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This is a big issue and it’s very complex and confusing, so if I get anything wrong here, I am sorry I am doing the best I can with the available information I have. Provided below are various links to other websites and videos which explain this in more detail, so if I do a shit job of explaining things, please look through the links and educate yourself better so you can make an informed decision. Alright? Alright...

So remember how people were up in arms about SOPA? Yeah... we’re gonna need to lift up those pitchforks again and take to the streets. You can read more about the issues here www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05… and here www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/t…

You see, recently the FCC is trying to decide if it’s ok to allow business to regulate their own broadband networks, IE: allowing some websites or pages to load faster or slower depending on how much worth they as a company ascribe to them. What’s brought this all to a head is that Netflix has recently made a deal with service provider Comcast to keep their service from being artificially slowed down by Comcast by paying more money. And Netflix isn’t happy about this.

The reason you and I should be worried is that if the FCC starts regulating what IS or ISN’T “worthy” content for you to view online is that it will introduce an incredibly unfair advantage/disadvantage system into what has been up until now a rather level playing field. There are even some companies suggesting and talking about how to implement “tolls” for people who use P2P networks or services.

Below is a video describing this a lot better than I ever could, so please watch it:



Now I know this matter is confusing, and there are a lot of angles to consider. But as a consumer activist I can’t help but feel that this would allow companies to exploit their customers for obscene amounts of money and make millions off of turning the internet into an unfair place to be. It would benefit companies ten fold, and not benefit us, the consumer, at all.

If you’d like to submit a comment to the FCC directly to tell them you think this is a bad idea, you can do so here: apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/displ… and the filing number is 14-28. Tell the FCC that they should reclassify broadband internet as a telecommunications (or "Common carrier") service. Right now broadband is regulated like TV or radio, which doesn't make sense. By the way, since this is a public comment for public records... you'll have to include your actual name and address.

Alternatively....

You can also e-mail them here: salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50409/p… I personally prefer this link to the direct FCC link because here you don’t have to put down your full address and the e-mail and message  addressing concerns is already written out for you. Just enter your name, click send, boom! Done!

So yeah guys... Remember how I said the internet was going to change one way or the other? This is kinda what I meant. SOPA has been defeated, but there are just gonna keep being more and more ways people are gonna try to exploit the internet for their own selfish purposes. In this case, allowing companies to determine what you can or can’t watch by arbitrarily regulating the speeds at which certain websites and services download to you.
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Maulle Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
One of the biggest problems is that in many areas there is only a single service provider, which means no competition and bad, expensive service.  I thankfully live in an area where there are many service providers, so I can get good service at low prices.

Often the reason there isn't more than one provider in any particular area is when a governmental body cuts an exclusive deal and shuts out competition.  This of course is good for the company and the government, but the citizens are screwed.

Competition good, government restrictions bad.
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Clovis15 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Thanks for this article, and the associated links.
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CarmenFoolHeart Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sucks not to be American right now. People from other parts of the world will be affected but it's not certain how we can address the issue. Ideas? Do those links work for us? :(
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
I've signed a couple petitions, and have been watching this fight since I was in college, almost 7 years ago now.  Petitioned more than once.  They should just make the net a utility.  It's no longer a luxury, it's become a necessity, for everyone, companies and private use.
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JasonMasters Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If I understand the issue correctly, it's exactly the opposite of what you're talking about.

The issue is whether or not to allow internet service providers to throttle back bandwidth, not whether or not to legislate and therefore mandate the throttling of bandwidth.

A good ISP doesn't throttle back bandwidth.  A good ISP purchases more bandwidth, either from a third party or by directly laying more cable to provide it.

If legislation is enacted, it should be to force ISPs to provide the fastest possible speed, client-to-client, with throttling only being legal where it is automatically applied on a temporary basis, based on automated traffic analysis, and for the sole purpose of preventing a particular data stream from hogging all the bandwidth to the detriment of other data streams.

There's my opinion, for whatever it's worth.
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
i wonder if a civil war, break lose??
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SlashInTheCDSP Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope so. Then we can make "The Empire of Canada" a thing.
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Xcelsius Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
If the USA do it, then the other nations will follow. I cannot wait for it to happen... The EU said they will not touch the Net Neutrality, but everyone with just a bit brain know that is just a lie...
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Dickywebster Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Internet providers here in the Uk already get into trouble for not always providing the speed they claim they will, if they start picking and choosing which sites get fast or slow speed, that seems like a can of worms they shouldn't be wanting, let alone looking for...
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