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'Battle for the Net': Web Guardians Announce Global Day of Action to Defeat Trump's FCC


'Battle for the Net': Web Guardians Announce Global Day of Action to Defeat Trump's FCC

Common Dreams staff

In order to confront what they consider a frontal attack on the Internet by the Republican Party and the powerful telecommunications industry, defenders of net neutrality joined with some of the web's most influential companies on Tuesday in announcing a new campaign and global day of action designed to defend rules enshrined by the Federal Communications Commission just two years ago.


Just posted the 'Battle for the Net' website link to Nextdoor to over 3000 neighbors!


This is a test. This is a test of the actual democracy of the United States.

If the FCC can successfully eliminate Net Neutrality against the will of the people we will recognize that democracy has been fully usurped by the corporations.


Why doesn't the liberal community stop trying to tell existing industries (ISPs, web providers, etc.) how to run their business, and simply create its own Internet? It's just a bunch of computers and routers. Oh, and phone lines and fiber optic cables. And data centers. And power generation and conditioning. And cell phone towers. Wait a minute, this is getting expensive!

You turn on your iPad and connect to the WiFi hotspot at your local foofey coffee shop, and get "free" access to a world of information. But there's billions of dollars of infrastructure around the world that allows your unfettered access to information. That's got to get paid for. Your WiFi access isn't really free. You're paying for it a few cents at a time with your latte and cappuccino.

It costs more to deliver sustained high-bandwidth content. ISPs should be able to charge for access to that kind of bandwidth. Allowing them to do so doesn't stifle innovation or democracy. If you don't want to (or can't) pay for the extra bandwidth, be innovative in how to deliver your content with lower bandwidth requirements. The "memory is cheap and bandwidth is free" mentality is what stifles innovation. Scarcity of resources is what drives innovation in efficient utilization.

If you want to use a higher cost service, you should be prepared to pay for it. Denying other access to such services just because you can't or won't pay for it yourself is just not right.


So tell me, how do European countries and South Korea get 50-100mb and telephone and TV for $35-40 a month and we get sh*t? It's called competition, which we don't have. Phk Comcast and the ass it rode in on.


"own Internet" the internet was developed with money belonging to the citizens of the USA. Not liberals not conservatives but WeThePeople and especially not (ISPs, web providers, etc.

As to not telling those you list (ISPs, web providers, etc.) how to run their business' the internet is analogous to the interstate which likewise DOES NOT BELONG to business or industry.


If you stopped the development of the internet as it existed in the days of ARPAnet, we'd still be sending texts at 300 baud over wired connections. Sure, public investment started things off, but it has been corporate, for-profit research and development that keeps pushing the envelope.

The interstate system, by and large, is paid for completely by governments. Which is why it is falling apart. If that was supposed to be an example of a high quality government program, you failed.


Nobody is stopping the development of the internet. People are stopping the ISPs from double charging customers and restricting competition online. Then again, I'm sure there's some great marketing spin from Comcast you'll enjoy soon.


Much the same could be said of the aviation and the space program Advancements comes from collaborative work with the government, individuals, and industry contributing. In the case of NASA, the government pays for the R&D with industry retaining the IPR (intellectual property rights).

In my work with various standards groups, I relinquished my IPR as open source.

A good example is Creative Commons (CC) which is devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.

Many of these advancements come from industry/government standards working groups. The protocols are derived and set in the standards groups, the implementation is left to individuals.