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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 8:27PM (Unverified) said

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The U.S. has always been annoyed that it can't technically 'own' the internet - this is just a workaround way for it to do so, and although the U.S. is involved, this is a world-wide problem and, as a vast majority of the world does not have free speech, that 'right' has no application here. It is an issue of control over something that is for the most part, without law or restriction, and I find it quite offensive that one country's government feels it has the right to take control of something as vital as this over every other country in the world. I wholeheartedly hope this does not go ahead.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 8:57PM (Unverified) said

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It's not a matter of the American government wanting to control the internet, but rather its corporations wanting to. In fact, the FCC was on the side of net neutrality to prevent companies from restricting usage. The real problem comes from buyable politicians and judges who willingly sell out without conscience.
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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 11:11PM Saker said

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Agree with oozaru2 100%

This is just more of the same laissez-faire American style capitalism, diseased out-of-control rampant corporate greed. The government is actually trying to do the right thing and protect the people from the corporate scum for a change. At least until the "right" people (and I mean that in more then 1 sense) get their "contributions".
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Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 8:29AM Ocho said

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I agree with the two above me. The initial backlash against net neutrality came from the GOP side demanding that the government was trying to get more control, and they should let the businesses handle it. In this case, its better FOR the government to have more control so we DON'T see the corporations run rampant with restrictions. The government understands the right to free speech and blocking of the internet for reasons outside of national security would be against the constitution (see for an example of restrictions: China). Corporations, though, don't have to abide by the bill of rights... just their own wallets.
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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:06PM oxlar said

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Good. Die in a fire. Hopefully this governmental overreach will never be revived.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:10PM Enikuo said

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The "U.S." is not an entity with feelings. It doesn't get annoyed. That's silly and paranoid. The U.S. government has every right to regulate companies within its own borders, including ISPs, just like every other sovereign nation on Earth.

That's not to say it wouldn't be appropriate and good for there to be an international agreement regarding net neutrality. But, it's ridiculous to say that the U.S. is trying to control the entire internet.

Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 1:14AM aurickle said

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Read the Constitution. The U.S. government does not have authority to tell private business what to do or what not to do. The only thing that comes close is the Commerce Clause, but the purpose of that clause was to prevent the federal government or the states from establishing laws that would interfere with commerce between the states.
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Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 10:29AM Enikuo said

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That's just libertarian nonsense. Go argue with the lawyers at the FCC, EPA, and FTC. I'm sure they could enlighten you on the legality of their existence and their role regulating businesses.
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Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 10:43AM (Unverified) said

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Dude, the FCC has already argued the case. THEY LOST! Doesn't the fact that they are so hell bent on controlling the internet scare you just a little bit? These are the people who fined American Dad, Janet Jackson on the "wardrobe malfunction" as well as other things. Free Speech isn't one of the FCC's highest priorities.
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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:12PM Wisdomandlore said

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Net Neutrality gives the US Government the right to stop corporations from messing with the Internet. It does not give the government control over the internet. Basically it says no one has the right to regulate the internet, and gives the government the authority to enforce that.

As gamers this is VERY important. Otherwise you will be paying through the roof once monthly data caps are put in place. There would also be nothing stopping, let's say, Activision from making a decision with say, Comcast, where Comcast could limit, or even block, the bandwidth of MMOs that aren't WoW, or shooters that aren't CoD/MW. If you want to play games that aren't those, then tough luck.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:17PM Nickelpat said

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I have already sent 2 letters to each of my states senators and Representatives. One senator emailed back with a pretty cut/paste with a little personally written paragraph, the other senator also sent an email but it was very long and personally written. Then the Rep sent me a hand signed letter in the mail.

Lesson here is, contact your Reps and Senators! They do listen! By the way, the ones who sent me correspondence back, were all on our side of free information! Granted one had an undertone of doubt.

This: http://www.savetheinternet.com/ : is a wonderful resource. It send very prompt emails on any development and has some great forms for sending mails to your state reps and senators easily. That's how I contacted mine.

