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Old 01-13-2010, 08:53 PM
 
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Well, it looks like the Net Neutrality battle is heading into crunch time. This could change everyone's favorite place for partisanship bashing forever.

 
Old 03-06-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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Great info on why we need net neutrality.
 
Old 03-14-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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A couple of reasons why its necessary to have a net neutral internet and the dangers of media consolidation.
 
Old 03-16-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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This national broadband plan seems like a winner.

This great nation should be wired.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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The battle over the internet is in full swing.

So far the oligopolies have won round one.

"A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski argues that such rules are needed to prevent phone and cable companies from using their control over Internet access to favor some online content and services over others."
 
Old 04-06-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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The battle over the internet is in full swing.

So far the oligopolies have won round one.

"A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski argues that such rules are needed to prevent phone and cable companies from using their control over Internet access to favor some online content and services over others."
this is so sad. really, really sad.

Yay rampant, unregulated capitalism!!!!
 
Old 04-06-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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this is so sad. really, really sad.

Yay rampant, unregulated capitalism!!!!
This will be a good test to see if the feds have what it takes to stand up to the big boys.

"The good news is that there is a simple solution. FCC Chairman Genachowski must "reclassify" broadband as a "communications service." The formidable phone and cable companies will fight tooth and nail to keep that from happening, but the Comcast case has forced Chairman Genachowski's hand: he must make the change. If not, the FCC has virtually no power to stop Comcast from blocking websites. The FCC has virtually no power to make policies to bring broadband to rural America, to promote competition, to protect consumer privacy or truth in billing. Bottom line: the agency has no power to enact the much-discussed National Broadband Plan, released just last month."
 
Old 04-09-2010, 05:13 PM
 
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The ball is in the administration's court.

Will they stand up for the principles they claim to support or will they cave under the dizzying amount of lobbyist dollars?

"During the Bush administration, the FCC decided, rather illogically, that broadband service should be regulated more like Facebook or Twitter (information services) than like a phone system (which is a telecommunications network). The FCC has limited power to regulate information services. But it has broad powers to regulate telecommunications networks. If the agency reclassifies Internet services, it could easily implement net neutrality rules.

If Obama endorses a move to reclassify the Internet as a telecommunications network, Genachowski and the other two pro-neutrality commissioners will probably come along. If Obama backs off from the fight, it'll be tougher for the commissioners to defy the telecoms. And if that happens, the Internet will never be the same."
 
Old 04-09-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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The moment I need to pay more for special web sites is the moment I pull the plug.
Bingo!

Companies have no power, the people do. If people would just act responsibly when they are being given a raw deal, raw deals would be few and far between. Unfortunately, some people just can't act responsibly.
 
Old 04-09-2010, 05:19 PM
 
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Bingo!

Companies have no power, the people do. If people would just act responsibly when they are being given a raw deal, raw deals would be few and far between. Unfortunately, some people just can't act responsibly.
I pulled the plug on DirecTV 4/2009. And I still get the "we miss you..come back and here's a great deal" letters.

Internet with Hulu and various sites to read news is just fine by me.
I also don't get the influence and propaganda peddling these stations do.
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