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edified
Lively Up Yourself
05:23 AM on 05/06/2010
Well this is good news, I'll definitely be looking for updates on this story.
Wait, I like the way that sounds.... this is good news... that's a phrase I don't get to use very often these days....sigh....I'll take it when and where ever I can!
05:13 AM on 05/06/2010
UBS analyst John Hodulik said the cable companies and carriers were likely to fight this in court "for years" and could accelerate their plans to wind down investment in their broadband networks.
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Sounds like the usual abusive and exploitative behaviour by Capitalists.. The threat: "If you don't do what we want, we will cease servicing you!" Well, stop than and someone else will take over from you if this, i.e. your Capitalism, really is a free market system. I say, it is not.
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08:22 AM on 05/06/2010
Agreed, if only we had a government willing to nationalize industries the Capitalists would be too terrified to pull this crap. Not that I necessarily believe in nationalization in every case, but it is a strong threat against Capitalist abuses.
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StevenWells
Objects in the avatar are larger than they appear
01:35 PM on 05/06/2010
On the other hand, simply calling their bluff ain't bad.
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lj9283
Why is "Carried Interest" not taxed as Income?
04:51 AM on 05/06/2010
It appears that some do not understand the concept of Network Neutrality:

"In essence Network Neutrality argues that no bit of information should be prioritized over another.

To draw a simple example, take two content providers such as the Verizon website and the University of California website.

If net neutrality were upheld, both entities would pay their monthly fees to the network provider and if all else equal, any bit of information from the Verizon website will make the same trek as one from say the UC Berkeley website. There would be no roadblocks or shortcuts any of the websites can take to make the end user desire their content more.

However, without a neutral stance in what is carried over their pipes, network providers can choose to discriminate and decide how fast data will be transmitted and at what quality. So in our example, say Verizon (which is also a network provider) chooses to prioritize their data over that of UC Berkeley.

Information from Verizon will then be more desirable to the end user since it is so much faster than the UC website. "

http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~raylin/whatisnetneutrality.htm
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istvan13
The world needs more thinkers.
08:47 AM on 05/06/2010
Fanned for a great explanation, this is an easy concept to grasp, yet people like the following 'AndyWright68' demonstrate that they prefer to believe the False Noise lies, than the truth.
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
04:20 AM on 05/06/2010
What is with blocking comments here?
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
04:19 AM on 05/06/2010
There is nothing wrong now. There is nothing that needs fixing. Leave it alone!
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
04:19 AM on 05/06/2010
Nothing good will come of government regulations over the ISPs. There is nothing wrong now. There is nothing that needs fixing. Leave it alone!
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iblogleft
Certifiable
11:29 AM on 05/06/2010
Nothing is broken.. sounds eerily familiar.

Not even a nice try.
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
04:19 AM on 05/06/2010
The government needs to keep their sticky hands off the internet.
07:34 AM on 05/06/2010
If the government putting their "sticky hands" on the internet means the ISPs can't stop me from using BitTorrent, I'm all for it.
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
08:59 AM on 05/06/2010
Has nothing to do with stopping you. If you were using my ISP I would charge you more and those who don't steal movies less. So you are for government control over private businesses if it helps you steal? What's new?
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benji85
09:59 AM on 05/06/2010
If that was the case there would be no Internet in the first place buddy.
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
04:18 AM on 05/06/2010
The government needs to keep their sti.cky hands off the internet. Nothing good will come of government regulations over the ISPs. There is nothing wrong now. There is nothing that needs fixing. Leave it alone!
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edified
Lively Up Yourself
05:49 AM on 05/06/2010
Duh, that's exactly what they're doing. The corporations wanted to change it and the FCC is saying leave it alone, it's not broke, and they are not allowing corporations to "fix" it for their benefit.
Or do you want corporations deciding which web sites you can access quickly and which ones take 5 minutes to load?
Please figure it out, you're wasting space commenting like this
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
06:03 AM on 05/06/2010
The corporations haven't changed anything. If you are going to go around and control people because they might do something then fascism is right up your ally.

YES. I want the ISPs to decide what their customers access. If their customers don't like it they can go to another ISP. If they do like it their rates can be reduced.

So you want people who use the internet for surfing and emails paying for people who download torrent files. Figure it out. But first make an attempt to understand what is really going on.
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
04:16 AM on 05/06/2010
The government needs to keep their sticky hands off the internet. Nothing good will come of government regulations over the ISPs. There is nothing wrong now. There is nothing that needs fixing. Leave it alone!
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Draekia
Open-minded thinker and traveller
04:27 AM on 05/06/2010
The regulation is a way to keep it that way? Unless this is sarcasm, I fail to see any logic in your statement -- just naivete.
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
05:57 AM on 05/06/2010
Keep it that way? Give me a break. All they will do is skew the free market. There is nothing to fix. If you owned and ISP why would you want the government telling you what to do with YOUR networks? Nothing good will come from the government manipulating private businesses. Look what they have done with the housing market and our monetary system.
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iblogleft
Certifiable
11:08 AM on 05/06/2010
Nothing wrong with being last, says the American Corporatist.
04:11 AM on 05/06/2010
Oh how I wish this was headline news, but good news none the less.
03:53 AM on 05/06/2010
WoW! So a day goes by when we're NOT getting some of our rights taken away?

I'm Feeling Faint... get me some smelling salt please!
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racetoinfinity
restore Glass-Steagall now!
02:48 AM on 05/06/2010
It's great to read encouraging, heartening news. Hasn't been much of it in a long time.
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UsofA
Don't believe everything you think.
02:03 AM on 05/06/2010
This is essential and overdue.
01:11 AM on 05/06/2010
YES!!!!!!! net neutrality is SO important in an open society that is supposed to guarantee freedom of the press.
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DavidShort
12:07 AM on 05/06/2010
Didn't we just hear that the FCC didn't have the authority to regulate the internet? Is this just another example of 'whatever, we will do as we wish'?
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iblogleft
Certifiable
12:27 AM on 05/06/2010
No, not really. it is the people fixing another massive failure.

Someone fantasized that internet data was a non-communications system. Sounds like Bush era policy to me :-)
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DavidShort
12:39 AM on 05/06/2010
A lack of regulation is not indicative of failure. That seems to be the most common misconception of those on the left. It just perturbs some people if there isn't a fingerprint, or whole hand, of government regulation on something.
12:31 AM on 05/06/2010
Hey, keep in mind, dems view everything as a right. We have aright to internet access. Just because the amount of usage has a net effect on the carriers' ability to provide service doesn't mean they can charge more for people who cause the effect. Just like it is wrong for US Mail, UPS and FedEx to charge more for large or heavy packages, because we all have a right to freight service.
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DavidShort
01:22 AM on 05/06/2010
you are right. It is so unfair that some may have while other do not. That some achieve while others don't. If we stamp our feet enough, maybe the benevolent tyrants in training in Washington will throw us a few crumbs for the sacrifice of just a few freedoms and liberties.
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Eris23Skidoo
Dischordian Keynesian
04:05 AM on 05/06/2010
We don't view EVERYTHING as a right. But internet service at a reasonable rate that is unrestricted by some corporation IS a right. We paid for that right with our tax money. Al Gore got the fiber-optic cable laid and Army developed the tech. No corporation owns the internet and they NEVER should.

The problem with conservatives is they think that some aristocrat should always get to dictate what gets to be said, who gets to censor whom and which corporation should get to free-ride on the back of govt infrastructure that it did NOT invest in, yet be able to "tax" everyone for using. Screw conservatism.