put huge amounts of data of the network that affect quality of service of all network customers. It penalizes network companies who work to prevent network outages and provide better service. I prevents you from using the Internet unemcumbered by bandwidth hogs. The network companies and... more »

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(@johndozer)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

The Internet was created by the Government. If you don't like that, please stop using it.

My conservative fellows, hear me out please before you start arguing against net neutrality. The internet was created by the government. Let that sink in for a minute. The internet as we know it today is a spinoff from DARPA projects during the cold war to control nuclear silos. So to all you people who hate the government touching stuff well, give up your use of the internet to show how much you hate government involvement.... more »

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73 votes
(@mb0000)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

FCC should stay out

When our founding fathers established this country is was so that they could have protection from burdsome goverment that was going on in other countries. It was a Free counry, a country of choice, not of government control. Goverment was established for the Defense of the nation, thats it. They already controld exessivly too many areas of our lives, and we pay for it with taxes. Plain and simple, the FCC should... more »

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-65 votes
(@rljonassen)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

To Protect Individuals and Busineses, the FCC Must Protect Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is important to free speech and to equal access to the internet and its content. Failure to enact net neutrality guidelines will not benefit the Internet's individuals or small businesses; instead, it will benefit media companies like Comcast and AT&T, both of whom have already tried to restrict equal access to the Internet. As the internet takes on an increasingly larger role in work and personal lives,... more »

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101 votes
(@txaggie)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

No Government Internet Regulation

MRMHOUTX I believe a free and open internet should be preserved. No government, be it the United States, or any other, should have the power or right to control the flow of ideas and knowledge. No government should have the right to monitor, block, or otherwise regulate the flow of ideas and knowledge through any communication medium. Free speech, freedom of expression, right to protest, and the right to speculate,... more »

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-48 votes
(@email.detritus)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

The free flow of information is vital to the health of a Democracy; this is why we must support net neutrality.

The Internet is the most valuable tool for the spread of freedom and liberty on the planet. A vote against net neutrality is a vote to remove many of the benefits of this powerful tool from the individual. A vote against net neutrality is a vote to hand the reins of those same tools over to corporations and other large entities who already have a massively disproportionate amount of power in the world. If you feel like... more »

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71 votes
(@fawsmith)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Neutrality: Telephones don't prioritize connection to telcos financial partners, why should the Internet?

Imagine you picked up the phone to order a Papa John's and Ma Bell tried to steer you towards Dominos Pizza instead, because Dominos pays them commission on your order. Extreme, yes, but illustrative of "traffic prioritization" arrangements that will develop if we don't insist on Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is fundamental to an Open Internet. Don't be distracted by FUD.

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151 votes
(@raywhite)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Current plans for net neutrality don't go far enough. They need to cover search engines too.

From what I gather, most of the net neutrality effort seems to be directed at the big communications companies. While I certainly believe that they need to be regulated per the other threads in this discussion, I also believe that there is a very-near monopolistic hold on the search engine portals (Google, MSN, Yahoo) that poses an even greater threat to net neutrality. A person could make the greatest and most-useful... more »

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-52 votes