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#8989387 Jan 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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Anybody paying attention to the court findings and potential outcomes of the recent Net Neutrality decision?
The news hasn't covered it at all. Huffington did a single story on it, after the court decision.
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#8991201 Jan 21, 2014 at 06:23 PM
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wasat about?
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#8994406 Jan 22, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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You may remember a couple of years back when google, wikipedia, facebook and a bunch of other sites shut down for a day in protest of laws seeking to do away with net neutrality. It's not been killed, even though that action set it back a few years as the public said "woah, wtf. screw you congress". Because congress wasn't able to do what the ISPs wanted, the ISPs banded together and helped Verizon bring a case to court to benefit them all.
When you look at it on the surface it might not seem so bad but honestly the only winners are the ISPs. The content providers (facebook, google... etc.) and customers all suffer as a result.

Net Neutrality is what we have currently. The court case (Article from Huffington) found that the FCC doesn't have the right to make ISPs provide all sites at the same speed to customers.
What the ISPs want to do is start charging content providers to have their content come to us at the high speeds we already pay for. Pages like this site here that do not pay the ISP toll-fee will not be guaranteed the same type of connection speed.

The outcome that we can/should expect if this ruling stands without congressional legislation to fix the loopholes, is that customers will start seeing membership fees associated with websites and renewed interest in making sure you are not able to block ads and unwanted cookies.

What we have now is freedom to surf wherever at the same speed. If you notice certain sites loading a lot slower than other sites... well, you know why.
I'm absolutely sure Blizzard will pay the associated toll-fee. It may result in a new pet sale, even. Sites like YouTube, it's easy to see they might develop new software that keeps you from blocking their ads.. something like what hulu uses. If you don't watch the ad, the video doesn't play.

I'm really surprised people aren't talking about it but I guess we'll just have to see how it all pans out.
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#8994941 Jan 22, 2014 at 02:45 PM
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word, thx slat
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#9000283 Jan 23, 2014 at 04:10 PM
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Not surprised people aren't talking about it Slat. The Supreme Court sided with the NSA and no one flinched. We are sooooo asleep.
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#9001624 Jan 23, 2014 at 11:34 PM
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#9000283 Balferest wrote:

Not surprised people aren't talking about it Slat. The Supreme Court sided with the NSA and no one flinched. We are sooooo asleep.



Yeah Steeten, I'm pretty sure most people have just about zero idea about this one. Not to get all BUMMER-DOWNER about things, but seriously it's a loss for everyone but the ISPs... Anybody know someone on Comcast? Seems like there should be a wealth of hatred ready to be tapped into for this.
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#9010813 Jan 26, 2014 at 12:35 AM
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Huffington has the clip from Colbert explaining net neutrality. along with a visual description of why it's not getting much press.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/24/colbert-explains-net-neutrality_n_4658388.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037&ir=Politics
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#9067642 Feb 06, 2014 at 03:04 PM
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Making that Netflix stream slow, even though you pay for high speed internet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B33D50lojps
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#9071843 Feb 07, 2014 at 12:52 PM
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I feel like this is one we'll eventually lose. Unless the govt makes internet a controlled utility like power. Short of that is there legal basis to tell ISPs how to provide their service? And the majority of users don't know, and even if they did their piddly internet use won't much be affected so they won't care in the numbers required to make a market change.
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#9073448 Feb 07, 2014 at 08:30 PM
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#9071843 Olen wrote:

I feel like this is one we'll eventually lose. Unless the govt makes internet a controlled utility like power. Short of that is there legal basis to tell ISPs how to provide their service? And the majority of users don't know, and even if they did their piddly internet use won't much be affected so they won't care in the numbers required to make a market change.



The court that struck down net neutrality also said that the FCC did have jurisdiction over the ISPs. Basically, the ruling said that the old rules were just that "old" and the internet has come a long ways since the 90's.

The ISPs and television networks share interest in seeing this type of action go forward. Limiting access to Netflix is only one example.

It's up to congress to decide what to do after the court ruling, just like any other ruling. If you think it's ok for companies to limit your access even though you pay for high speed internet and/or limit the speed that certain sites are accessed, do nothing. If it concerns you, spread the word and contact your congressperson.
Congress is pretty inactive these days but honestly who doesn't get on the internet? I'd say maybe 2% of the people I know don't get on the internet and they're really old people. It seems to me that if more people knew about it - despite the lack of media coverage - something might get done about it.

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
From that link I'm able to contact my Rep through; Email, phone number, twitter, facebook, youtube, flickr and his office address.

I post a lot of political junk (not on here) and folks might not agree with my take on stuff but this is a pretty big deal for the internet no matter your affiliations. The internet needs a lobby like the NRA because these fuckers are gonna break it off in our ability to access material.
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