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FCC Tweaks Net Neutrality Proposal
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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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5/12/2014 | 3:57:58 PM
Netflix example
The FCC's proposed tweak leaves a lot of wiggle room, as your Netflix example shows, Tom. Readers, does this tweak change your opinion on the competitive outlook?
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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5/12/2014 | 4:03:05 PM
Re: Netflix example
I think Mozilla's proposal would be a good start. We may be stuck with some form of paid prioritization because networking arrangements are not as simple as the debate suggests. If only network owners were banned from being in the content business.
tynkyr_belle
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tynkyr_belle,
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5/12/2014 | 4:06:37 PM
Re: Netflix example
If only people weren't such greedy bastards...
Horrified
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Horrified,
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5/12/2014 | 4:18:27 PM
Re: Netflix example
This tweak changes nothing. We seem to have collectively forgotten, or at least the FCC has forgotten, that ISPs are using OUR public land for their rights-of-way, OUR telephone poles for their lines, and OUR grant of monopoly access, conferred by US, COLLECTIVELY. Now they want to use all this FREE STUFF to charge us (indirectly) for delivering the very service that we subsidized them to build out.

It is a colossal failure of government, akin to recreating the AT&T monopoloy of yesteryear. I remember crappy long distance phone service and the wagonloads of money we pumped into AT&T's coffers; the FCC seems to have forgotten.

 
JeffL817
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JeffL817,
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5/12/2014 | 4:47:24 PM
Wheeler Misleads the Public
No surprises here. Wheeler is making a feeble attempt to disguise his efforts to put an end to Net Neutrality. He is even more devious than was first apparent. Shameful behavior for a so-called servant of the people. He is still nothing but a shill for the big ISPs. How stupid does he think we are?
WKash
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WKash,
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5/12/2014 | 4:48:46 PM
Re: Netflix example
Interesting to see the backlash -- and virtual protests -- taking shape from bloggers like this one from NeoCities...

https://neocities.org/blog/the-fcc-is-now-rate-limited

...who offers code that promises to "throttle all connections from the FCC to 28.8kbps modem speeds on the Neocities.org front site. --  and I'm not removing it until the FCC pays us for the bandwidth they've been wasting instead of doing their jobs protecting us from (what he calls) the "keep America's internet slow and expensive forever" lobby.
dplocke
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dplocke,
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5/12/2014 | 5:03:18 PM
Best New Internet Speed/Net Neutrality Plan For Everyone!!!
Under my plan, no one is faster than anyone else.  There could be some sites, however, that might be slower than everyone else though. What that means is small or new users, which use negligible bandwidth would automatically be the fastest tier.  If particular throughput thresholds are hit by other sites then they would be slowed down by a predetermined factor. To get back to the fastest tier, they would have to pay a predetermined amount.  In this way the small entrepreneur would always be safeguarded and have the fastest speeds and those that "abuse" the bandwidth would have to pay to get back to speed.  This would seem to protect new ventures and have the big boys pay their fair share to make the internet operate as smoothly as possible without the whole burden being on Network providers. The beauty of this plan is that you can't pay to be faster than anyone else.  That's where the greed and corruption come in.......

 
melgross
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melgross,
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5/12/2014 | 7:39:04 PM
Re: Netflix example
Not really. It will result in similar conditions in the end. We need, in this country, to decide what Internet piles are. Are they airwaves that must be open to all, or are they simply owned by the companies who lay them down? In France, a law was recently passed that for it's exactly what wheeler wants to do here. Good for them! Wheeler is operating much more like a conservitive appointee than a liberal one. It's time the Lresident gets involved in this and shuts it down.
majenkins
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majenkins,
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5/13/2014 | 10:06:12 AM
hamper investment and stifle innovation
Every time anyone suggests doing anything some company doesn't like their response is always this will "hamper investment and stifle innovation". Well if that were truly the case then by now there would be no investment or innovation left in this country. Gosh I get tired of the same old buzzword excuses. Personally I donít know which side of this is right and I suspect in the end whichever way it goes all of the people will continue to get their video and other content because all of the companies will continue to invest and innovate, at least to the extent that they really invest and innovate today as opposed to just paying big bonuses to their executives.
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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5/13/2014 | 10:42:22 AM
Meet the new Proposal
Same as the old Proposal?

Sounds like it to me.
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