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Say Goodbye To "Net Neutrality" – New FCC Proposal Will Permit Discrimination Of Web Content

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The concept of “net neutrality” is not an easy one to wrap your head around. Particularly if you aren’t an expert in how the internet works and if you don’t work for an ISP (internet service provider). In fact, I think that lobbyists and special interest groups make the concept intentionally difficult and convoluted so that the average person’s eyes glaze over and they move on to the next topic. I am by no means an expert in this area; however, in this post I will try to explain in as simple terms as possible what “net neutrality” means and what is at risk with the latest FCC proposal. I also highlight a wide variety of articles on the subject, so I hope this post can serve as a one-stop-shop on the issue.

The concept of “net neutrality” describes how broadband access across the internet currently works. Essentially, the ISPs are not allowed to discriminate amongst the content being delivered to the consumer. A small site like Liberty Blitzkrieg, will be delivered in the same manner as content from a huge site like CNN that has massive traffic and a major budget. This is precisely why the internet has become such a huge force for free speech. It has allowed the “little guy” with no budget to compete equally in the “market of ideas” with the largest media behemoths on the planet. It has allowed for a quantum leap in the democratization and decentralization in the flow of information like nothing since the invention and proliferation of the printing press itself. It is one of the most powerful tools ever created by humanity, and must be guarded as the treasure it is.

People have been worried about internet censorship in the USA for a long time. What people need to understand is that censorship in so-called “first world” countries cannot be implemented in the same manner as in societies used to authoritarian rule. The status quo in the U.S. understands that the illusion of freedom must be maintained even as civil liberties are eroded to zero. In the UK, the approach to internet censorship has been the creation of “internet filters.” The guise is fighting porn, but in the end you get censorship. This is something I highlighted in my post: How Internet in the UK is “Sleepwalking into Censorship.”

In the U.S., it appears the tactic might take the form of new FCC rules on “net neutrality,” which the Wall Street Journal first broke earlier this week. While the exact rules won’t become public until May 15th, what we know now is that the FCC intends to allow ISPs to create a “fast lane” for internet content, which established content providers with big bucks can pay for in order to gain preferred access to consumers on the other end.

This is truly the American way of censorship. Figure out how those with the deepest pockets can smother the free speech of those with little or no voice on the one medium in which information flow is still treated equally. The nightmare scenario here would be that status quo companies use their funds to price out everyone else. It would kill innovation on the web before it starts. It’s just another example of the status quo attempting to build a moat around itself that we have already seen in so many other areas of the economy. The internet really is the last bastion of freedom and dynamism in the U.S. economy and this proposal could put that at serious risk. Oh, and to make matters worse, the current FCC is filled to the brim with revolving door industry lobbyists. More on this later.

So that’s my two cents. Now I will provide excerpts from some of the many articles that have been written on the topic in recent days.

First, from the article that started it all in the Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON—Regulators are proposing new rules on Internet traffic that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes.

 

If the rule is adopted, winners would be the major broadband providers that would be able to charge both consumers and content providers for access to their networks. Companies like Google Inc. or Netflix Inc. that offer voice or video services that rely on broadband could take advantage of such arrangements by paying to ensure that their traffic reaches consumers without disruption. Those companies could pay for preferential treatment on the “last mile” of broadband networks that connects directly to consumers’ homes.

 

Startups and other small companies not capable of paying for preferential treatment are likely to suffer under the proposal, say net neutrality supporters, along with content companies that might have to pay a toll to guarantee optimal service.

 

In Silicon Valley, there has been a long-standing unease with owners of broadband pipes treating some content as more equal than others. Large companies have been mostly silent about the FCC’s moves regarding broadband service, but some smaller firms or investors in startups have said the FCC needs to tread carefully so Internet policies don’t disadvantage young companies that can’t afford tolls to the Web.

 

“For technologists and entrepreneurs alike this is a worst-case scenario,” said Eric Klinker, chief executive of BitTorrent Inc., a popular Internet technology for people to swap digital movies or other content. “Creating a fast lane for those that can afford it is by its very definition discrimination.”

 

Some consumer advocacy groups reacted strongly against the proposal. The American Civil Liberties Union said, “If the FCC embraces this reported reversal in its stance toward net neutrality, barriers to innovation will rise, the marketplace of ideas on the Internet will be constrained, and consumers will ultimately pay the price.” Free Press, a nonpartisan organization that is a frequent critic of the FCC, said, “With this proposal, the FCC is aiding and abetting the largest ISPs in their efforts to destroy the open Internet.”

The New York Times also covered the story:

Still, the regulations could radically reshape how Internet content is delivered to consumers. For example, if a gaming company cannot afford the fast track to players, customers could lose interest and its product could fail.

 

Consumer groups immediately attacked the proposal, saying that not only would costs rise, but also that big, rich companies with the money to pay large fees to Internet service providers would be favored over small start-ups with innovative business models — stifling the birth of the next Facebook or Twitter.

 

“If it goes forward, this capitulation will represent Washington at its worst,” said Todd O’Boyle, program director of Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative. “Americans were promised, and deserve, an Internet that is free of toll roads, fast lanes and censorship — corporate or governmental.”

Let’s not forget that Comcast is attempting to take over Time Warner (I wrote my opinion on that here). So this whole thing seems like a gigantic, status quo consolidation cluster fuck.

Also, Comcast is asking for government permission to take over Time Warner Cable, the third-largest broadband provider, and opponents of the merger say that expanding its reach as a broadband company will give Comcast more incentive to favor its own content over that of unaffiliated programmers.

USA! USA!

“The very essence of a ‘commercial reasonableness’ standard is discrimination,” Michael Weinberg, a vice president at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group, said in a statement. “And the core of net neutrality is nondiscrimination.”

 

“This standard allows Internet service providers to impose a new price of entry for innovation on the Internet,” he said.

