I really hope the FCC does the right thing and stands up for net neutrality. It is crucial to the health and vitality of business as well as a healthy discourse in America. I see a lot of anti-neutrality posts on here which is quite counter to the general all-around support I find for Net Neutrality. I know that the few companies that monopolize the industry are spending a fortune on fighting this including hired bloggers. ...more »
The Open Internet & Public Engagement
Webcams for a person to person conversation on the internet, no fees of yet, but? But the government should buy in bulk and use this. Small cost, big benefits. No more letters or e-mails, just a person to person talk on WebCams. (Also no phones with broadband and DSL) The internets future.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
I join Philly For Change in calling on FCC to support strong net neutrality and thus to a) Stop big cable and phone companies from blocking or discriminating against chosen content. Net discrimination will disproportionally impact the poor, communities of color, women, and all other groups for whom the digital divide is already a barrier. b) Stop big cable and phone companies from creating an Internet where access ...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."
IDEA TITLE: Open, free, accessible internet is critical in re: climate change IDEA PREMISE: An open, free and non-commercially controlled internet goes hand-in-hand with access to un-skewed factual information, which is an absolute necessity as our current level of civilization enters another of our ancient Earth’s episodic global upheavals. IDEA ARGUMENT: Just as fighting disease epidemics or terrorism require fast, ...more »
I hope you realize that if you intend to use a scale model for internet access, many people that work for local cable companies will lose the job they have for many people wont want a fast modem that does surf the net freely.
Net neutrality is a perfect situation which will not be achievable. Sorry but there is no utopian ideal solution. The internet is like a lot of roadways and you have to allow authorities like the FCC and internet service providers to perform throttling, limits on total bandwidth use and modifications based upon access and ability to pay for excessive speeds so that the net can conduct its business reliably for the most ...more »