February 24, 2015 by JImbo
(image courtesy of Comicallyincorrect.com. You can see from the date how long we’ve been fighting Internet Censorship for via FCC “Net Neutrality”)
More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here’s a big reason we’ve seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally. That’s a principle known as “net neutrality” — and it says that an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.
That’s what President Obama believes, and what he means when he says there should be no gatekeepers between you and your favorite online sites and services.
And as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers new rules for how to safeguard competition and user choice, we cannot take that principle of net neutrality for granted. Ensuring a free and open Internet is the only way we can preserve the Internet’s power to connect our world. That’s why the President has laid out a plan to do it, and is asking the FCC to implement it.
I’ve got two words for that mularkey.
The Internet is ALREADY freer than any other place on the PLANET. How do you make something entirely free…more free? Well if you’re government you TAX, REGULATE AND RESTRICT IT of course!
Makes perfect sense to you?
The government doesn’t want more freedom. They want LESS freedom for you, and more CONTROL for them. Consider the President’s “talking points” which are his reasons to regulate the Internet.
- No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player — not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business.
- No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
- Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
- No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.
Let me get this straight… WHO decides what is “legal?” Well, right now NO ONE. You can post any sort of website you want. All you have to do is find a company that will host it and you’re good to go! In fact, you can self-host if you want to invest in a server at your house. So… there is no actual problem here.
It is a PRETEND problem that will be “solved” by passing a ton of new laws that will RESTRICT you from that freedom.
The same is true of “throttling” and “paid prioritization.” Why SHOULD the blog of a 15 year old emo whiner have as much bandwidth/storage as a company website? Do you seriously think that a few pages of teenage hormone rambling needs the same data access as Netflix which is streaming millions of movies at once?
That’s just stupid. Who possibly thinks that the two are the same?ONE “universal standard” of what a “normal website” needs to use? REALLY?
Where do you set this “universal standard?” I’m gonna bet… the government. This is where you will get the OPPOSITE of progress. You will get REGRESSION in America.
You won’t suddenly get millions of individual people using 1,000 times as much storage space. You will get companies and popular sites getting 1,000th of as much as they need, strangling important industries.
Imagine if Amazon and “Joe’s Shoe Store in Duluth, Minnesota” get the SAME amount of data. Do you think Joe’s is going to suddenly USE a million times as much space? No. Besides, there isn’t that much space for EVERYONE to get all that extra data.
So, what will happen? Amazon will be told “You don’t get to use any more space on the Internet than Joe does.” Amazon will essentially cease to exist.
THAT is what the President is claiming is “good for the country.”
He’s backed up by lots of ignorant fools.
Social Justice protesters who think “Evil Corporations” are unfair.
Government types who want control and “security” love it.
Politicians are salivating at all the extra taxes they can put on everything you buy on the Internet. Plus, if you have to pay “user fees” and “website registration fees” and “extra data usage fees”… oh that’s just music to their ears!
And finally there are many small businesses that would just love to “stick it to” some big competitor. Joe’s book store no longer has to compete with Amazon. If things are tough to buy online… suddenly people MIGHT go into his store on Main Street again!
If Netflix can’t stream movies… then Blockbuster might reopen on State Street renting actual DVDs!
And how many people are going to shell out money for a “website license” and follow “FCC rules?” Those same rules that governed network television and makes it so you can’t swear or show nudity on TV.
You DO realize that means NO PORN ON THE INTERNET right? That’s EXACTLY what that means. Still loving “Net Neutrality?”
See where this is going?
Moving backwards technologically.
Moving backwards culturally.
Moving backwards in LIBERTY.
Is this good for America? Well just ask Europe. They have similar rules in place and their internet is SLOW. Their internet companies lag behind. There is simply no demand.
If everyone is only allowed by the government to use a tiny bit of data, why invent anything new? Who needs more apps and websites if you can’t get to them or they take forever to load up?
The best part? This only affects US websites and US cable/internet providers. It won’t affect OTHER COUNTRIES. So, China will still have fast internet and online shopping. Japan. Saudi Arabia. Heck, even parts of Africa might have more technology and advanced assets than we do.
Smart companies will probably just “offshore” anyway. Amazon won’t stop selling globally. They already do much of their business overseas. They’ll just move MORE of it over there. Same with most companies.
And what about satellite? There’s no “pipeline” there and they don’t have to be “based” in the United States. How do THEY get regulated? Can the US government demand that you can’t have a satellite dish?
Expect a lawsuit!
It’s crazy, but this COULD be coming very soon if the FCC passes the new (unconstitutional) regulations. They vote Friday (Thursday if they can accelerate their schedule to push it through before people notice.)
On the table are 300+ pages of new regulations that the PUBLIC IS NOT ALLOWED TO SEE UNTIL AFTER THEY ARE PASSED! Yup. You can’t be trusted to LOOK at them.
Just trust them.
They’re politicians and bureaucrats.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong, right?
That’s why it’s hilarious that “transparency” is the President’s third selling point. Wow. SO transparent that we can’t even READ the regulations?
That should tell you all you need to know.
Shut this down.
If they want to debate this, it should be in PUBLIC in a HUGE forum. Hundreds of millions of us Americans use the Internet and THREE people are going to decide how to censor it?
Yes, that is happening.
At least sign a damned petition.
Otherwise, you’ve got no one but yourself to blame later.
Intentional ignorance is idiocy.
By the way DO NOT SIGN THIS PETITION.
It is FOR Internet Regulation. It is encouraging the government to come in and take away your free speech in the guise of “protecting our free speech from corporations.” In a sick twist the owners (EFF, Electronic Frontiers Foundation) even claim that this will “make government more transparent” and effectively echo the SAME four points from the President’s official website. It’s almost as if they were… using the same talking points.
Huh… imagine that.
There are actually DOZENS of pro-censorship petitions out there. DON’T BE FOOLED. They are trying to trick you into supporting giving your own rights away.
freepress.net (if that’s not a misleading name I dunno what is!)
battleforthenet.com (again… a hilariously reversed claim considering they want to slow it down and destroy the internet through more regulations)
www.stoptheslowdown.net (Who are funding all these sites? Do they even realize their actions will in fact SLOW DOWN the Internet?)
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) (Yes, the Civil Liberties Union is trying to PREVENT Free Speech and Liberty…. ironic isn’t it?)
Tons of others.
They’re either working for the Administration or they are IDIOTS. Quite useful shills and oddly informed…
And I’m wondering how they know what’s in those 300+ pages of FCC regulations… considering that no one in the general public is allowed to see them. So either they are outright lying and have NOT read them, or they HAVE read them and are on the inside track.
It’s almost like…they’re working with the government.
A reminder… if you want to stop government censorship of the Internet and preserve Free Speech… SIGN HERE.
That website will send letters from you to both the FCC Commission as well as your local politicians. In my case it won’t matter because this is the Peoples’ Republic of New York and most of my politicians are Pink Democrats.