Tag Archives: Net Neutrality

They keep using that phrase, "Net Neutrality." I do not think it means what they think it means.

by Thomas L Knapp

"If Verizon had reduced its speeds only for particular content — say, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video only got 10Mbs speeds while Bing, Gmail, and the Hamster Dance got 20Mbs speeds — well, that would be a violation of 'Net Neutrality.' But simply moving all data from all sources in the same way and presumptively at the same speeds is precisely what 'Net Neutrality' calls for. And if that means that someone streaming Rogue One in high definition gets a choppy picture? Well, that's how it goes …. suck it, 'Net Neutrality' megalomaniacs. You demanded it, you got it." (08/10/17)


Net Neutrality rollback is the real "right thing" for consumers

Jesse Hathaway

Source: Heartland Institute
by Jesse Hathaway

"FCC began work in May to undo net neutrality, putting consumers back in charge of how the internet — and the businesses responsible for building and maintaining the countless millions of internet connections and switches powering the web — should operate. In 2015, Wheeler used net-neutrality rules to gain regulatory control over the internet, putting five unelected government regulators between consumers and internet service providers." (08/01/17)


Big Content urges US to keep its "Net Neutrality" corporate welfare check coming

Source: Reuters

"A group representing major [bandwidth hogs] including Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday to abandon plans to reverse the landmark 2015 rules barring internet service providers from blocking or slowing consumer access to web content [editor's note — read: Making us pay for the bandwidth we use – TLK]. The Internet Association said in its filing with the FCC that dismantling the net neutrality rules 'will create significant uncertainty in the market and upset the careful balance that has led to the current virtuous circle of innovation in the broadband ecosystem.' [editor's note — read: Stop us from shifting our costs from our customers to everyone else's customers – TLK] The rollback will harm consumers, said the group, which also represents Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Microsoft Inc (MSFT.O), Netflix Inc (NFLX.O), Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and Snap Inc (SNAP.N)." (07/17/17)


Net Neutrality

Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

"What is Net Neutrality? A buzzword with decreasing value with every passing day. It stands alongside 'fascist' and 'patriotism' in the category of 'words carefully selected and abused to advocate random things and make them sound like something else.' It’s a common tactic used to make a bad thing seem positive, like we saw with 'The Patriot Act.' This isn’t to say that everyone who supports Net Neutrality is trying to pull a fast one. However, it does mean that the term is almost impossible to peg down." (07/14/17)


A reminder: "Net Neutrality" is also an Internet censorship Enabling Act

by Thomas L Knapp

"The main — and quite sound — argument against Net Neutrality is that it is a subsidy to Big Content at the expense of ISP customers. That is, Netflix and Amazon and Google don't want to pay the costs of building and maintaining fatter pipes to carry their high-bandwidth content (e.g. streaming high-definition video). Rather than be the ones hiking subscription fees or advertising rates for their customers, they prefer to let the ISPs be the bad guys who have to put bandwidth limits on customers to reduce net congestion, and jack up the monthly ISP bill for the little old lady who checks her email twice a day and looks at some pictures of cats to cover the costs of building and maintaining the pipes for the binge-streamers. But there's another big problem with the 'Net Neutrality' rule."


Amazon, Netflix plan to screw their customers in part of protest to keep their "Net Neutrality" corporate welfare bennies

Source: Sky News [UK]

"Some of the world's largest internet companies are preparing to throttle their own websites in a day of protest against the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The 170 organisations involved — including Amazon, Reddit and Netflix — are preparing to choke their own services on Wednesday 12 July as a warning against FCC proposals for deregulating how internet service providers (ISPs) treat customers." (07/11/17)


Bandwidth welfare queens to join pro-Net Neutrality day of protest

Source: TechCrunch

"A day of protest over the FCC’s controversial proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules is been planned for July 12, with supporters of the online action including the likes of Amazon, Etsy, Github, Kickstarter, Reddit and Y Combinator. The protest website lists more than 60 participants who are planning to join in the day of action next month, and is soliciting more signs up. The action is being organized by three online rights organizations, Fight for the Future, freepress and Demand Progress — some of which were also involved in the 2012 online protests against the SOPA and PIPA bills." [editor's note: Sad to see usually pro-Internet-freedom groups like FFTF et al. still supporting the big government anti-freedom corporate welfare "Net Neutrality" scam – TLK] (06/07/17)


An argument against Net Neutrality

Source: Notes on Liberty
by Rick Weber

"First off, Comcast sucks. Seriously, screw those guys. But let’s assume a can opener and see if that doesn’t help us find a deeper root problem. The can opener is competition in the ISP network. Let’s consider how the issue of Net Neutrality (NN) would play out in a world where your choice of ISP looked more like your choice of grocery store." (05/29/17)


The Net Neutrality debate in a phrase: Net Neutrality good, Title II bad

Source: The Heartland Institute
by Bartlett Cleland

"Net neutrality, once a concept only discussed in arcane telecommunications legal policy settings has become a quite popular topic. Network neutrality is the notion of an 'open internet,' defined by the FCC as allowing '… consumers can go where they want, when they want.' To go a little deeper, one Democrat and then two successive Republican FCC chairmen outlined and ultimately published a 'policy statement' that brought definition to the idea with four principles that should be preserved by the broadband industry. And for well over a decade these bi-partisan principles were followed. The goal of more broadband, more places, more often, and for more people was being met. The light touch regulatory model powered by a free market was the grounding for that success. No other model conceived even comes close to seeing the level of consumer freedom flourish alongside consumer choice. But, unfortunately, for a wild-eyed minority of big government activists that was never the true goal. Instead they were on a quest to force a different, less effective, more consumer restrictive, intellectual experiment." (05/21/17)


FCC won't publish evidence of alleged DDoS attack

Source: ZDNet

"The FCC will not publish evidence of an alleged distributed denial-of-service attack, which critics say prevented a flood of people from leaving messages on the agency's support of net neutrality. Call for the release of the agency's log files came after security experts and pro-net neutrality groups disputed the agency's claims that someone attempted to 'bombard the FCC's comment system with a high amount of traffic' in the hours after the John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' show, which rallied viewers to leave feedback in favor of net neutrality rules, which the FCC currently wants to roll back." (05/21/17)