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jawathehutt
06-12-2006, 07:55 PM
Something we should all be concerned about. There is a new law that is on it's way to being passed that would allow major internet providers to charge any websites, search engines, etcetera to have their sites load up faster than others.

This will directly affect all of us and will stifle any innovation or fringe content on the internet. This is a big deal. Please check out www.savetheinternet.com for more info. This would also allow companies such as AT&T or COMCAST the ability to block or effectively shut down sites that don't pay by bottlenecking download and uplaod speeds from their site. If you don't want the internet to become FOX News and canned programming dictated by the companies that can pay the most, please send your voice through the site to the government.

I just found out about this yesterday and have decided to let others know because I think that having the internet F;d up by the government would be the last straw.

anyone else pissed

Commander Obi-Wan
06-12-2006, 10:06 PM
Wow! A productive post by jawathehutt?! Well, that doesn't come by often! :p Great job anyway.

Quite interesting......I am not as concerned as you seem to be though.

MachineCult
06-12-2006, 10:17 PM
Wow! A productive post by jawathehutt?! Well, that doesn't come by often! :p Great job anyway.

Quite interesting......I am not as concerned as you seem to be though.
I know! He used proper grammar as well!
I am not concerned, it won't affect me directly, it's just Capitalism in the US branching out even further.

jawathehutt
06-13-2006, 02:45 PM
r u sayed that i use dont us3 poper gwamer
jk
The thing is though, this wil most likely get other nations even more pissed at the US since almost all of the servers for websites are in the US. If companies started blocking foriegn sites, this would be a major problem since Bushy would have to work this out, bombs would drop on London or something cause he's stupid like that.

The Doctor
06-13-2006, 09:12 PM
Well that certainly sucks. Stupid Republicans...

RedHawke
06-15-2006, 02:27 AM
This is all just election politics at it's best. They make a controversial law and then vote it down to garner more political "see we did this for you all, please re-elect us!" crap at election time.

Det. Bart Lasiter
06-15-2006, 02:57 AM
If this s*** passes I'm getting a T1 line.

Char Ell
06-15-2006, 10:27 AM
There’s a pervasive myth that there has been no Internet content discrimination by the large phone and cable companies. “That is simply untrue, ” writes Matt Stoller of BlogPAC.

Stoller points to Cox Cable, which for three months has blocked their customers from accessing the online classifieds super-site, Craigslist. (Disclosure: Craig Newmark the company’s founder is a charter member of this coalition)- http://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/

:eyeraise: Really? Cox Cable is my ISP and I just went to craigslist.com and craigslist.org without any problems. This website just lost a lot of credibility with me. :tsk:

As far as net neutrality goes I'm OK with ISP's who will offer higher-speed connectivity to customers who want to pay for it. E.g. Cox has a Premier Hi-Speed Internet service available that if I paid an extra USD$20 dollars/month I would go from 512 Kbps up/6 Mbps down to 1 Mbps up/9 Mbps down. I don't need the extra speed so I don't pay for it.

I'm not OK with ISP's blocking access or placing bandwidth restrictions that are less than what I currently get. I'll have to investigate this savetheinternet.com website some more though because right now I think this organization is too alarmist for my tastes. :¬:

The Source
06-15-2006, 04:03 PM
PBS Boston had a documentary on this. I guess, the government and others are pushing for stonger control over the internet. Gr....