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'Worse Than One Could Imagine': Commissioner Decries FCC Chair's Attack on Net Neutrality


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'Worse Than One Could Imagine': Commissioner Decries FCC Chair's Attack on Net Neutrality

Jake Johnson, staff writer

"Our message to Pai and companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon is clear: People everywhere will not sit idly by as you destroy the free and open internet."


#2

Another defining moment for the Hair Hitler Chump trump administration and its useful pawn idiots for the rich.


#3

May your porn play slow
Pai and you Republicans
Blue balls forever


#4

“People everywhere will not sit idly by as you destroy the free and open internet.” (article)

Actually they will - there are too many fires, and as Phil Rockstroh pointed out in “Partisans of the Heart”, the citizenry are too damaged, too dispirited, too traumatised, and often simply too poor.


#5

Net Neutrality, or open insurrection? Do not piss off the PEOPLE who own this country with bullshit attempts at dictatorship.


#6

email to mccain…

sir,
YOU have a problem with the FCC Chair. YOU best fix it.
YOU have a problem with tax reform. YOU best fix it.
The temper of your fellow countrymen is ill.

Truly,
…

sent 5 minutes ago


#7

Behave as you believe and that is exactly what you will get. Have you been taking negotiation lessons from Obama? “Assume the worst and hope for the best” doesn’t cut it: Prepare for the worst most certainly, but don’t concede the race before it actually begins.


#8

Hear, hear! “This land IS your land, this land IS my land” and another world IS possible. There is an old glee club number that just drips with American exceptionalism, but the closing line is, “THIS IS MY COUNTRY, TO HAVE, AND TO HOLD.”


#9

All right, pussy grabbers: I got along fine without the internet for fifty years solid, and I can do it again. I am already scaling back my internet usage, as too much thinking globally is hindering my ability to act locally. Take away my internet–that’s MY internet–and I will never order anything online again, and no business that doesn’t send me a paper catalog will get any of my business.


#10

Good point! Each of us should send an email to every company (s)he has ever done business with on the Net to say “Goodby. Because dickheads are taking over OUR Internet, I will make no more I’net purchases until Net Neutrality is restored and guaranteed. Whose Internet? OUR Internet! And don’t ANY of you forget that!”


#11

Shocking that 99% of the country doesn’t support net neutrality. Maybe they don’t fully understand what it is, and maybe they don’t understand the implications of doing away with it? Seems that the rat parasites in power want to destroy the internet like they’ve destroyed the TV and newspaper media. Capitalism has long outlived its usefulness as a system.


#12

They want us to be submissive and obey.

I say “F#€k Dat”.

They want to take away our rights. Let’s take away their profits.


#13

This is what “privitizing” looks like.


#14

You’d have to drop your ISP to drop its profit. That means no email, no handling your finances online, no searching what and where to purchase an item locally to save yourself time and money, no keeping up with world events, etc, etc, etc.

I got rid of cable TV a couple of years ago; and, don’t miss it at all. But, I’d truly miss the money and time saving aspects of the Internet, which enable me to live much less expensively than I otherwise could. I’d also miss being more informed than I was when the World Wide Web did not exist.

I believe we really do owe it to ourselves, as a first step, to contact our representative members of Congress. All it will take is a few five minutes phone calls to the offices of your senators; and of your representative. They tend to pay close attention to the number of phone calls they receive on an issue; because, they realize that us calling them on the phone takes a good deal more effort than filling out some canned Internet protest form.

I’d hate it to get to the point where I’d have to start thinking about dumping Spectrum and comparing satellite ISPs to determine which ones are more neutral.


#15

Sadly as an oligarchy it is the elites that own this country and has been for a while. Though it is long overdue for the people to take the country back. There is only so far you can push the people until they revolt.


#16

And that is another reason the FCC has to gut net neutrality. Either the customers of the ISPs that have bought the FCC have to pay more or their day to day lives are inconvenienced and they are rendered more ignorant on what is happening in the world. Either way those in charge wins.


#17

Shhhhh…, TV’s on.


#18

Lovely sentiment. Kumbaya and all that.

The thing is, you don’t own this country, and neither do I. Not really.

Start with that reality and then do what needs to be done, with that truth in mind. We don’t need any more delusions. They’re only distractions and put us on the wrong path.


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What does “revolt” look like to you?

Because they own the military and the police, the internet (therefore, the means of disseminating information), the drugs (of every type, that keeps this population addicted), the food supply, the electrical infrastructure, the oil refineries, the educational system.

All of which they will not hesitate to use as weapons–because they are ruthless fucking psychopaths–while we reload our muskets.


#20

Maybe there should be talk of “access point neutrality”. That would be a return to the internet access we had in the days of dial-up internet where if you had access to a phone line you could then connect to any local internet provider that you wanted. Back then the internet provider and the lines that you accessed the internet on were usually separate companies. Back then it did not matter which telephone company you were connected to because from it you had access to the local internet provider of your choice.

When we switched to higher speed internet we then got the internet from the providers who also owned the lines. We were no longer able to easily and freely connect to the provider of our choice when it was not the owner of the cables. Before when we were at a friends place we could connect to the provider of our choice over the telephone lines, but now at our friends place we can only use the service that our friend uses, assuming of course that our friend would let us have the password. This did not all happen all at once though because our friends started using wifi to access their internet and for a few years we were able to access wifi easily when our friends did not have their wifi protected with a password. But the providers got around that and very few people now have wifi that can be used without complex passwords that they mostly cannot remember. In other words the “access point neutrality” that we had in the days of dial-up is gone in the days of high-speed internet. For a while in the early days of wifi routers we had some semblance of that but that too is dead. We no longer have access point neutrality.

The reason that I am talking about access point neutrality is that if we had it we could connect at will to the providers who would give us net neutrality. With vpn’s it is now possible to set up a system to do so. This will require that the providers who own the lines be required to give us access to any vpn of our choice, and then the vpn of our choice would be required to pay the provider who owns the lines at a regulated rate for the use of their lines. The provider who owns the lines would not be allowed to preference their vpn’s over any other vpn’s. We would then be able to chose a vpn that gave us network neutrality. We could have contracts with several vpn’s if we chose to, and with access point neutrality we would be able to chose which one to use at any time on any internet line as the vpn we chose would pay the owner of the line for its use at a regulated rate.

With access point neutrality the network companies would be able to sell you several of their vpn’s. On some of these vpn’s they would be able to preference particular services and sites. I might consider buying access to some of them, but I would still want access to a vpn of my choice that gives me net neutrality when I need or want it. This requires “access point neutrality”. I doubt that there is any technical reason that would prevent this from being done with currently available technology, internet lines, access points and vpn’s.