Now from TechCrunch’s article, The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Will Brutalize The Internet:

The FCC will propose new net neutrality rules that at once protect content from discrimination, but also allow content companies to pay for preferential treatment. The news, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, would in fact create a two-tiered system in which wealthy companies can “better serve the market” at the expense of younger, less well-capitalized firms.

 

The above is only “net neutrality” in that it protects all content from having its delivery degraded on a whim. The rubric reported doesn’t actually force neutrality at all, but instead carves out a way for extant potentates to crowd out the next generation of players by leaning on their cash advantage.

 

In practice this puts new companies and new ideas at a disadvantage, as they come into the market with a larger disadvantage than they otherwise might have. Any cost that we introduce that a large company can afford, and a startup can’t, either makes the startup poorer should it pay or degrades its service by comparison if it doesn’t.

 

This will slow innovation and enrich the status quo. That’s a shame.

So given the potential disastrous consequences noted above, why is the FCC pushing this through? After all, “net neutrality” was one of candidate Barack Obama’s key campaign promises (just the latest in a series of completely broken promises and lies).

As usual, you can simply follow the money. While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is hiding behind a recent court decision that seemingly struck down net neutrality, the court gave him the option to declare the internet a public utility, which would have prevented this outcome. Yet, he didn’t go that route. Why? The revolving door of course!

An article by Lee Fang at Vice sheds a great deal of light on the issue:

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal dropped something of a bombshell with leaked news that the Federal Communications Commission is planning to abandon so-called “net neutrality” regulations—rules to ensure that Internet providers are prevented from discriminating based on content. Under the new proposed system, companies such as Comcast or Verizon will be able to create a tiered Internet, in which websites will have to pay more money for faster speeds, a change that observers predict will curb free speech, stifle innovation and increase costs for consumers.

 

Like so many problems in American government, the policy shift may relate to the pernicious corruption of the revolving door. The FCC is stocked with staffers who have recently worked for Internet Service Providers (ISP) that stand to benefit tremendously from the defeat of net neutrality.

The American way.

Take Daniel Alvarez, an attorney who has long represented Comcast through the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. In 2010, Alvarez wrote a letter to the FCC on behalf of Comcast protesting net neutrality rules, arguing that regulators failed to appreciate “socially beneficial discrimination.” The proposed rules, Alvarez wrote in the letter co-authored with a top Comcast lobbyist named Joe Waz, should be reconsidered.

Today, someone in Comcast’s Philadelphia headquarters is probably smiling. Alvarez is now on the other side, working among a small group of legal advisors hired directly under Tom Wheeler, the new FCC Commissioner who began his job in November.

 

As soon as Wheeler came into office, he also announced the hiring of former Ambassador Philip Verveer as his senior counselor. A records request reveals that Verveer also worked for Comcast in the last year. In addition, he was retained by two industry groups that have worked to block net neutrality, the Wireless Association (CTIA) and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

 

In February, Matthew DelNero was brought into the agency to work specifically on net neutrality. DelNero has previously worked as an attorney for TDS Telecom, an Internet service provider that has lobbied on net neutrality, according to filings.

 

In his first term, Obama’s administration proposed net neutrality rules, but in January of this year, a federal court tossed the regulations in a case brought by Verizon. The decision left open the possibility of new rules, but only if the FCC were to reclassify the Internet as a utility. The Wall Street Journal story with details about the FCC’s leaked plans claims the agency will not be reclassifying the web as a utility. The revised rules to be announced by the FCC will allow ISPs to “give preferential treatment to traffic from some content providers, as long as such arrangements are available on ‘commercially reasonable’ terms,” reports journalist Gautham Nagesh.

Well how about chairman Wheeler himself?

Critics have been quick to highlight the fact that chairman Wheeler, the new head of the FCC, is a former lobbyist with close ties to the telecommunications industry. In March, telecom companies—including Comcast, Verizon, and the US Telecom Association—filled the sponsor list for a reception to toast Wheeler and other commissioners. Many of these companies have been furiously lobbying Wheeler and other FCC officials on the expected rule since the Verizon ruling.

 

But overall, the FCC is one of many agencies that have fallen victim to regulatory capture. Beyond campaign contributions and other more visible aspects of the influence trade in Washington, moneyed special interest groups control the regulatory process by placing their representatives into public office, while dangling lucrative salaries to those in office who are considering retirement. The incentives, with pay often rising to seven and eight figure salaries on K Street, are enough to give large corporations effective control over the rule-making process.

Ars Technica also covered the revolving door angle in its article:

The CTIA Wireless Association today announced that Meredith Attwell Baker—a former FCC Commissioner and former Comcast employee—will become its president and CEO on June 2, replacing Steve Largent, a former member of Congress (and former NFL player).

 

Largent himself became the cellular lobby’s leader when he replaced Tom Wheeler—who is now the chairman of the FCC. Wheeler is also the former president and CEO of the NCTA (National Cable & Telecommunications Association), which… wait for it… is now led by former FCC Chairman Michael Powell.

 

To sum up, the top cable and wireless lobby groups in the US are led by a former FCC chairman and former FCC commissioner, while the FCC itself is led by a man who formerly led both the cable and wireless lobby groups.

I mean, you can’t make this stuff up.

But wait, it gets worse.

Among current FCC commissioners, Republican Ajit Pai previously served as associate general counsel for Verizon and held numerous government positions before becoming a commissioner in 2012.

It is extraordinarily tragic that the greed of a small group of crony crooks revolving between the corridors of corporate America and Washington D.C. may be about to ruin the open internet as we know it.

Please share this article far and wide and perhaps enough public awareness can make a difference.

