Ok, so what we have here is the basic argument that is consuming America on all levels, and not just about Internet Neutrality. On one side, we have the capitalists who believe that "The Government" is the enemy and that "The Market" will balance everything out and solve all the problems. On the other side we have (for lack of a less antagonistic term) the anti-capitalists who believe that evil corporations will screw... more »
The Open Internet & Public Engagement
The ISPs have proven, through all manner of actions taken in recent months and years, that they have no interest the freedom of speech or free flow of information. The government needs to adopt net neutrality rules to guarantee that open exchange for America; failing to do so would let private companies limit our first amendment rights as they see fit.
Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers. PERTAINING TO 09-191 Does this mean cities must allow more than one provider in a city franchise of Cable to provide service if in rural area or town? I have heard some TWC/Brighthouse Networks areas allow Earthlink as a reseller of the network that it is competing with, but my Cable company claims... more »
I hope all of you in government have seen enough evidence of these fake 'astroturf' campaigns to recognize that the people arguing against Net Neutrality are by and large paid corporate shills trying to trade off of technological ignorance to confuse the issue and trick you into believing that there are legitimate grounds to be against Net Neutrality. Focus on the fact that everyone who actually knows anything about... more »
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 »
Right now, Internet access is somewhat reasonably priced, and almost anyone from any background is able to access the Internet without restrictions. Without net neutrality, ISPs would be free to divide networks into paid gateways, reduce bandwidth to various web sites around the world, and filter protocols even more than they already do. Comcast is a shining example of oppressive networking tactics - they have throttled... more »
The internet is already free & open. If you guys do not like your ISP, then why dont you all become your own ISP & invest in the infrastructure like other internet providers have done? That way you can get access to whatever you want, at the bandwidth you want. But if you don't want to spend the thousands of dollars a month to do that, why do you think that another business who was willing to do that should cede the rights... more »
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 »
The internet should remain an open system accessible by all and controlled by no-one. It should be accessible by all in both directions—both to consumers of content and to content providers. The internet should not become the property only of those with the financial resources or political power to inflict their will and viewpoint on others. The internet is too critical to our freedom of assembly, freedom of speech... more »
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Dear Julius Genachowski, Verizon and Google have unveiled a framework for net neutrality policy that would harm the openness and freedom that have led to the tremendous growth of the Internet. I strongly urge you to reject this plan, and to the listen to the voices of me and millions of consumers who are demanding strong net neutrality protections. Today the Internet serves as our... more »
The issue isn't big government - it's corporate greed. The "neutrality" in net neutrality refers to the current system, where no website or email message has priority over another. Comcast, Verizon, etc. want to be able to make money, not by simply providing access to the internet, but by prioritizing one website or email message over another. If ISPs/Telecom giants have their way, we'll need to pay (extra) to make sure... more »
The Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 (HR 3458) would make net neutrality the law, and require the FCC to promulgate rules that keep the internet open and free. Without such a law, a new president, or simply a change in mind, and FCC support of Net Neutrality will disappear--with no possibility for redress.
STAND UP FOR INTERNET NEUTRALITY! Corporate control is bad for democracy.
The FCC should and follow through with its decision to make Net Neutrality laws as it will preserve the open and free nature of the internet. Corporate giants such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T argue that any government regulation will "stifle" innovation (CNN.com), however these same companies are denying public access to potential businesses/sites/small companies trying to promote their own innovations. As these corporations... more »
I have been using the internet since 1998 and have NEVER had a problem finding ANYTHING I've searched for. I have NEVER been blocked from posting anything. I pay a reasonable fee for wireless internet. Internet is NOT a right. The government already gives free internet at every library. The government ALWAYS oversteps its bounds and would do so in regulating the internet.