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.
The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech
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 »
it is important that the political discussions that occur on the internet remain free from regulation so that free speech can remain the cornerstone of our democracy
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 »
Government has already grown faster than we can afford to feed it. I personally would like to see a smaller government and LESS government in our lives. It's unsatible appetite for more power will consume the people that it is suppose to work for. Government has become so big, I feel WE now work for them. If you are afraid of a monopoly--the government would be the biggest one--with no competition to keep them in ...more »
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 »
In an age of electronic communication, defense of our liberties depends on open means of interconnection. This cannot occur when the internet, a vital link in the process, is under the control of special interests. Without open access we will perish.
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 »
I am very concerned about the "lawful content" clause in the net neutrality rules. It causes a situation where every internet provider and website must snoop on every single bit of communication to make sure it is legal. The writers of the rule have good intentions, but the result of having that clause in there will have a chilling effect on the internet that has never happened before. Today, a judge actually made ...more »
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 »
The more that government is kept out of our daily lives, the better we all are. The ONLY role government should be allowed to participate in our lives is to provide a good road system throughout our country and to protect our borders from any foreign intrusion. That is it- nothing else.
Whereas these rules SOUND as if they're for fairness, etc. do not forget that the very first one mentions "lawful content", as does the 5th. Everyone is naive if they believe a totalitarian state would not use this to the state's advantage, and simply censor content they didn't approve of, thus making it "illegal." Do not forget, this administration, as the others before it since about the 1950s, are in the hands ...more »
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 »
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 »
Hands off my internet! Government has no business trying to regulate the internet. You power hungry politicians need to back off!