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.
The Open Internet & Public Engagement
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
You should be charged differently for different internet plans. That is what capitalism is all about. If there is no incentive to create good quality products, capitalism dies and you get the kind of crap that comes out of China.
This label confuses the issue so much that even commenters on this site are misunderstanding one another. The true debate is that the pro-regulation and anti-regulation crowds have different ideas on how to achieve "net neutrality." It is unfair for the pro-regulators to imply that regulation is the only means. This is unfair because I and others believe that although these principles ostensibly guarantee rights of... more »
The Internet is neutral now, and needs to stay that way. I agree. Ok, so, why then are we talking about government regulation? There have only been a few controversial issues, and those were beautifully handled by the free market when they came to light. There is no need for the federal government to get involved. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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.
I think these discussions have limited value to the end product of regulation and legislation. If you really want democratize the process give people the ability to propose bills, give comments on proposed bills, have a vote on all proposed bills to see which bill should be put up for a passing vote, and put the bill that passes nomination to a yes/no vote by the public. And have the FCC enact the passing bill.
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 »
Its been suggested that democracy is quaint. That even if we could get money out of the way we could not delegate our power. Against this is the idea that a mere document, the constitution, and some culture and convention work promote democratic institutions. With the internet we have a better opportunity ahead for the power sharing that is at the heart of democracy and at the heart of peace. These rules that the... more »
Open and free access to the Web--whether that means job opportunities, health care information, community news, free ways to stay in touch with loved ones, or other resources--is an absolutely critical resource for people living in poverty, and it's becoming more so every day as Web-based information multiplies. Net neutrality without loopholes is a fundamental way to continue providing more equitable opportunity. Anything... more »
We, the public demand the strongest Net Neutrality rule possible, without loopholes. Millions of Americans have called for nothing less, and now the FCC must act decisively, putting the public interest first and not giving in to pressure from AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and their lobbyists.