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The Open Internet & Innovation

Neutrality = Innovation

The internet has thrived precisely because it is free and open to innovation from the smallest to the largest entity. It is because the net was open that all of these wonderful things were built on top of it. Now that the network is worth so much money (because the innovators made it so), the ISPs like Comcast think they should be able to control who does what. This will prevent new ideas from ever getting the chance... more »

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The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

To Protect Individuals and Busineses, the FCC Must Protect Net Neutrality

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 »

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101 votes
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The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

The neutral net is the great equalizer

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 »

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95 votes
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The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Leave our freedom of speech alone!

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 »

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90 votes
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The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Internet in the US Can Rival the World's Best ...

From my slight travels of the world, I feel that the US has a very free and open and available internet infrastructure right now. Other places have higher speeds, but internet access is incredibly easy to come by in this country and highly used by the educated public.

This is why it needs protection from the companies like Comcast that are currently monopolizing our access to the internet. The US could have some of... more »

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89 votes
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The Open Internet & Innovation

Conflict of interest: cable companies, and their content businesses.

A company that lays any cable, or contributes in any way to the physical infrastructure of the internet should not also be in the business of selling content, the way that telephone companies and cable companies now can.

a few years ago, the phone companies were only allowed to lay cables, and could not be in the tv business. they complained that they couldn't compete with cable companies who could sell cable connections,... more »

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89 votes
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Application of the Principles to Mobile Broadband

all devices: open and unlocked. Licensed devices, not licensed providers.

The law used to be in place and it should be restored.

There cannot be any jailed and/or locked devices. they must all adhere to all the public protocols any user would like to use. I'm talking to you Apple and AT&T.

There should be a vast swath of beachfront bandwidth allocated to free multi-way service.

If there were such a swath of bandwidth, then anybody anywhere should be able to add to the national information... more »

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85 votes
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Reasonable Network Management

Private Companies Have Stolen Public Property

The issue is not the internet, the issue is the infrastructure. The 2oth century was characterised by the introduction of public utilities - massive investment in infrastructure that could only be justified if it was built once, not over and over. No one expects to have five sets of power lines run to their house so that five suppliers can compete - you would never get the first set of wires.

To improve the life of the... more »

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84 votes
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Transparency/Disclosure of Network Management Practices

Notes on Internet Access

I have worked in the telecommunications industry for many years, and have been certified as a switch technician and as a lineman. I will tell you now that in order to level the playing field for all who connect to the internet through a broadband provider, we must require disclosure of how access to the internet is monitored and maintained.

Those who have worked in this industry can verify that there are lots of ways... more »

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83 votes
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Nondiscrimination

Net Neutrality Can Only Be Ensured Through Government Protection

The Federal Government has historical precedence of intervention when equal access to services is threatened. Vital to a democracy is the protection of the rights of marginalized and smaller groups. This includes the internet. This is not a question of the FCC governing the internet, but rather one of prevent a handful of corporations from access to it. Net neutrality ensures that every site has an equal voice and that... more »

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83 votes
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The Open Internet & Innovation

Degraded Infrastructure

Part of the problem with network neutrality is the telecommunications companies don't have the bandwidth for today's demand. This is entirely their fault for not upgrading the infrastructure despite $200 billion in increased rates and tax breaks to do so.

http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2007/pulpit_20070810_002683.html

Normally competition will force these companies to provide better service at reduced costs. However... more »

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The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Corporations already own the government

Whereas these rules SOUND as if they're for fairness, etc. do not forget that the very first one mentions "lawful content", as does the 5th. Everyone is naive if they believe a totalitarian state would not use this to the state's advantage, and simply censor content they didn't approve of, thus making it "illegal."

Do not forget, this administration, as the others before it since about the 1950s, are in the hands... more »

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75 votes
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The Open Internet & Innovation

corporate greed

Ok, Comcast, AT&T, etc. have done some bad things by placing various filters on some of the services provided to users. And, every time they do, they get caught with their hands in the cookie jar and the people take them to task. When was the last time anyone in "The Government" got called out for stealing from the American public? And, in those very few times when it did happen, what were the repercussions?

Under... more »

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75 votes