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.
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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 »
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 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.
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 »
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 »
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.