 

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Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:37 | 4698846 Kina
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Could last person out of USA turn off lights please, thank you.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:43 | 4698861 whstlblwr
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They hate us for our freedom

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:51 | 4698879 SoilMyselfRotten
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And Kerry openly calling out RT as a propaganda outfit, If they have their choice there will only be garbage left to consume.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:19 | 4698934 fonestar
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This could actually be a good thing if it forces people to see the need for military grade encryption, deep web, proxies, VPN, torrents, blockchain technologies (including Namecoin) and more.

We always find a way around the stupid lawyers.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:26 | 4698954 zerozulu
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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.

 

 Martin Niemöller

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:46 | 4699105 A Lunatic
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When they come for the Miley Cyrus Twitter feed I'll damned sure be speaking out.....

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:58 | 4699121 James_Cole
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Good for government - squash free speech.

Good for corps - squash competition. 

And for the people...?

Also, note the silence from all the corps who were vocal about SOPA? 

Make no mistake, this move is pure fascism. Difference is the American douchebags behind this have better PR mouthpieces than bashar al assad and therefore it's all about 'market forces' and 'capitalism.'

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:16 | 4699167 freewolf7
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Net neutrality. Kinda like The Patriot Act.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:37 | 4699224 TBT or not TBT
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So, James Cole, how do feel about the end of the FCC "Fairness Doctrine"'s end, which let Limbaugh, Levin, Savage, Hannity et al exist on the airwaves. Your side does like authoritarian control freak solutions if they like the result. They sure like their Comcast campaign checks and Hollywood starlet endorsements and MSM covering their backs instead of their shenanigans.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 15:36 | 4699331 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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The end of the internet as we know it. You can tell your grandkids that when you were around, the internet was a free zone of unlimited innovation, creativity,  and variety. Not any more. All because some shithead Comcast billionaire shareholder wants to make a few more filthy dollars.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:13 | 4699417 zhandax
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Comcast pissed me off in 92 and I have refused to have anything to do with them since, even if it meant running at DSL speed.  It is really that simple.  Starve the beast.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 18:36 | 4699798 James_Cole
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So, James Cole, how do feel about the end of the FCC "Fairness Doctrine"'s end, which let Limbaugh, Levin, Savage, Hannity et al exist on the airwaves. Your side does like authoritarian control freak solutions if they like the result. 

Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:27 | 4698957 813kml
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The issue is that those measures shouldn't be necessary in a "free" country.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:33 | 4698967 fonestar
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The issue is not to make obsolete and redundant technologies workable in our current society, but rather to make the legal and political establishment obsolete and redundant through superior technology we hold as our own.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:18 | 4699048 Yen Cross
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  What ever happen to IPV-6 Fonestar?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:15 | 4699164 sleigher
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lol

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:17 | 4699169 Yen Cross
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    That's what I thought. Thanks

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:40 | 4699231 g'kar
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IPV-6 should phase out IPV-4 as soon as the NSA is ready.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:49 | 4699251 Yen Cross
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 ROR or Tor? I get confused.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:58 | 4699578 g'kar
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I only have two states: confused or drunk and confused

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:26 | 4699063 TBT or not TBT
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Good luck with that. Meanwhile, Comcast's bankrolling of our fascist party is paying off it seems, in the fine print of FCC backpedalling on net neutrality, and easy peasy consolidation of the cable TV business, including, ahem, the last mile of high speed Internet acces.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:32 | 4698964 813kml
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Also, you're kidding yourself if you don't think the NSA is running some of the VPN providers.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:36 | 4698976 fonestar
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You can always run your own IPSEC/SSL tunnels over those VPNs as well.  And choose VPNs hosted in non-friendly, non-compliant nations.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:53 | 4699008 813kml
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ISPs are the limiting factor in all of this.  They can throttle certain protocols or possibly block traffic if the IP isn't on their list of pay-to-play destinations.  They do that already with other peer-to-peer communication such as torrents.  This is all designed to give preference to corporations with deep pockets.  Same as it ever was in the US, King Dollar rules all.

The intertubes are the NSA's playground anyway, this is a way for them to legally make the ISPs play their game.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:31 | 4699077 TBT or not TBT
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Comcast is an ISP. And they'll be most people's ISP when their merger is all bought and paid for. They sell you a combined boob tube and Highspeed Internet package, but Internet alone, that'll cost you a lot more on your bill if you don't pay for their tv programming.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:44 | 4699521 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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You assume if it is intrusive enough people including companies won't just say fuck the ISPs and bypass right around them putting up their own wireless relays and creating bypasses around the ISPs ultimately hitting them where it hurts the most, in the wallet.

Be careful what you wish for in wanting to charge more for priority bandwidth access.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:08 | 4699032 madtechnician
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Hey fonestar , seen MaidSafe and MeshNet yet ? Total internet decentralisation is just around the corner.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 15:04 | 4699278 garypaul
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So the Average Joe will be able to out-muscle the big guys in technology? Fonestar, you're a f*cking idiot.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:52 | 4698881 TheReplacement
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If you are an intelligent person, you will know that is a 100% true statement.  You just have to be discerning on who "they" are.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:26 | 4698955 Kirk2NCC1701
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Never mind "The Last Mile".  It's "The Last Six Inches" I'm worried about, when it comes to these guys.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:33 | 4699081 TBT or not TBT
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The rectum is seldom 6 inches deep.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 21:11 | 4700103 StychoKiller
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More like 4 to 6 feet deep; but more importantly, it's not in a straight line!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:34 | 4699083 UGrev
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Isn't the last mile pretty much the most connected, fastest and fattest pipe to/from the ISP? if so, doesn't that mean that it's been paid for 100x over? 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:17 | 4699172 sleigher
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Wasn't it all paid for in the 90's with the universal service fee?  No?  Of that's right, we paid the extra cash so they could have larger bonuses.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:51 | 4699005 surf0766
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The lights will never go out. The principles of America are inside certain people.

