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Simple Theft by the Mob

I am appalled, but not surprised by what I see here.

This is the rule of the mob. Innovators and investors pour billions of dollars and years of their lives into building the internet infrastructure, and now that it is up, working and heavily used, the users decide that the builders should lose the right to control what they have built.

The statements that "the government" built the internet is incorrect. Yes, in... more »

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No more TV "channels" or radio "stations"

TV and Radio as we know it are ancient technologies that waste huge portions of spectrum and only empower the most wealthy station owners.

I say we take back all of the bandwidth used to bequeath large portions of broadcast spectrum to private ownership.

Instead, all that bandwidth should be used for completely neutral multi-way internet infrastructure.

If one of the "tv" or "radio" stations that used to broadcast... more »

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upgrade through innovation, not permission.

There was a time, in the wake of the supreme court's carterfone ruling in 1968, when suddenly, people could hook any devices they wanted to up to the phone network.

The phone companies hated this so much because they wanted the ability to charge additional monthly fees for every single little thing that anybody could do on the phone system. fees for voice messages. fees to have a touchtone phone. extremely high fees... more »

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40 votes
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Net Neutrality, Public Service and the Grim Future the Corporate World Wants

The argument against Net Neutrality is, at its’ base, the same argument that has been used for years by those who would eliminate any program that effectively aids the public at a low cost; I’ve got mine and I don’t care about you.

It is the argument used against public schools by those who would return education to being the privilege of the wealthy, who say that public schools discourage innovation among private schools... more »

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6 votes
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Internet and Wireless have added so much to our lives in recent years -- the ability to obtain and share information, the ability to communicate with others. And let's not forget all the jobs these industries have created in an otherwise bleak job environment.

Why in the world would you penalize those who have made (and continue to make) this possible? And if you do penalize them, who in their right mind would ever... more »

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32 votes
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I had Satellite internet once, and demand Net Neutrality

I had satellite internet once, before DSL arrived at my home, and it was a horrible horrible experience. Certain applications did not work (the update downloader for the popular game World of Warcraft comes to mind, as it was blocked altogether). Combined upload/download bandwidth was restricted to a ridiculously low rate (400 MEGABYTES per week on my first one). These practices are detrimental to the consumer, who... more »

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ISP's: the bus drivers of the information superhighway. why do we really need them?

In 1991, I was on the internet, directly, through UUCP. My ISP was a company based in my area that had bought a few T1 phone lines, and set up some modems that people like me could call into.

For the most part, I was driving on the information superhighway in my own car. A very American way of getting around.

When the telecommunications act of 1996 changed the rules about how much the phone companies could charge to... more »

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Internet regulation, like spectrum regulation will retard innovation, create inefficiencies and ultimately prove inadequate.

Net Neutrality is inherently paradoxical; it imposes new government over an already self-sustaining system. I find these rules unnecessary much in the way I would say the FCC is largely unnecessary to spectrum regulation.

The FCC we have today was empowered to annex, license and govern all spectrum, at a time when the broadcast market was learning to regulate itself via the courts under common property law principles.... more »

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FCC say's...

Since I can only access some of the FCC web site it makes it hard to figure out what is actually wrong.
What I see is in affect to a certain point already... Comcast is being sued, the others are being told to be fair with their servers...
and they state they may make changes after the court cases.. sooo how much good is this talking thing...rofl

http://www.fcc.gov/

Off the FCC pages this is from the 1996 rules and... more »

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Great rules, some concerns.

I agree with all 6 of the new rules that are being implemented. They are more like basic guidelines for keeping unrestricted internet access the way it is. There is only one thing that I am concerned with, might just be AT&T Propaganda but I have to say anyways.

Do not restrict companies from having multiple packages for internet access. When people have a drop in income they might have to either get a lesser package... more »

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Sell and Sell alike

The new net neutrality rules must be structured in such a way that they do not inhibit innovation. The priniple of sell and sell alike must rule. Any network provider which uses any traffic shaping technology must do so evenly for any content provider who wishes to subscribe to that service. All content providers must be able to subscribe to any traffic shaping service that is available to any content provider. Any... more »

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Improvements cannot be left up to the Big corporations.

The internet was invented by the U.S. government, now we lag behind many countries in speeds. Why? Well for starters the Comcasts, the Verizons are more worried about CEO compensation than investing improving there product. The internet is essential to our further development as a Nation, the outspoken opposition are likely not listening to the people and acting on behalf of corporate lobbyists. Look who benefits from... more »

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Deprivatize the Internet Backbone

It needs to be determined how the Internet backbone came to be privatized in the first place, and these processes should be noted, reversed, and outlawed. It is infuriating to see this product of American ingenuity, born out of our military, our universities, our tax dollars, be turned over to private corporations so that they can then become the gatekeepers of the Internet.

The reason the Internet flourished was the... more »

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Net Neutrality is vital to a successful Internet

Allowing your ISP to control and limit access to certain sites or protocols would stifle conversation on forums, limit the distribution of private works outside of the traditional media channels, and create new definitions for "internet access".
If I can access only certain protocols on a tiered internet plan, how would such a plan be marketed? If it's filtered or restricted, it's clearly not internet access, it would... more »

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How to pay for this?

How is this going to be paid for?

Go read what they have to say...

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.3458:

This is good, well good to a point, still need to pay for enforcement.

Remember our country is broke.
I know, I say broke a lot, it sounds better than our country is in so much debt,
that your unborn children owe the country 300 thousand dollars...

So how to pay for this???

the other two... more »

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9 votes