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PostSubject: Your free open internet is under threat   Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:20 am

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At least that's the verdict of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which today struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order from 2010 that forced Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable to abide by the principles of network neutrality. These principles broadly stipulate that ISP network management must be transparent, and that ISPs can't engage in practices that block, stifle or discriminate against (lawful) websites or traffic types on the Internet.

That's the bare bones story, wrapped in ugly acronyms (FCC, ISP, etc.). But why should you care that network neutrality ("net neutrality") may be gone for good?

1. No more net neutrality means ISPs can now discriminate against content they dislike.

Everyone gets their Internet from an Internet service provider -- an ISP like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast or Time Warner Cable. Under net neutrality rules, these ISPs have to treat all content you access over the Internet "roughly the same way" -- they can't speed up traffic from websites they like or delay competitor's traffic.

Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs can discriminate, favoring their business partners while delaying or blocking websites they don't like. Think your cable CEO hates free online porn? Now you'll know for sure!

2. No more net neutrality means ISPs can now force websites to PAY for faster content delivery.

You know how some sites you go to just load slower than others? Usually, that's just because the slower site is image heavy, poorly coded, or dealing with intense server load. But with net neutrality gone, ISPs can now start charging hefty fees to websites that want quick content delivery -- shifting the long load times to poorer sites that can't pay up.

Prefer indie retailers to Amazon.com? You may be in for a frustrating future.

3. Destroying net neutrality is bad for small businesses.

Put together items one and two and it becomes clear -- negating net neutrality is bad for small businesses. If ISPs force website owners pay for faster load times, tiny retailers and personal websites will be the ones to suffer from slower content delivery.

Alternately -- or additionally -- ISPs will have no reason not to favor partner sites: Time Warner Cable, for instance, might favor the website of CNN (owned by the Time Warner Corporation) over the websites of competing cable news networks MSNBC and Fox News. Still, it's the indies again that will lose out here. While Time Warner Cable might favor CNN and Comcast MSNBC, independent news networks almost certainly won't get special treatment from any ISPs. Expand this out to music sites, web publishing, etc., and you begin to see the problem.

In extreme cases, ISPs may hinder or block content that isn't produced by partners -- much like AT&T did when it owned the telephone networks back in the day.

4. Without net neutrality, entire types of online traffic (like Netflix) may be in jeopardy.

Netflix watchers and BitTorrent users might want to beware -- soon your beloved services may not work like they used to. Now that net neutrality's down for the count, ISPs can discriminate against entire types of traffic: For instance, an ISP could slow or block all peer-to-peer file sharing, or all online video streaming.

Think it sounds unbelievably stupid for an ISP to stifle a certain traffic types indiscriminately? Comcast has seen reason to stifle both streaming video and peer-to-peer in the past.

From an ISP's perspective, discriminating against some traffic types makes business sense: Many ISPs are also cable television providers, which means the "cord-cutting" enabled by peer-to-peer and streaming online video isn't good for their bottom line.

5. Without net neutrality, your ISPs can make even more money without actually improving the Internet.

Right now, America's broadband is slow. It's slow because ISPs can already make gobs of money by charging the rich a ton for high-quality Internet while leaving the rest of America with subpar (or no) service.

Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs will be able to make even more money off their existing customer base. They won't need to improve service or bring broadband to rural areas because they'll be able to keep growing (financially, at least) by charging content providers more for faster delivery and charging customers more for faster access. In all likelihood, Tuesday's ruling means the problems with America's Internet will be magnified.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/net-neutrality_n_4597831.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

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Government is trying to pass a bill that will affect speed of access for different websites. Providers will charge extra for those companies to host their content faster (the more, the better the hosting speed), thereby charging you extra too to be able to access those websites. It may come to the point where the internet may be divided into different tiers, where you get the social websites in a special package and websites for information in another. Also, this will allow countries to block off websites which may contain information they dislike. The worst part is that internet may even be blocked off for rural areas in different countries, and websites which don't have the means to pay the extra money will be blocked off completely.

I'm not the brightest fish in the sea, but this is what I've managed to understand so far. Maybe Al-Bhed or someone else will post later and highlight what's going on better.

Here's a few links if you need to read/watch from sources yourself:
http://gizmodo.com/federal-court-invalidates-net-neutrality-rules-sides-w-1501028467?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
http://thepoliticalfreakshow.us/post/73362058389/welcome-to-the-net-neutrality-nightmare-scenario
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEZihk3MWE8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEZihk3MWE8

So what do we do? Well, the court has yet to give its final decision on whether to pass this bill or not, but for now, three judges have given it the okay. What you can is voice your opinion about this and speak.
Here are the petitions which you may sign:
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_FCC_court_decision2/
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/restore-net-neutrality-directing-fcc-classify-internet-providers-common-carriers/5CWS1M4P
http://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home

Obama has spoken, and he's on our side this time. He hasn't gotten his word through yet, but we sure hope he does.
http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/195423-obama-remains-committed-to-net-neutrality

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Oh, you don't care? Think this is going to pass easily?
Well, let me break it down to you...

[Grabs your head and shakes]

IF THIS CRAP PASSES, YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO SEE THE INTERNET AGAIN! YOU'RE GOING TO PAY A HECKLOAD MORE AND THE SMALL WEBSITES YOU LIKE WILL BE GONE! FOREVER! HECK YOU MAY NOT EVEN BE ABLE TO PAY ALL THAT SO YOU'RE BASICALLY SCREWED!



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PostSubject: Re: Your free open internet is under threat   Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:45 am

My internet being threatened and petitions everywhere. Déjà vu?

I found this. It helped because I didn't want to read.
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PostSubject: Re: Your free open internet is under threat   Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:44 pm

I wrote a 12 paged essay on Net Neutrality and presented a 5 min presentation on this, I support this (i think???)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Obama is just covering his ass (nobody likes him anyways at this point, so why not win the Internet back at least?)

But I fully support protesting against this. How else will my multiplayer experience on Borderlands 2 or the new Everquest or Titanfall ever work without Net Neutrality: it wont.





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PostSubject: Re: Your free open internet is under threat   Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:55 pm

Reikan wrote:
How else will my multiplayer experience on Borderlands 2 or the new Everquest or Titanfall ever work without Net Neutrality: it wont.

I'm more concerned over the possibility that I may have no internet at all to begin with...



EW: also wtf does SJW stand for? Stupid Jealous Woman?
Ryuuji Takasu: looks cute. but cute sounds girly. so ill say kawaii
Lesbihonest: damn kimo you have the sexiest male voice ive ever heard o.o
Rika Furude: no, that wasnt ripped from the Bible or something, it's one of Rika Furude's poems in Higurashi. Deep ****.
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PostSubject: Re: Your free open internet is under threat   Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:56 am

Some motherfuckers need to read Fight Club. Consumer Culture at its best, and the companies are trying to drag us down! THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRACY! AMERICA IS SUPPRESSING OUR RIGHTS! FIGHT BACK! STNAD UP AGAINST THE MAN! GOD HATES FAGS! GOD HATES BLACKS! KILL THE INNOCENT! BURN THE WOMEN AND RAPE THE CHURCHES!

Well that started out as a serious point.

No but yeah that's pretty terrible what they're doing.











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PostSubject: Re: Your free open internet is under threat   Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:05 am

what? This isn't how it's supposed to happen. this was obviously all done by daleks

call the doctuur



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