As long as there are those who still stand for those things that had made us great at one time, American will never die.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:38 | 4698849 agent default
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So the ISPs have effectively lost their common carrier status.  Way to go assholes, you are now responsible for every dumb fuck thing said or done on the internet.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:54 | 4698883 TheReplacement
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Captain, we have ISPs attacking on the port bow. 

Launch the lawyers (kraken)!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:03 | 4698897 CPL
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Correct.  It should be unsurprising that someone is attempting to consolidate.  What would truely be surprising is if things were left alone, but that won't happen for the obvious reasons of fear, greed and anger.  But where it gets weirder, is when observing it from a completely different position (other than the overused and worthless 50000ft view) that the ISP's were always working for someone else other than their customer. 

They were all living on borrowed permission and only built it all for another organization to take from them..

Example:  A CEO of a teleco is worth no more than the janitor, just paid slightly more fiat that is rapidly losing value daily.  Eventually the CEO and the janitor will meet in the same building as equals.  The way it should be.  The CEO's job is no less important than the janitor because they are only replaceable cogs in another organization's machine.  They are minor to the macro, and like suckers at a carnival people gladly give it away then receive less than nothing for the effort.  Gets even weirder when someone tells them the nothing given is 'important' and people believe them.

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:20 | 4698940 madtechnician
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What if said CEO actually worked all his life , skipped college and built that Telco company from scratch ? And what if the Janitor built his cleaning business from scratch ? You think these two people are the same ? They would both have different strengths and weaknesses. If living under a communist dictatorship is what you want then fine , but to say that all work has the exact same value is Stalinist to say the least. Animal Farm buddy.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:36 | 4699086 TBT or not TBT
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It's Saturday. Let's start some shit!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:40 | 4698855 centerline
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Who would have expected anything different?  Come on man.  The writing is on the wall.  Shit, it's now bitch slapping everyone in broad daylight.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:49 | 4698864 Ignatius
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One wonders if/when we get to a point where the pretense of democracy is just plain dropped. 

"We're in charge so sit down and shut the fuck up."

I think it was Bresinsky who pointed out that it is now far easier to kill a million people than it is to control them.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:00 | 4698903 RafterManFMJ
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One wonders if/when we get to a point where the pretense of democracy is just plain dropped.

The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.
Frank Zappa

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:03 | 4698911 Ignatius
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The operative quote.  A big 10-4, RafterMan.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:58 | 4699018 Kirk2NCC1701
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"I knew you'd be surprised" - Zappa

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:09 | 4698924 phoolish
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That happened in 2000 when the supremes appointed the president.  Not that I'm cheerleading either contestant, just the extreme violation of the process.

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:30 | 4698960 Ignatius
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Or we could pick '63 when they blew the President's brains out in broad daylight, or '47 when they created the legally sanctioned and unaccountable national security state.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:59 | 4699270 TBT or not TBT
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By they, you mean the communist loser and former marksman trainee Oswald? Help us out here.

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 06:54 | 4700682 mvsjcl
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No need for down arrows, folks. This is obvious sarcasm.

 

 

 

Right?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:41 | 4698857 22winmag
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When most people think of bloated, unelected government jackboot agencies, they think of the EPA, BLM, IRS, ATF and so on.

 

The FCC may just take the cake when it comes to bloated, nanny-state agencies.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:43 | 4698860 Buckaroo Banzai
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I am Jack's total lack of surprise.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:58 | 4698893 A Lunatic
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I am the cracks that are beginning to surface in Jacks normally happy go lucky demeanor......

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 23:25 | 4700330 DeusHedge
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paranoia... na na na

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:44 | 4698862 Seasmoke
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Tyler,

can you tell me the secret password , for the ZeroHedge Underground Railroad 

Seasmoke

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:47 | 4698868 fonzannoon
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new england clam chowder

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 15:11 | 4699293 Bangin7GramRocks
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Is that the red or the white?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:47 | 4698869 FreeNewEnergy
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We're fucked.

The internet is the last frontier of free speech. Now, crony capitalists are about to kill it. This must be protested long and loudly.

I'm so sick of this shit.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:04 | 4698912 RafterManFMJ
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You worry too much. The feral gubberment will decree a patch of cyber space to be a 'first amendment zone' where you can register, be verified, then say whatever you want.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:21 | 4699186 sleigher
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Darknet FTW!  Or i2p for that matter.  What we need are an army of coders who believe in this shit work to make it better and safer/usable for the commoner on the internet.  Although I do hold hopes for meshnet et al.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 17:33 | 4699663 g'kar
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I am waiting for them to "require" an internet connection. If they do what you suggest, I would close my bank accounts, close my internet account and just go all cash (or more than I already do). They will require internet access to buy, sell or trade, have banking, retirement accounts etc....as a side note, www (yes, the internet prefix) in ancient hebrew = 6-6-6.

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 15:33 | 4699325 seek
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Actually if it gets shut down or censored, it triggers in-person networking. We saw similar events happen in the 60s and 70s.

My guess is they'll fuck with commercial interests (e.g. video distribution) but to close off the net, it turns watching dissidents from an easy electronic intelligence job into a very hard human intelligence job. Ergo, they'll likely not close things off unless it's a tactical thing mid-revolt.

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 03:23 | 4700577 The Blank Stare
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True. But if/when the SHTF, and people are using it to organize or spread the truth, the bastards will pull the string in the name of "national security"

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:47 | 4698870 intric8
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I am pooped out having to peruse every infringement and dilution of our basic rights by these asshats in power, but thats exactly how they structure shit these days. I'm taking a derp break and watching the kardashians.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:51 | 4698872 JustObserving
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I can expect that my Zero Hedge access will be 1000 times slower under the new regulation and Huffington Post, CNN and New York Times will be 1000 times faster.

Propaganda has its privileges – the truth has only enemies in a fascist, police state.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:56 | 4698889 Ignatius
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No constiuency for the truth, hence the term "truther" as pejorative.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:06 | 4698915 clymer
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has been a long time coming. How to stop it. How to stop it..

