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The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

No Government Regulation Enabling Network Hogs

Net Neutrality is about inhibiting network providers from controlling bandwidth hogs such as Google and other companies that wish to put huge amounts of data of the network that affect quality of service of all network customers. It penalizes network companies who work to prevent network outages and provide better service. I prevents you from using the Internet unemcumbered by bandwidth hogs. The network companies and... more »

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Professional Artists Will Be Screwed Without Network Neutrality

In addition to the important aspects of this issue already stated via others (free speech, the importance of having "well-connected citizenry" in terms of maintaining a democracy, etc.) ...

Due to media consolidation, without The Internets my career as an film director / artist would not exist. Small-medium business artists would further suffer and be stamped out, not to mention be censored, without an open Net.

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ISP "Monopolies" Cannot be Solved by Anti-Trust

One large fact that I see many people overlooking in this discussion is the fundamental state of our internet infrastructure today, and the reason why there is relatively little competition within geographical areas to provide broadband access. The vast majority of modern broadband is transmitted by wire, either through adaptation of existing lines (DSL and power modulation), or through digital transmission cable.

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Internet is Ultimate in Free Speech

I am AGAINST the government regulating and controlling the internet. I view the internet as the ultimate in "free speech" and agree with Chairman Genachowski when he said that the Internet is the most transformational communications breakthrough of our time and an essential part of our lives. The Internet has become a powerful communications and economic force BECAUSE it has been free from government interference. To... more »

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FCC should stay out

When our founding fathers established this country is was so that they could have protection from burdsome goverment that was going on in other countries. It was a Free counry, a country of choice, not of government control. Goverment was established for the Defense of the nation, thats it. They already controld exessivly too many areas of our lives, and we pay for it with taxes.

Plain and simple, the FCC should... more »

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Current plans for net neutrality don't go far enough. They need to cover search engines too.

From what I gather, most of the net neutrality effort seems to be directed at the big communications companies. While I certainly believe that they need to be regulated per the other threads in this discussion, I also believe that there is a very-near monopolistic hold on the search engine portals (Google, MSN, Yahoo) that poses an even greater threat to net neutrality. A person could make the greatest and most-useful... more »

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No Government Internet Regulation

MRMHOUTX
I believe a free and open internet should be preserved. No government, be it the United States, or any other, should have the power or right to control the flow of ideas and knowledge. No government should have the right to monitor, block, or otherwise regulate the flow of ideas and knowledge through any communication medium. Free speech, freedom of expression, right to protest, and the right to speculate,... more »

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Neutrality is rightly an anti sponsorship mechanism.

The cable company model is the worst most abusive model possible. Lets see the FCC force that industry to choose between sponsorship and subscription revenue but not both. The came in on not having both but by fraud sliped in the sponsorhip.

If we are honest about what the internet actually does we see that it radically improves the quality and efficiency of communication. That being the case it will quickly make... more »

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Let It Grow Naturally

Traffic prioritization is essential. Throttling certain uses is also essential. I want the best performing and most open Internet possible. Since all our voice traffic will soon go over these same access pipes, you bet I want my neighbors' BitTorrent porn downloads throttled back just enough so we all get guaranteed operation of the important services. Bandwidth is not infinite. We are on the verge of hugely increasing... more »

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Net Neutrality Stifles Innovation in the Network

Since I've posted my opposition to this idea of 'net neutrality' and the simple fact that it will throttle bandwidth by serving the few and remove the network providers ability to control quality of service and I'd like to respond.
Response 1: Google pays for the network. Reply: Since when?? You pay for the network.
Response 2: It does nothing to throttle network providers 'operating honestly'. Reply: Network providers... more »

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