Here are some of my thoughts on what rights we as consumers should be guaranteed. 1) Truth in Advertising. a) A consumer expects that if a service advertised at XXX speed, that service is a guaranteed speed across the service providers network up to Interconnecting Networks. b) Services advertised shall not be limited unless clearly stated in the service agreement. Services advertised as 'unlimited' will not have ...more »
Broadband access will cost three times as much under network neutrality rules.
I run a municipal wireless ISP and support net neutrality as a concept. The proposed rules, however, do not address a major issue that is going to affect both ISPs and end users in the near future. If ISPs have to transport content to subscribers regardless of the content provider then content providers should be required to provide content to subscribers regardless of the ISP. As an example, ESPN launched ESPN360.com ...more »
The public needs FCC regulations to prevent Internet Service Providers from discriminating against some Internet traffic and favoring other traffic. My business and the Internet itself has flourished under the founding principle of Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality means that Internet Service Providers (ISP's) can not favor some Internet content over other content. For example, Comcast a large ISP, features streaming ...more »
Since 2006 there has been a cycling debate over how the Internet should work. Should all data traveling over the network be treated about the same? Or, is Google getting a free lunch, and have its service degraded along with other ungrateful content providers abusing little old AT&T’s network (Buzz Out Loud 02/08/2006). The debate has changed since then from a hypothetical problem over “Google’s free lunch” (Buzz Out ...more »
Who controls television these days? When cable first came into existence, they said that because we are paying to bring television into our homes via cable, we would not have to watch advertisements. I don't know about anyone else, but when I watch TV the ads are sometimes interrupted by programs.
The FCC Chairman's statements are very cleverly worded to sound positive, but really are just additional rules that could be used to control the Internet. Firstly, tell me how is Net Neutrality going to increase competition or break the monopoly of AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon? Is the government going to force service provider companies to be created? Is the government going to fund service provider companies that compete ...more »
I'll admit it I'm disabled. I can't go out like everyone else because I can't drive and for safety reasons. I always need someone else with me. Whenever I go into public people judge based on my disability not who I am. On the internet I am an equal. This is the one platform where people with disabilities are equal. We We shouldn't let big business move in and say what content we can/can't see. I am afraid that they ...more »
The Internet protocols were designed to be complete ignorant of the information, content, or applications that transferred through them. The content delivered is separate from the information provided. When the Internet was designed there was no World Wide Web, but because of this feature it could be added without restructuring the Internet. Similarly, when YouTube decided it could create a superior video service it just ...more »
The problem with a free-market system, where Average Joe doesn't have any right to tell Company Owner Joe what he's allowed to do to his employees, is that the best business model is money for nothing and the labor for free. Company Owner Joe will make the most possible money if he sells you, Average Joe, next to nothing for a high price and doesn't pay all the other Average Joes who made that next-to-nothing item. Now, ...more »
The Commission should establish a broadband “Bill of Rights” that will allow individual Americans and small organizations the basic right to broadcast and communicate over broadband. This Bill of Rights should include the following features: 1. All individual Internet stations have the right to broadcast and communicate over the Internet without interference by corporations and/or government. 2. Any charges or fees ...more »
Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight are controlled by commercial businesses. Their intent is not to provide an easy and fast way to access content; their intent is to control the main method of accessing content. HTML5 is an open standard that does not require an expensive purchase to make use of and is supported by many web browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Google Chrome. Adobe Flash and Microsoft ...more »