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pozessed
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3/21/2014 11:42:25 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Watch the video, research a little more to get a better understanding. Then click the bottom link and write to your state representative about how this topic makes you feel.

http://www.savetheinternet.com...

http://www.usa.gov...;
drhead
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3/22/2014 11:55:46 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Unfortunately, a lot of people (mostly libertarians and anarcho-capitalists who oppose regulation in every form) don't take this as seriously as they should.

http://qz.com...

This graph shows that 1/3 of Americans have absolutely no choice over what internet service they can get. It is limited to wireline providers since so far no wireless or satellite internet provider has offered any package offering completely unlimited data to all devices. Now, virtually no wireline ISPs are offering that, either, the distinction being that wireline ISPs usually offer something like 100-250GB while wireless/satellite providers usually never go above 20GB. People have to deal with this because they really have no other choices.

Now, these "double-dipping" practices go against just about everything. Some ISPs are intentionally throttling things and demanding ransom in order to restore normal speeds. However, the service provider already paid for the bandwidth. The ISP has absolutely no right to abuse their gatekeeper position in order to force the service provider to pay them an extra protection fee.

There's really a lot more I could go on about, and I would be happy to answer anyone's questions. But for now, I think that the issue should be sufficiently clear. Either the government restricts what ISPs can do, or the ISPs restrict what everyone can do.
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monty1
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3/22/2014 12:25:56 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Gotta love how they framed the debate, with a black kid on one side and the big corps on the other.

Some Americans won't question the rights of the big corps because that's the way they were born. With tea bags hanging off their hats.

Others will take the black kid's/president's side.

Big business/Koch brothers will win eventually. It's probably the way god wanted it to be!
Khaos_Mage
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3/23/2014 12:40:15 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/21/2014 11:42:25 PM, pozessed wrote:
Watch the video, research a little more to get a better understanding. Then click the bottom link and write to your state representative about how this topic makes you feel.

http://www.savetheinternet.com...

http://www.usa.gov...;

Has the term net neutrality always meant this?
It was explained to me that net neutrality (years ago) was about charging people based on their usage. So, those who stream video would pay more than those who don't.
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bladerunner060
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3/23/2014 12:54:33 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/23/2014 12:40:15 AM, Khaos_Mage wrote:
At 3/21/2014 11:42:25 PM, pozessed wrote:
Watch the video, research a little more to get a better understanding. Then click the bottom link and write to your state representative about how this topic makes you feel.

http://www.savetheinternet.com...

http://www.usa.gov...;

Has the term net neutrality always meant this?
It was explained to me that net neutrality (years ago) was about charging people based on their usage. So, those who stream video would pay more than those who don't.

AFAIK, that's what it's always meant. You're talking about metered usage--something that, frankly, the ISPs can't defend considering they've so often taken money that was supposed to improve infrastructure and used it instead to improve their pocket structure.
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