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:09 | 4699151 PacOps
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https://www.eff.org/action

EFF Action Alerts - easily sends email to your Reps & Senators. I know, almost a waste of time but its something vs nothing.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:51 | 4698877 novictim
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You can't make a man understand something when his salary depends on NOT understanding it.

But if you stick a gun in his face the man becomes a f'ing genius. 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:11 | 4699156 PacOps
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Vietnam era saying: "When ya got 'em by the balls, their hearts and minds follow."

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:55 | 4698887 headhunt
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Is anyone really shocked by this?

This Administration is all about control, the removal of real freedoms and most importantly, to them, the continued fascism and crony capitalism.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:01 | 4698908 JustObserving
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The only surprise is that it took so long for overt net censorship to come into play.  As Western propaganda loses its control on the world, they have to resort to extreme measures to maintain the false reality that masquerades as the truth in this world:

Towards the End of U.S. Propaganda


by Thierry Meyssan

The Anglo-Saxon Empire is based on a century of propaganda. It managed to convince us that the United States is "the land of the free" and that it engaged in wars to defend its ideals. But the current crisis over Ukraine has changed the rules of the game. Now Washington and its allies are not the only speakers. Their lies are openly challenged by the government and media of another major state, Russia. In the era of satellites and the Internet, Anglo-Saxon propaganda no longer works

http://www.voltairenet.org/article183337.html

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:12 | 4699159 TBT or not TBT
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Shiver me timbers, the Anglo Saxon hordes and their uncouth unjust......persistence! I fart in their general direction!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:56 | 4698890 Hilroy
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When Record Companies paid Radio Stations for preferential treatment it was called "Payola".

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 07:34 | 4706994 fallout11
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....and it was ruled illegal. My, how far we've fallen.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:58 | 4698894 madtechnician
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Namecoin , running over the Bitcoin network makes internet censorship impossible and irrelevant.

 

There , the Bitcoin protocol has fixed it for ya , it aint just money...

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:59 | 4698898 KickIce
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This isn't so bad, I mean aside from the Rothchilds and their agents, MIC and American aggression, The Constitution and rights violations, Fukushima, 911, Kennedy, political corruption, financial fraud, police brutality, government agency fascism, bailouts, government unions, TBTF and accounting gimics we'll be able to talk about anything we want.  Just remember Obama good and Vlad bad.

I mean I can still enjoy Coke and Doritos while watching ESPN, right?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:33 | 4698966 Kirk2NCC1701
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And don't forget FATCA, the IRS, the Fed, NSA, CIA or "Free Speech Zones". 

All of these were things that our ancestors and heros bled and died for.  Right?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:18 | 4699175 TBT or not TBT
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Lets not forget the proto fascist practices of the Wilson administration, and his war to end all wars. Remember all that? Well no, the abuse of that time, jailing people for opposing the administration in private, eugenics programs, etc, aren't even glossed over in our democrat union time server packed public schools. Not good for the narrarative. Like, which side of Jim Crow, segregation, and civil rights the Dems were on. Memory holed. Air brushed. Wrong side of history and all that.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:59 | 4698899 Motorhead
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Absolutely no surprise.  Welcome to Amerika.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:13 | 4698925 Dre4dwolf
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all this will do is leadthe charge for the creation of an encrypted dark web that almost everyone will be surfing instead of the legal standard.... way to criminalize the internet ...for profit   

 

what exactly was the problem with the internet that they had to do this? what problem was solved ?    .... all we have to do is code self patching nodes and create a subnet that works similar to the way the tor network works and it would essentially be an internet with no tracking, spying or censorship

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:20 | 4698943 ZeroPoint
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It's because they want to censor the internet, but it would be politically impossible. So now it will be killed off through fees.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:29 | 4699073 Totentänzerlied
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Who is this "we" that controls all of the physical cables-and-hardware infrastructure?

PS: Hardware manufacturers are bought and paid for as well.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:19 | 4698937 ZeroPoint
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If you didn't think 'the internet is over' before, this should finally wake people up. Count the days before ZeroHedge is cut off. They can't censor the internet directly, because it would be politically unpopular. So now it will be strangled to death with fees.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:22 | 4698941 smacker
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"...the FCC intends to allow ISPs to create a “fast lane” for internet content"

That is essentially my own understanding too. As this article says, content providers willing to pay will get access to the fast lane. those who cannot or will not pay, get dumped in the slow lane. And since the amount of bandwidth available at an ISP remains the same, the slow lane will be slower than it is now.

This probably means a lot of personal blogs, websites and fileservers etc will go off the air due to unacceptable performance.

Censorship in all but name.

The UK government's attempt at censorship has always looked to me like a conspiracy. I saw a woman claiming to be "looking out for kids" being interviewed on Sky News demanding that government introduce Internet filters to stop young kids accessing 'porn' and other 'inappropriate' sites. The Sky News propaganda news presenter could easily have told her to do two things: a) do not allow her kids to own an Internet-enabled smartphone and b) get her husband to use OpenDNS DNS servers at home which can easily be configured to block access to a wide range of sites, either specific domains or categories.

Easy peasy. And OpenDNS is FREE. Not 100% successful but as good as ISPs operating an "opt-in" policy.

The government may have put her up to this, to test the water on introducing Internet filters.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:32 | 4698951 madtechnician
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All that will happen is that the internet will be pushed into further de-centralisation. The web will be shredded and encrytpted without any central servers or backbone that can be shut down or censored. It has already began with Meshnet and Maidsafe , this is just the beginning of total internet decentralisation.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:41 | 4698984 smacker
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Except that most people access the Internet via an ISP. I don't see much decentralisation going on. Quite the opposite. ISPs are already going thru a consolidation process which is likely to continue until we end up with a large handful of big players. They will control access and apply the fast laneslow lane concept.

