(@rsmithmd)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Private corporations must not control our only remaining source of facts and opnion from all points of view

The reason our country has not worked toward peace, better education and prosperity for all of its citizens, decent healthcare for all, and reductions in global-warming pollution is that our main sources of information have been paid for by the advertising of large corporations. Our Congress is in the hands of big business because we don't have public funding of Congressional campaigns and citizens don't know what our ...more »

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(@chaaalieboy)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Without net neutrality, small businesses like mine would be doomed to failure.

I can imagine a situation where ISPs limit internet access to only a few sites willing to jump through their hoops. Imagine it turning into a cable tv or dish network type situation, where you get a certain number of sites according to how much you pay a month. I wouldn't be able to make a living. Small businesses would never be able to get a leg up and the giants would continue to dominate the business world.

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(@dave.kliman)

Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and National Security

ISPs are not cops, and never should be.

The big problem with representative Markey's Net Neutrality bill, is that it bequeaths onto ISPs the power to be police by giving them the responsibility to figure out which users are lawfully using the internet. For one thing that violates the due process clause of the constitution. For another it means that ISPs will inherently be able to watch our data... I have a big problem with that. That violates the prohibition ...more »

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(@dbg0002)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Let It Grow Naturally

Traffic prioritization is essential. Throttling certain uses is also essential. I want the best performing and most open Internet possible. Since all our voice traffic will soon go over these same access pipes, you bet I want my neighbors' BitTorrent porn downloads throttled back just enough so we all get guaranteed operation of the important services. Bandwidth is not infinite. We are on the verge of hugely increasing ...more »

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(@stewart)

The Open Internet & Public Engagement

An Open Internet Is A Necessary First Step In Our Cultural/Societal Evolution

The internet is the technological analog of and precursor to the free flow of ideas from all minds as they might exist in a linked, networked arrangement. Openness would be required of all, evaluation would be required of all and all would thus add to the expansion of thought. In order to achieve that, a basic first step is to maintain an open internet, accustom ourselves to a shared mental landscape and develop the tolerance ...more »

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(@seraphimpwnsu)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

The Internet is the epitome of freedom and neutrality.

The Internet, as we currently know it, is descended from the Bulletin Board Systems of the past. BBSes were the epitome of freedom for the first generation of home PC users. That same sense of freedom was shared with the internet by BBS networks such as Fidonet, as well as newsgroups. Ever since those days, the internet itself has come to represent "true freedom"- freedom from opinion and repression, freedom of thought ...more »

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(@janeleslie)

The Open Internet & Public Engagement

BIG CORPORATE POWER VS. 'BIG GOVERNMENT' WHO IS THE REAL ENEMY?

When was the last time a gigantic corporation put your needs first? The government is ours and it is important for the government to regulate gigantic corporations because those companies are all about profits and they DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU OR YOUR CONSTITUTION OR YOUR RIGHTS OR YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Government is ACCOUNTABLE TO YOU. You can vote it out. Gigantic corporations ARE NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO YOU. YOU DO NOT GET ...more »

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(@dave.kliman)

Application of the Principles to Mobile Broadband

all devices: open and unlocked. Licensed devices, not licensed providers.

The law used to be in place and it should be restored. There cannot be any jailed and/or locked devices. they must all adhere to all the public protocols any user would like to use. I'm talking to you Apple and AT&T. There should be a vast swath of beachfront bandwidth allocated to free multi-way service. If there were such a swath of bandwidth, then anybody anywhere should be able to add to the national information ...more »

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(@t.c.lehner)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

The Media neest to stay free

Every country controls the 4 Pillars of power: Legislation, Politics, Lawenforcment and Military. But there is a 5th Pillar in every free counry and that is the Media. A free Press is essential to control the Government who is by definition our administration. History has shown us how important that is. It was the free press that ended Richard Nixons presidency, it was the free press that told the people of the world ...more »

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(@notsunil)

The Open Internet & Innovation

1 step forward, 2 steps back.

Net Neutrality or an open internet is a vital part of what the internet is about. It's because of those principals that we have had the innovation that the Internet "Freedom" Act supposedly likes. The only reason we haven't needed a net neutrality law in place so far, is because the ISPs are scared that if they push too hard and too fast, that such a law will definitely come into place. So they've been doing it slowly ...more »

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(@dave.kliman)

The Open Internet & Innovation

Conflict of interest: cable companies, and their content businesses.

A company that lays any cable, or contributes in any way to the physical infrastructure of the internet should not also be in the business of selling content, the way that telephone companies and cable companies now can. a few years ago, the phone companies were only allowed to lay cables, and could not be in the tv business. they complained that they couldn't compete with cable companies who could sell cable connections, ...more »

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(@rickymujica)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

The neutral net is the great equalizer

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 »

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(@northrup.mike)

The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

KEEP THE INTERNET AS IT IS; OPEN TO ALL AMERICANS

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.

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