Do not change the Net Neutrality Act. 100% No, to tiered access.
Access should remain the same for all users. Me, you, Google, Netflix, Youtube, anyone... everyone.
IToday, US citizen's first amendment rights are under assault in a Washington courthouse by large corporations who want to censor the Internet, control content and reserve access to Internet services and content for only the wealthy.
Internet Service Providers must not be allowed to be either content creators, providers, curators, editors, gate keepers, or in any way influence customer access to Internet services and content. Under law, corporations who operate as ISPs should be barred from any activity other than to deliver quality access to the Internet and improve Internet Infrastructure. ISPs should be required to make sure that their actions promote affordable, universal, state of the art access to the Internet, giving priority to citizens who are human beings, not corporations. ISPs should be required to support local government and community initiatives to provide free and open Internet access, promote competition, and should be heavily penalized for colluding with other corporations to stifle innovation through creation and maintanence of monopolies, bloating the costs of Internet access, neglecting needed improvements and maintenance of delivery infrastructure.
I wounder how many of you idiot's will be in favor of "net neutrality" when your internet speeds drop in half and your rates double this is just a perfect example on how the government getting involved in things just messes them up
more. I say to the FCC if this is "in the publics best interests" release this document for everyone to read and put it up for vote. If the fact that they insist on hiding what they are doing dosnt raise red flags then you people are dumber than I thought.
Steven Staples commented
Yes, we want access to remain the same for all, including the speed at which that access works. I do not know why no one at the FCC is not twisting the arms of telcos and cable companies to push their services out into under and non served areas. Too many people in rural and low income areas have little to no access to broadband of any kind. What is the FCC doing? Are there any plans to verify the high speed access AT&T (I mean SBC) promised when they swallowed up BellSouth? Is an eyebrow even being raised at AT&T turning up faster and faster services in the same areas over and over again while spending exactly $0 in the rural and low income areas that pay as much or more for speeds 1/10 to 1/1000 of other areas? Where is the neutrality? Where is the level playing field?
I agree that the internet which was thankfully given to us by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, should be kept to the public so letting cable companies give access or charge or deny for that matter, freedom we were already given is not right. I am barely starting to figure out who I am and I do not want my access to the world being censored. I want to feed myself good information about what goes on around me and what's actually happening or happened. Enough of letting money and power merge because when money falls into the wrong hands, we will be sorry money ever mixed in with power in the first place. Our society is already brain washed through these media cooperation's, do we really need it happening to our only hope for seeing beyond the ideas of only a small number of people. Please do not change the Net Neutrality Act for the sake of what belongs to the people.
I think the biggest problem I have with this piece legislation is that it regulated by affiliates of Comcast . this could appear to have a conflict of interest with the decision . such as similar cases with Bank of America and the financial division being regulated by one of its former members before the crash.
So where exactly do I go to show my support for a free internet that complete douche bags don't control? I personally am getting tired of greedy corporations trying to control our last free bastion and think that hackers need to go in and destroy all of their important files and ruin them.
As I understand the proposed changes, it would make the 'playing field' un-level, intentionally.
Many American companies began as "start-ups"--the proposed changes would hinder progress.
Why would we do this ? Have the current "deciders" been offered lucrative employment by the few companies that would benefit ?
Georgia Hale commented
After moving to a rural area, I can only say that access is even harder than ever to the internet. We have a long way to go and tiering access will only make us user that are (only 15 min) out of a large metropolitan area harder. LImiting our views, slowing our speeds will place the media in the hands of a few monopolies. ATT is a good example, they no longer want to sell residential and if you are living in one of their areas (I am) you can quickly tell that this statement is true. What will be the insentive to develop in small towns? Nothing if net neutrality is allowed to move forward, the elderly, the disadvantaged, rural, and consumers of all types will suffer.
Judith Kaiser commented
Six people own the media in our country. The news is manipulated to give people only a certain type of information. i.e.: Clear Channel owns every radio station that broadcasts in the mid-west. Broadcasters who want to get out from under this domination pay companies on the East Coast to have the right to "free speech". Clear Channel fires anyone who says something they don't like. It is frightening how much control "the wealthy" have over what the populace hears. Now the internet is being taken over in the same way so the wealthy have control over the information that is available. The poor only getting a very filtered version of facts and the wealthy getting fast track information which is completely different. I think the FCC needs to do a better job protecting the truth and make sure all the people get the facts. You can start with Fox News!
The vast majority won't even find the time to read or comprehend these things. When they are too focused on the means to pay to maintain the services for their standard of living. With so much information out there whatever time slotted for thought is squandered and limited. This dilutes the message, as well the means to address it. We get so caught up feeding the machine that we become it. With no legitimate thought to add to it's improvement.
Yes the silent majority are going to be busy or entertained with other things. Getting the attention of these people who very well should have something to say, is the step that no one even starts to address.