I'm not sure how encryption will affect Internet access and discrimination, although it might thwart the NSA but that's a different issue.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:47 | 4698999 madtechnician
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If your ISP does not know what traffic you have going to your connection they cannot block it. All they can do is completely switch off your internet connection. They would be out of business in no time. It won't be long before everything is encrypted on every TCP port making censorship impossible and irrelevant.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:07 | 4699031 smacker
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OK, you are referring to the censorship aspect of this debate.....

I believe you are being extremely optimistic regarding the timing of blanket encryption.

Whatever, your ISP doesn't have to know the content of your traffic to block it. They simply block access to domains which are known or believed to offer porn or other content deemed inappropriate by our Lords & Masters in government. This may be done via the DNS tables. Of course, as I alluded to earlier, it wouldn't be long before they blocked access to web blogs etc which carried dissenting content.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:23 | 4699052 madtechnician
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If your running fully encrypted data over your connection they have absolutely no way of telling where your packets are coming from or going to. All they can see is apparent random data going to a huge spread of multiple IP addresses located globally and random gibberish data on every TCP port , belonging not just to you but random encrypted data belonging to every other node that happens to be connected to your node. Check our MaidSafe and MeshNet to get an idea of what is on the horizon for the future of the internet.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:52 | 4699117 sleepingbeauty
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And all of these encrypted packets would fall into the slow lane. The whole point of the new FCC rules is that big companies will pay fees so that their traffic will get higher bandwidth. All other traffic (known or unknown) would get the left-over and would effectively be throttled.

 

Currently ISPs may throttle torrents and if you mask the type of traffic you don't get throttled. This new ruling effectively seeks to throttle everything but certain approved sources. Now if you could pretend that zerohedge data was from comcast it would get into the fast lane.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:10 | 4699140 madtechnician
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Actually it would be the centralised systems that would fall into the slow lane due to data bottleknecking , decentralised storage and processing systems operate at magnitudes higher network speeds , compare a RAID disk array to a single hard drive , now imagine all connected internet disk storage as a massive encrypted RAID array - spread out over the entire internet , eventually all the big companies will be opting for decentralised server systems , they won't actually have a choice they will be competitively forced into this. It has already started with Cloud Computing. This is just the first step prior to total cloud encryption.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:48 | 4699247 sleepingbeauty
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How is centralization related to charging big companies for high priority traffic?

 

Traffic is now shaped by port and type. So you can hide a torrent by changing the port or the type (by encrypting). If this legislation goes through, providers will be able to ensure no shaping of their traffic with fees.

 

I imagine that it will be classification of a new port. Port 80 would be regular traffic and would be throttled. Port 6881 (torrent) would be uber throttled. The new port would not be throttled.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 15:24 | 4699308 madtechnician
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Software can run any data over any port to any IP address. If some ports or IP addresses had a higher bandwidth or a higher speed priority then decentralised software would just switch to that port. And Torrent , like Bitcoin can in fact use any port , Ever heard of whack - a- mole ? The mole always wins , it's exactly the same with TCP/IP and encryption. The reason none of these laws ever go through and can actually work is because they can be made irrelevent through software coding. TCP/IP is incredibly resistant , the only real way to stop anything over TCP/IP is to physically cut the connection.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 07:52 | 4707008 fallout11
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The Great (Fire)wall of China is pretty effective at blocking "unapproved" traffic today, as is as the bluecoat proxy system used here at work. Both work via whitelists of approved IP address/sites....anything not on the list is blocked outright, as is traffic on all but "approved" ports. Imagine similar rolled out here, a great paywall of America, where anything not on the approved list and/or port is severely throttled for non-payola. Then it really doesnt matter how encrypted your traffic is or what ports you are using, you get the throttle by default unless you are on the "approved" (pay-per-view) lane.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:04 | 4699144 smacker
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I understand what you're saying.

I recall that BitMessage is possibly slated to replace SMTP at some time, but it's still deep in development. Internet II as it's sometimes dubbed is a long way off and who's to say the authors won't provide a backdoor for the NSA to walk thru?

Also read comments from 'sleepingbeauty'.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 15:17 | 4699300 Bangin7GramRocks
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So naive..

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:21 | 4698945 damicol
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Im not in the least surprised..

 I think this inevitably heading in the direction of  the Only content or websites being able to go online, including email servers, or  anything else and your access to the internet being licensed and having to submit about 1000 pages of documents before either can put up a website, (content approved) or access (license needed to show you are a fit and proper person to access unapproved content), Fit and proper person who have been vetted for public service security reasons.

Of course you still have time just now to  take photos of every filthy corrupt cunt there is and add the photos with names and addre2sses and where their kids go to school on websites like evil-list.com so that they can be hunted don and butchered as and when needed.

Of course you should also add any information you know that pertinent and update any errors that you see and ensure  you get every friend and neighbor not already in the NSA spy and ratting rings involved too.

 

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:25 | 4698950 novictim
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 All the FCC is doing is allowing the ISPs to do what ever they want.  Aren't you in favor of the Free Market?

You can always let the "Market" fix this, right?...you can switch to one of the thousands and thousands of other Cable/Internet companies you have to choose from---> /sarc.

If you are against the idea of regulators and regulation and are against "Big Givernment" then the FCC actions must bring a smile to your faces.  Let the winner take all!  This is 'mer'ca!

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Or maybe you are not an idiot?  Maybe you think that Government, when done well and monitored by an informed citizenry, can better our lives as individuals by regulating/stopping the oppression and total control the Corporations are gunning for?  Well, we have no such "informed citizenry" and the corporations are in the drivers seat because we dropped our guard.  We sang the praises of DEREGULATION and now we have lost our country.

The *Government - Industry* revolving door is destroying this land at every turn.  As a people, we have done nothing to address or stop it.  

