Post by RS Wood
Americans, take note of the below. Then click on the link above to get
involved. Reddit also has a link that takes you to a site where you
can spam the bejeezus out of Congress. BTW, Richard Stallman saw this
coming decades ago.
The Federal Communications Commission is inviting public comments about
proposed rules that would gut net neutrality and hand over the internet
to big cable companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon.
Send in YOUR comment in support of net neutrality now.
Here are some reasons why Mozi
lla cares about net neutrality â use these or any that express why you
care about this issue. Net neutrality is fundamental to free speech.
Without net neutrality, big companies could censor people and
perspectives online. Net neutrality has been called the "First
Amendment of the Internet." Net neutrality protects small businesses
and innovators who are just getting started.
Without net neutrality, creators and entrepreneurs could struggle to
reach new users. Investment in new ideas would dry up and only the big
companies would survive, stifling innovation. Net neutrality allows
consumers â not big companies â to choose what they watch & do online.
Without net neutrality, ISPs could decide you watched too many videos
on Netflix in one day and throttle your Internet speeds, while keeping
their own video apps running smooth.
This sounds like a scare tactic. I hit one site today that had some sort
of popup about it, fearmongering rather than explanation.
What's so revolutionary about video? If I wanted to watch something in a
serial fashion, I'd watch tv. Text is so much better, I still read a
newspaper every day, because you can jump around, sample a bit here and
then jump to the next article. TV, and video, means you sit through it,
since speeding up isn't the same as jumping around with text.
The internet was far more revolutionary before video arrived.
Is this really going to impact anything but high bandwidth stuff? I
ignored high bandwidth stuff until October of 2012, when I got DSL. I'd
still ignore it if I was on dialup. I do ignore most of it.
If this is more than high bandwidth stuff, then deal with that. Tell us
how "big corporations" will control things, and shut out the little guy.
I didnt' go to inet '96, but it did take place here in Montreal, and I saw
people come out of the Shatner building, look at the Fringe Festival beer
tent in the parking lot, and wonder 'what's going on there?". But I in
essence blogged the Fringe Festival that year, wirting something everyday
about what I'd seen. The internet then was alternative to old media, it
was intimate, it was a way around blockage, it was immediate, it was first
hand. ANd a bunch of the papers at inet '96 were concerned about the
commercialization of the internet, which at the time seemed a bit
premature since it was just in recent past at the time. But obviously
commerce won out, and a lot of small groups let them have their way, since
they ignored the internet until it was too late. Now they buy into
facebook and the like, never giving it a thought, because they weren't
around when the internet was different. They came because it was a cheap
way of reaching their audience, rather than something to participate in.