There are very few things that the constitution actually spells out as duties of the government. Silencing free speech is not one of them. Want jobs, economic growth, and REVENUE? Get out of the way of business owners and watch the economy grow. Want REAL freedom of speech and opportunity? Get government out of the way. This "net neutrality" crap is just one of the many angles from which the liberals/democrats are attacking ...more »
The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech
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.
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 »
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 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 »