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Touzoku-joou
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard mention of the Net Neutrality issue, but I never really paid any attention to it. Didn't know what it was; didn't care. But then I noticed a lot of people on a lot of websites I visit were discussing it, so I decided to do a little bit of research on the subject, and I really wish I had cared sooner.

Basically, Network Neutrality is the principle that all websites, big and small, from large corporations to personal websites, are equal on the Internet, and that anyone will be able to view them. This is the way the Internet is, has been, and should always be. Everybody can have their little slice of the Internet, and can use it to sell homemade plushes, to share their artwork, to make fansites, or even just post funny things they heard that day and want to share.

However, there is now a Bill regarding a re-make of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, this time to include the Internet. What this will do is completely disregard the concept of Net Neutrality and allow major corporations such as Cox and other Internet providers to decide what types of sites will load the fastest for you, or even if they'll work at all.

Quoted from savetheinternet.com:

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Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment -- a principle called "Network neutrality" that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -- based on what site pays them the most. Your local library shouldnt have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web site open quickly on your computer.


So, if ye FAC loyalists ever want to see it grow, this affects you.

Sources and sites:

SaveTheInternet.Com

PCMag.Com's Article

B&C Article

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so "Save the internet" is more like "Prevent the big companies from internet domination".


not even "Draft Al Gore 2008"


that's rather disappointing.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A question.
Since the internet is a World Wide Web, how can United State's government push a law that actually affects the whole world? What would happen with other countries and their respective companies?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

American Internet providers. You could move to, say, Australia and you won't experience the problem. However, non-corporate, overseas online stores would still lose a lot of business due to lack of American customers, so it will still affect a lot of non-Americans.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there is no way they could control the internet, but if they attempt we could find ourselves fighting a fierce battle simply to see what we want when we want. The internet is the last place were we stand free and uncenssored, free(for the most part) of corporate control. We have to keep it this way!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

uriel wrote:
The internet is the last place were we stand free and uncenssored,


This statement is false. It's not like that at all - some countries are censored by their government; if there's any wind of anything they don't like, the government shuts down the site. Likewise, NA is not uncensored either - there's a large number of server out there which refuse to provide webspace to you, even if you're paying for it - if you have some form of pornography. This also includes paypal, which refuses to let you set up a donations account for a website if you have any pornographic content.

Sure, it's porn, and I'm sure a lot of people can see why that's censored. But it doesn't change the fact that is still is.

Furthermore, if the government wants to control the internet, it can. Like I said earlier, many countries are already policed by their government.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point, but there are still people who get around the monitoring. I mean, you can't really make everyone follow ther rules, just like with everything else.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only people who can get around "the rules" are people who are high tech users with an extremely large knowledge of computers. Most of the people on the internet do not fall into that category, and that's part of the point of the Net Neutrality issue.

Futhermore, I think you're somewhat missing the point. The amendment is supposed to give power to corporate companies who then get to decide which sites will load fastest for its customers, if at all. If you have internet, you're automatically bound by whatever your isp decides.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I got a bit off-topic there, but I see what you are saying, and you got a right!
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