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Net Neutrality still in danger

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    SOPA and PIPA are dead but Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner are still trying to shake down internet users, i.e. everyone. John Oliver, on his new show did an awesome comedic breakdown of what is going down. Here and here are couple blogs that outline what net neutrality is and why it matters.

    Preserving net neutrality is insanely important. I have yet to hear one valid counterpoint on the topic. It sounds cliche, but please contact your congressmen and the FCC.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Comcast owns the FCC and Obama. They can and will do everything they wish to do and get away with it.
  • Center Left
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    Watched that Last Week Tonight episode a few hours ago. Was really good; I think it's the show's best yet. The net neutrality part was the best part too. It's pretty rare to see roughly 14 minutes of uninterrupted air time given to one topic. Even if it is based in comedy, its refreshing and it was informative.

    Oliver is right. The subject is so boring to hear about that a majority of people, especially those less tech savvy among us, turn away quickly from the conversation. But the window is still open to talk to the FCC. As John Oliver exclaimed, "Seize your moments my lovely trolls, turn on CAPS LOCK and fly my pretty's! Fly!" That comment was intended to get all the internet commenters (youtube trolls) to comment on the FCC's .gov page, giving their opinion on the the internet fast lane provisions that the FCC is proposing.

    We were given a 120 day window to have an "open discussion" with the FCC on this; they specifically said they want everyone's opinion on this. That window is still very much open. So, Oliver implored the public to do so. So do I. I recommend anyone reading this forum to go to the below link and let the FCC know what you think on the new proposals. If you read both the blogs Zach mentioned, it should give you a solid idea of the history of the FCC, Internet Neutrality, and the newly proposed changes that threaten the freedom of equal data transfer on the internet. OR just google search the topic. Plenty of info out there, either way. Here's the FCC link:

    fcc.gov/comments


    Here's the Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver clip:

  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    IF that fcc.gov/comments gives you any issue, try this one instead: http://www.fcc.gov/page/fcc-establishes-new-inbox-open-internet-comments
  • Center Left
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    Phone number: 1-888-225-5322
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Net neutrality advocates now have a big name on their side. This is a pretty big deal and hopefully it'll force the FCC into action. We can also thank John Oliver for shining a light on this topic. As the President said, over four million Americans signed a petition to keep the internet open. It sounds like President Obama heard them loud and clear. Let's hope the FCC does now, as well.
  • Center Left
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    Zach F Wrote: Phone number: 1-888-225-5322
    This number doesn't give you the option to just complain or state an opinion. The options are limited. they suggest that you contact
    (Somebody else may want to call to verify the below address.)
    openinternetfcc.gov

    Just watched the John Oliver video..... It was fabulous ! I'm going to send a link to my friends and family.
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    My son in law advises that the number of replies were enough to crash their web site. About 4 million + replies. POTUS realized this was a big deal and he pledged his support of Net Neutrality today. He has asked the FCC to classify ISP's as "Title 2" which would subject ISP's to utility regulations like water and electric. The FCC is an independent group so POTUS can't tell them what to do. Even if the FCC classifies ISP's (Internet service providers) as "Title 2" it could ultimately be overturned by the Senate who (repubs) don't like govt. regulations against businesses.

    A funny "Letter to Ted Cruz" about Net Neutrality is in the below link. Check it out.

    http://www.theoatmeal.com/blog/net_neutrality