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Old 04-21-06, 04:15 PM
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Is Congress going to ruin the Internet?

Looks like this Congress is going to sell out to big business again. I thought this was one of those pain in the ass emails are going to be taxed deals until I read this website. Goodbye free enterprise on the web! Judge for yourself.

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Old 04-21-06, 04:17 PM
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Looks like they already killed the internet!
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Old 04-21-06, 04:19 PM
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Most likely. They've already ruined network television by giving de facto absolute power to the FCC.
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Old 04-21-06, 06:07 PM
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I hope so. This internet sucks. We need a new one.
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Your local library’s Web site shouldn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to <i>open more properly on your computer.</i>
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Old 04-21-06, 07:28 PM
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The internet is just a fad.
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Old 04-21-06, 07:29 PM
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The wording is terrible, but the message is correct: Amazon.com could pay your ISP to load their site much faster than, say, bn.com. This is but one of many things they want to do. It's a terrible idea and would pretty much destroy the internet. Google doesn't want to pay? Your ISP blocks the site.

With the paucity of broadband providers in this country, what exactly could you do?

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Old 04-21-06, 07:30 PM
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I hope so. This internet sucks. We need a new one.
I just rebooted the internet yesterday. Try now.

Seriously, this whole thing sounds like a bad idea.
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Old 04-21-06, 07:34 PM
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Not to worry, Al Gore says he's working on a brand new one.
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Old 04-21-06, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by General Zod
Not to worry, Al Gore says he's working on a brand new one.
That never gets old. Like Chirac's pic.
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That never gets old. Like Chirac's pic.
And twinkies.
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Old 04-22-06, 12:55 PM
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This is a terrible idea. The internet works great right now. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I guess maybe I'm going against what the offical libertarian position would be on this issue. If so, then good. I'd rather think for myself.
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www.turnofftheinternet.com .. just turn it off (might need to allow a popup, not harmful, pure humor)
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i doubt this would work.

if an isp cut off google, a lot of the isps customers would revolt
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Old 04-27-06, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Venusian
i doubt this would work.

if an isp cut off google, a lot of the isps customers would revolt
Not to mention all the ISPs that would advertise themselves as "We don't block anything!"
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The real problem with this is that AT&T, Comcast, and the other big companies own a lot of the actual wiring that allows for broadband internet. So even if you're using a local ISP, a lot of these restrictions will come down from the big companies and there's nothing we can do.

This should have been called the "rape Americans with a splintery broomstick" bill.

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Old 04-27-06, 09:48 PM
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google has bought up a lot of dark fiber. what's to stop them from becoming an ISP?
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Actually, Google bought a lot of lines explicitly for this purpose. I have no doubt that they will become their own ISP, and I think a lot of people will join. Google has the potential to turn this loss into a major gain for them.
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Could someone explain this to me:

Why do we need to "save the internet" by introducing new regulations that have never been part of the internet? What exactly does this new legislation (without the Net Neutrality ammendment) change from existing standards?

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This is a terrible idea. The internet works great right now. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I guess maybe I'm going against what the offical libertarian position would be on this issue. If so, then good. I'd rather think for myself.
I think the general libertarian position is not to adopt the Net Neutrality regulations...but I'm not sure if that's what you meant or not. I
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Old 05-01-06, 11:24 PM
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Right now, nothing prohibits AT&T from slowing user's access to a website and then demanding that web site pay for faster access to their customers. A Net Neutrality bill would hopefully prevent this. Now that AT&T has basically reformed, they have been hinting at doing that very thing.
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Old 06-09-06, 01:54 PM
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Saw this ad in today's New York Times (Note: it's a pdf- I could not find an image version):

http://cdn.moveon.org/content/pdfs/M...nCoalition.pdf

When you've got the Christian Coalition and MoveOn.org agreeing, you know their opponent is on the wrong side. Or it's the Rapture.
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