Thank You,


- Eric M.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 10:08PM Eamil said

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It's worth noting that most of them tend to take more notice of handwritten letters than typed and printed letters, and even less notice of emails. That's not to say they dismiss emails entirely or anything like that, just that they figure if someone took the time to hand-write a letter then it must be a big freaking deal to them.
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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 11:18PM Nickelpat said

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You know... I never thought about that. I guess I'll be sending out some hand written letters a bit later.
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Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 1:04PM Enikuo said

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Great post Nickepat! Thanks for reminding us to get involved.
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Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 12:02AM (Unverified) said

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I've been following the net neutrality debate for quite awhile. I have to say that it doesn't look good, but it's probably one of the most important issues currently affecting me as how this goes could potentially affect everything in my life down to how I make money and where I go for entertainment.

I don't expect even if net neutrality is stopped that the big companies will do silly things like a internet package for only x websites. However, I do fully expect them to do things like block out sites that they don't like and smack anyone trying to torrent and such.

I also expect them one day to institute real bandwidth caps eventually. The first wave there'll probably still be an unlimited bandwidth package available. Eventually they'll probably phase that out, and you'll see something attrociously similar to current cell phone data plans where you pay $50 a month for 5 gb of data, and 5 cents for every megabyte after that.

It'll be a sad day if there's no competitors I can jump to.

Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 12:30AM Shadanwolf said

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BO wants to control the internet and what you can read and write there.A power grab just like the Banks, health care,General Motors,cap and trade,protection of illegals in the USA etc etc.

Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 12:35AM Lateris said

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Thank you for covering this story.

Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 1:14AM oxlar said

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Lets regulate!!!1 Because the sky is falling!!!111 Here it comes!!!!! Watch out!!!! The Big evil capitalist corps are going to cap your internet to 56kbs. Because they don't want to make money you see. They would rather lower technology and capability than increase to gain more customers and money.


Come on people, use some common sense. Never before in the history of the internet have we had such freedom and power as we do now. I've had great service and capability from all my past ISPs (relative to the technology at the time). I have never experienced my ISP intentionally keeping me away from websites. Why don't we wait and see if the big ole meanie corps are going to strangle the customers before we let the govt go in and take away their control to run their own businesses? If it comes to pass and the sky starts fall, then fine step in and fix the problem. But its absolute insanity to give the govt control of any industry on the premise that they 'might' not run their business the way we want them too. What are we? China?

Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 1:50AM (Unverified) said

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I guess the new cap AT&T put on their bandwidth escaped your attention? But don't worry, it won't affect "average" users, just those who like to watch streaming movies from Netflix, who use torrent, or who like to download their games, etc. IE, your average gamer.

You're right in that the future user will eventually catch up to the data usage that a lot of gamers and heavier users go through today, but it will come at a pretty steep price. You can count on that.
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Posted: Jun 23rd 2010 2:11AM NeverDeath said

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How can people be so ignorant to think that this is about Capitalism?

It's about socialism; you know, that only-works-for-small-countries-where-at-all and one-step-away-from-being-overtaken-by-a-dictatorship style of "government" wherein we are all equal - equally worthless and expendable of course.

If anyone is able to control the future of the internet, it is only a matter of time before that power (as with every power) is passed into Government hands. At that point, we'll live to see another of our cardinal "freedoms" bite the dust to yet another of the endless hypocrisies toted by the self-righteous pseudo-intellectual of today. These people who are always so sensitive to every special group and their special needs, abolishing the freedoms of the whole to favor the freedoms of the individual whilst pathetically unaware of how perversely ironic and self-defeating their "cause" has thus become.

I'd be outraged, if I wasn't already outraged from the many other freedoms of the American people being snuffed out one by one. So I am whatever outraged+outraged to the twelfth power would be. Hopefully the American people wake up and realize that the Government's power is for the people, and granted by the people without which they would have no power at all. Hopefully, a number of the turns on what is becoming a downward spiral into socialism which the government has recently made can be reversed before they pervert and corrupt the constitution our country was founded on in the first place.

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