Net Neutrality activists begin 3 day occupation of area in front of FCC

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  1. dawg

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    On the 7th of May, Internet neutrality activists showed up in front of
    FCC headquarters, announcing the start of a 3 day presence.


    They are demanding that the FCC reclassify all Internet Service
    Providers as "common carriers" like phone companies are supposed to be.
    Common carriers are not permitted to favor some content at the expense
    of others. Some ISP's are signing deals with companies like Netflix to
    speed up their bandwidth at the expense of all other users of their
    network. Comcast has already been slapped down once for outright
    blocking Bitorrent for fear it would encourage Comcast internet
    subscribers to stop buying cable TV if they could download movies
    elsewhere, whether free, bought from a competitor, or pirate.

    If net neutrality goes away, you might not be able to read Indymedia
    and might have to Buy extra bandwidth to watch videos from anyone other
    than your cable TV company, Netflix, or Youtube. ISP's might sell
    rigidly capped plans of "2GB a month and all the Facebook, Google, and
    other paid content you can consume." How are people supposed to watch
    videos banned from Youtube the way some of mine were under such
    conditions?

    Given that there is only so much bandwidth at any given time, paid
    "Lexus Lanes" for the biggest bandwidth hogs like Netflix, Google, and
    Youtube would mean reducing bandwidth available to all other users,
    equivalent to turning existing lanes on highways into toll lanes and
    congesting all other traffic. All that talk of "driving innovation"
    should be considered a smokescreen for increasing corporate profits,
    given that the focus on profit instead of service has given the US some
    of the slowest Internet connections in the industrialized world. This
    may be a minor issue compared to raising the minimum wage and
    controlling rent, but it is yet another example of the failure of
    markets to serve the public interest.

    On the other hand, if ISP's do escape common carrier status and
    become regarded as expected to discriminate on the basis of content,
    they might face huge lawsuits over everything from file sharing to child
    pornography that travels over their networks. Case law dating back to
    the early days of the telephone industry has held that "common carriers"
    are not liable for things like Mafia extortion calls and ransom demands
    made over their telephone networks. This is all that stands between
    these foolish ISP's who want control over content and potentially
    ruinous liability that could come with control and the expectation of
    control.

    The FCC is scheduled to vote on May 15 whether or not to reclassify
    Internet Service Providers as common carriers. FCC Commissioner Jesseca
    Rosenworcel is calling for delaying this vote the grounds of massive
    public interest in what is nothing less than the future of the entire
    Internet.

    http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0507/DOC-326963A1.pdf
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    What perplexes me is that it was just a few months back where they said they weren't going to be doing this. Time to follow the money and see who bought the FCC off.
     
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    The cops should brutalize the FCC.
     
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    Net neutrality is the next big thing that will blow up. It's currently relatively small and a bit esoteric right now but it is going to be a common part of the vernacular in the next couple years.
     
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    Is this a new hipster gathering place like Occupy Wall St? If so I hope napalm is brought back.
     
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    You need to read up on this shit, for real. The internet as you know it will be gone forever.
     
  8. Murcielago

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    " Comcast has already been slapped down once for outright
    blocking Bitorrent for fear it would encourage Comcast internet
    subscribers to stop buying cable TV if they could download movies
    elsewhere, whether free, bought from a competitor, or pirate."

    Funny that they had a cooperative deal with Giganews years ago.
     
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    people don't care about being spied on and lied to and fucked with in a million other ways but if they do fuck with people's internet there might finally be a real revolution. rich, poor, conservative, liberal....they'll all be against it (except the rich people who prosper from it, of course)
     
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    It's almost as if working to build something an being successful at it means having it all taken away from you by people that failed or didn't bother to contribute at all to the product.

    im no hippy or company man, and somewhat support the idea behind the net neutrality movement, but success seems to be more of a punishment and failure more of a right to steal from others these days. Should ISPs be able to rape their clientele akin to a dirty heavy equipment renter after a major natural disaster? No. But should that renter be forced to give his equipment up because there's a recovery effort that needs them and e happens to have been auccessful
    enough to assemble a fleet? Fuck no.
     
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    This is a question about monopoly, not about who owns the services (I.e. The bandwidth users).
     
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    ...comcast is the biggest snitch out there monitoring what you do. the fcc needs to end the monopoly on internet and cable if they want to improve it.
     
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    Once you become as big as YouTube, Facebook etc.. you now have a license to trample to the constitution, break laws, ruin peoples lives etc.. Something needs to be done for sure or we are all going to be fucked.
     
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    They suddenly had much more sympathy with content providers after they bought one.
     
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    Don't confuse the dummy with facts.
     
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    All I know about net neutrality is Mutt being against it all the while censoring what was said about Wigg and Beff.
     
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    If you really want to see the internet die keep up your pro company at any cost nonsense. That's what will happen if we lose net neutrality. Just because you invent the biggest truck on the road doesn't give you the right to run people over with it.
     
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    Well put. Term limits, boot that asshole John McCain.
     
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    tl;dnr
     
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    That FCC asshole today said he's going to pause a bit before implementing due to public outcry. He keeps saying he will designate the internet as a common carrier if he has to. Mother fucker keeps saying 'if he has to' - just do it you fucking lobbyist asshole.

    Just a few weeks ago he was going to open a high speed lane for companies with $ - what a two-faced jerkoff.

    ... and it doesn't matter who puts these assholes in as FCC heads - they are ALL former and future big media assholes.