If the FCC - Industry revolving door of corruption bothers you, then why aren't you working to stop it?

 

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 19:58 | 4702295 skipjack
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Your mistake is thinking this is "deregulation". If we had deregulation, why is there an FCC ? Utility commissions ?

 

Step back and look at the bigger picture. 

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:27 | 4704042 novictim
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Jack, your role on earth appears to be "The Wise Fool", the guy who thinks he knows some bigger truth but in actuality knows less that "the mean" and who is unread and ignorant

My role is that of the Greek Cassandra. To that end, Jack, let me try to drop bread crumbs so that you can crawl out of that howling wilderness your resident in.
The FCC has been UNDONE. It started out as a consumer watch dog looking out for the peoples interests but that was decades ago.
Wiki: "The FCC is directed by five commissioners appointed by the U.S. president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for five-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term. The president designates one of the commissioners to serve as chairman. Only three commissioners may be members of the same political party. None of them may have a financial interest in any FCC-related business"

The "big picture" is that the industry that can buy our President and Senators is the industry that can lobby for the placement of FCC members. So Comcast and TimeWarner now direct the policy of the country. The peoples interest is no longer relevant to the FCC except in the way it can cause bad Press and squeaks of criticism.

The FCC is just one of the many Government regulatory bodies that is hijacked by BIG MONEY. Industry now rewrites the good regulations of the past and , more importantly, controls the regulator through bribes and promised high-paying industry jobs down the line.

But, Jack, I know you won't read this.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:25 | 4698953 Smegley Wanxalot
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Those evvvvvvil Chinese block websites.  WE dont!

<cough>

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 23:27 | 4700332 DeusHedge
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upvote da da da

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:14 | 4698970 Emergency Ward
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Priggish Al Gore invented the internet and now he wants it back -- he'll take it by way of FCC cronyism.  He can bring back his prudish ex-wife to flag banned internet sites with "Tipper Sticker" emblems.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:43 | 4698990 Hilroy
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If you enter into a contract with an ISP for a certain bandwidth (ie 20mbps) - they will now be allowed to sabotage that bandwidth by re-selling it to Netflix et al.

The ISP will have to prove your slow internet connection isn't related to your neighbors Netflix subscription. Eventhough you and your neighbor are paying the same price for the same speed - your speed can be throttled down because he's a subscriber to Netflix. 

Very bizarre idea. What School of Business does this come from?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:47 | 4699000 headhunt
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That would be the 'Communist School of Business'

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:13 | 4699047 Hilroy
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lol "From each a subscription fee according to his ability - To each an internet speed according to his need"

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:45 | 4699095 Emergency Ward
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cute -- the commies ate my internet connection!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:46 | 4699082 Emergency Ward
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This is a bizarre situation.  I have a fast connection "50mbs" from large red, which is at least 10 times what you need to stream an HD signal [my devices do 720p].  I occasionally "test" the speed and I am getting what I pay for according to speed test results.  During a chat with a Netflix agent about my poor service quality and frequent rebuffering, I asked if my carrier was throttling down my Netflix feed because of recent disagreements over bandwith hogging.  She assured me that that was not the case and then suggested that I might have an internet connection or router problem.  Okay, I guess?!?  So now, Netflix will raise the monthly charge, pay off large red, my Netflix streaming will improve, and I will get lost connections when I try to post inane comments on low-priority sites like ZH.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:54 | 4699009 Peter Pan
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Don't worry what they might do with the internet. 

By now, after reading articles AND comments on sites like Zero Hedge I have developed an antena which can identify the BS spouted by the mainstream presstitutes.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:07 | 4699015 Chuck Knoblauch
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There is no going back to MSM.

The alternative has always been self-empowerment.

So, instead of posting on ZH, get outside and take a walk.

Get in shape for the revolution, because you know it's coming.

Keep your mouse finger frosty.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:22 | 4699189 Yen Cross
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 Already went for a walk to the beach my friend. It rained cats and dogs here last night, in So. Cal.

  I shared some time with my neighbors and checked my new pumpkin vines and fruit trees.

  Viva Z/H

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:00 | 4699023 1stepcloser
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Everyone should take a week off from using the internet and cell phones.  NSA would have no clue where anyone is or what they're doing..  

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:19 | 4699050 Emergency Ward
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There would be a lot of asshole puckering at the NSA and CIA headquarters, that's for sure.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:11 | 4699038 over45
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a presidential candidate that says they will block this will get a ton of votes...

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:56 | 4699124 LoneCapitalist
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Are you kidding? 95 percent of the people wouldn't even know what they were talking about. So they will vote for the favorite of the MSM.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:19 | 4699176 over45
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start playing with peoples internet access and everyone will notice.  craigslist and a few others shut down for half a day to get their point across - and it worked.  people know more about craigslist than they do their elected officals.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:31 | 4699478 11b40
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Which is why there won't be one.

Although, Obummer did run on protecting Net Neutrality, as noted in the post. These sleezebags in both parties are owned long before ever reaching a level allowing them a shot at becoming President.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:13 | 4699043 Lewshine
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I'm intenionally posting before reading the article, because I KNOW what "Net Neutrality" means when the US govt is behind the effort...READY?...WAIT FOR IT...

 

 

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:13 | 4699044 Stockmonger
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There is extraordinary ignorance over this issue.  The Internet already has quality-of-service protocols that favor, for example, IP phone calls over email delivery.  This is because phone calls have more strict latency requirements, whereas no one is bothered if an email is delayed by a quarter second in order to yield to a phone call.

As long as ISPs offer *non-discriminatory* common carrier service levels and pricing, none of the problems people are claiming exist, exist.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:37 | 4699074 Hilroy
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The problems obviously do exist - otherwise Netflix and others wouldn't be making a big deal about it.

Netflix is bothered by spinning cursors on customers screens while streaming a movie.

