The internet is basically neutral now and it desperately needs to stay that way. For democracies to thrive and grow, a free flow of uncensored information must flow into the marketplace of ideas, and let the market decide which ideas are good, and which are not.
The United States should not follow countries like China & Iran in conrolling Free-Speech on the internet!
I am AGAINST the government regulating and controlling the internet. I view the internet as the ultimate in "free speech" and agree with Chairman Genachowski when he said that the Internet is the most transformational communications breakthrough of our time and an essential part of our lives. The Internet has become a powerful communications and economic force BECAUSE it has been free from government interference. To... more »
I just wanted to share my experience comparing two different internet service providers I have, one is Pavlov media, and the other is ATT. Pavlov media provides a 1.5mbit service to my house, and ATT provides the same to my parents house. Both cost about the same and advertise their connections as being equal speed. The difference is that Pavlov filters their connection extensively based on file type, website visited,... more »
Which is the the party of the opposite. The Patriot - the criminalize and marginalize everyone - nothing patriotic about it. The Clean Air act - to explore collaborations with energy corps to drill in the Alaska wild reserve, to combat Kyoto or any climate change science - and now in the light of the lucid facts that the Bush Admin hid and hedged the science that was inconvenient. Internet Freedom Act - sponsored... more »
The purpose of the FCC is to create legislation to protect the communication infrastructure. And that's exactly what net neutrality is -- protecting the communication infrastructure from greedy corporations that want to monetize, control and conquer something that is a shared resource -- our precious internet. Not all governmental regulation is bad, obviously. In this case, it's very good, and very welcome -- it's basically... more »
Net Neutrality is what allows freedom of expression on the net. Regulation will restrict the voice of the people. We have seen amazing amounts of political change, and I personally have learned much by the "anyone can join the discussion" concept of the internet (such as this "join the discussion" box I am currently typing into). Seeing some be left out of having their ideas heard because they could not afford to post... more »
With the current downturn in the economy- we need to encourage investment and job creation whenever we can. If the FCC adopts net neutrality rules it will burden an industry that is investing and creating new jobs. Net neutrality is the wrong idea at the wrong time.
The only people who would be against net neutral legislation would be those who stand to lose money from it. Don't let anyone tell you this is about the government controlling your internet. This is about companies trying to control your internet. Don't let them.
Support open access to the web. Support net neutrality.
From my slight travels of the world, I feel that the US has a very free and open and available internet infrastructure right now. Other places have higher speeds, but internet access is incredibly easy to come by in this country and highly used by the educated public. This is why it needs protection from the companies like Comcast that are currently monopolizing our access to the internet. The US could have some of... more »
I recently enjoyed Ken Burns' wonderful series on our national parks. As I read today about the question of net neutrality, I was reminded of a man in Ken Burns’ series named Ralph Cameron. Cameron pretty much decided that the Grand Canyon belonged to him. Why? Because he said so! One of his many outrageous offenses was the "toll road" he built at the head of Bright Angel Trail, where he charged visitors a large... more »
AN OPEN INTERNET IS PART OF FREE SPEECH AND FREE SPEECH IF PART OF EVERY AMERICAN'S CIVIL RIGHTS. TO REGULATE IT IS TO TAKE AWAY ONE OF OUR CIVIL RIGHTS, THIS MUST NOT HAPPEN EVER IF WE HOPE TO KEEP A FREE SOCIETY.
The government should stay out of the Internet. The whole purpose of the government is to defend its citizens from internal and external threats; not to control all aspects of society. As American citizens, we have all seen the government at work. I ask you this: how many times has the government taking over a service caused it to become better or more efficient? NEVER! On a different note; the President (and the government... more »
U.S. is 28th in the world for internet connectivity speeds. We are the only industrialized nation without a comprehensive internet policy. Finland just declared high speed internet access a legal right.
Please, for the love of this country, keep the internet neutral. Others have articulated the argument far better than I, I just wanted to add my support in favor of a neutral internet.
The neutral net is the great equalizer. It allows a one man business operation like mine to be able to compete. As an artist/illustrator I have to send large files to my clients around the world. A closed internet would have a huge impact on my business. The open net has helped to create a whole new category of small businesses that would not exist if they had to compete for bandwidth against big companies with deep... more »