The other problem is going to be customers outside of the secret deals complaining of slow speeds and not getting what they're paying for.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:25 | 4699061 q99x2
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Because the globalists are shutting down the United States of America we are denied bandwidth like Hong Kong has so effectively we are already censored. There are some wireless projects circumventing bandwidth restrictions. Also the NSA places limits on the safety of the content you are allowed to transmit. Basically everything in the US that is proprietary information has been allowed to leave the country and only unsecure data is allowed on the US part of the internet.

They are FEDs. They are globalists. That's what globalists do.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:39 | 4699094 buzzsaw99
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If you want this year's homecoming parade in my town, you have to pay for it. [/Mayor Carmine De Pasto]

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:29 | 4699470 hardcleareye
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"We have an old saying in Delta House; don't get mad, get even."

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:54 | 4699099 Hilroy
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This is kinda like an auto maker building a car thats 20 ft wide then asking for a law that makes it legal to take up both ways of a street and stop traffic.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 13:57 | 4699127 Carl Popper
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Why should the average schmuck subsidize netflix and porn channels?

 

Make them pay for hogging all the bandwidth.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:03 | 4699141 Chuck Knoblauch
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Bandwidth hogging is a myth.

They are going to spend more money to slow it down.

They don't plan on increasing anything.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:29 | 4699204 Ignatius
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"They are going to spend more money to slow it down."

Otherwise known as 'The Gov. Christie Plan'.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:40 | 4699232 TBT or not TBT
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Wall to wall coverage of any dodgyness with an "R" attached. Front and center page one. D's don't get reported the same do they?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:14 | 4699421 Ignatius
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Political parties are inimical to democracy.

Let me guess, you believe there's a "liberal media"....

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:25 | 4699457 dizzyfingers
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Ignatius

Liberal: "believing that government should be active in supporting social and political change."

Yes, looks that way to me.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:37 | 4699222 sleigher
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Manufactured scarcity.  It is all a lie.  We could all have gig-e ethernet at our homes.  They couldn't stop the internet but they can damn sure try to slow it down and make people not want to use it.  The free flow of information is more deadly to the powers that be than a nuclear bomb.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 07:46 | 4707019 fallout11
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Americans already pay, on average, more per month for internet access than any other industrialized nation, on average $61 a month.  In return, we get speeds that would be shameful in Romania or Lithuania.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:00 | 4699133 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Those corporate vampires got us in a ...

Stranglehold!

Ted Nugent, love the man. Fuckoff Bloomberg.

 

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:10 | 4699154 sleigher
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The concept is simple.  Telephone companies had/have common carrier status.  They would have to carry calls for competing telehpone companies and could not discriminate. They could not charge end users more because a call from MCI or whoever.  This is what made the telephone system work.  Now think of that in terms of tcp/ip packets and bob's your uncle.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:35 | 4699217 Yen Cross
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  Where can I sign-up to be an Internet(content/bandwidth) reseller? 

This shit reminds me of the '90s when every Dik-Wad was selling long distance for discounted rates from the same assholes that provided it, by purchasing huge blocks of use upfront at discounted prices.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:40 | 4699229 sleigher
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They used to make the big telcos allow the smaller isp's to use their networks and that is why we had all those small isp's. Reselling bandwidth from the larger companies. Once they got rid of that rule all bets were off.  Consolidate the power in the hands of a few and then charge for access.  Where is that meshnet dammit!

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:48 | 4699243 Yen Cross
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 Absolutely correct. The little guys started to build their own networks/switches to cut out the competition. In the end they all got eaten buy/by the same entities that empowered them, for pennies on the dollar.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 15:35 | 4699327 Manipuflation
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Yesterday, I intitiated deletion of my Facebook account.  It takes 14 days to complete for some reason.  Like I might change my mind and go back?  No, I am done with it.  I never had much to say there anyway.

"Well,... bye".

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 19:34 | 4699895 Lin S
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I follow ZH and Planet Ponzi on Twitter.  Is it just as bad as fb..?

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:18 | 4699432 reTARD
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Fuck, government is an UNnecessary evil.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:23 | 4699445 dizzyfingers
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I call boycott. Stop buying online to protest, and let it be known.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:38 | 4699503 Last of the Mid...
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All content is neutral. For a few dollars more, your content can be a little more neutral. Somewhere someone siphoning a little (read a lot) of money into thier pocket. I think I just heart the massive gears of our economy grind  as the middle class just settled a tiny bit from this government/business backed bullshit. 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 22:16 | 4700230 A Dollar Short
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But, what if you are A Dollar Short?

Gears grind to a halt.  

No money for grease.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 16:47 | 4699534 dizzyfingers
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Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

   http://news.yahoo.com/putin-calls-internet-cia-project-191403683.html

 

 

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 18:17 | 4699767 TruthTalker
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Why are 300 million people allowing 1000 to decide the fate that we do not want - when will people have had enough?  We outnumber them and they can not survive without our taxes - perhaps we should either stop paying taxes or take to the streets -

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 18:22 | 4699776 TruthTalker
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Why are 300 million people allowing 1000 to decide the fate that we do not want - when will people have had enough?  We outnumber them and they can not survive without our taxes - perhaps we should either stop paying taxes or take to the streets -

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 08:03 | 4700744 nickt1y
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You first. Being in the vangaurd is dangerous ... in the belly of the bell curve not so much.

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 22:09 | 4700208 A Dollar Short
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Our last freedom...  

 

Boil the greedy bastards, keep the net FREE!

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 03:05 | 4700566 HEY YOU
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Do not click on any advertisements & do not purchase anything on the web. I would give it about a week and no one would be messing with the net.

When you get into somebody's wallet, you've got their attention.

Boycotts mean no revenue.

Forget it! I'm just going to comment on all web sites.

"Yeah,that ought to solve the problem."

I'm a genius.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!