Defend the net today; day of action.

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  1. Admin

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    As you know, the effort to remove protections from the internet in the US is almost certain. They aim to make the internet a paid tier, ISP controlled, ISP products monopoly.

    In the past, they have tried to force consumers to their own inferior products by throttling or blocking competing products; facetime, video streaming, and instant payment systems. They have even blocked web sites run by their own employees during labor disputes.

    I ask that you make your voice heard in opposition to this blatant attempt to turn the US internet
    into a tiered, bundled, spied upon product.

    https://dearfcc.org
     
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  2. Admin

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    Examples of ISP companies overstepping the boundaries from service to monopoly:

    MADISON RIVER: In 2005, North Carolina ISP Madison River Communications blocked the voice-over-internet protocol (VOIP) service Vonage. Vonage filed a complaint with the FCC after receiving a slew of customer complaints. The FCC stepped in to sanction Madison River and prevent further blocking, but it lacks the authority to stop this kind of abuse today.

    COMCAST: In 2005, the nation’s largest ISP, Comcast, began secretly blocking peer-to-peer technologies that its customers were using over its network. Users of services like BitTorrent and Gnutella were unable to connect to these services. 2007 investigations from the Associated Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others confirmed that Comcast was indeed blocking or slowing file-sharing applications without disclosing this fact to its customers.

    TELUS: In 2005, Canada’s second-largest telecommunications company, Telus, began blocking access to a server that hosted a website supporting a labor strike against the company. Researchers at Harvard and the University of Toronto found that this action resulted in Telus blocking an additional 766 unrelated sites.

    AT&T: From 2007–2009, AT&T forced Apple to block Skype and other competing VOIP phone services on the iPhone. The wireless provider wanted to prevent iPhone users from using any application that would allow them to make calls on such “over-the-top” voice services. The Google Voice app received similar treatment from carriers like AT&T when it came on the scene in 2009.

    WINDSTREAM: In 2010, Windstream Communications, a DSL provider with more than 1 million customers at the time, copped to hijacking user-search queries made using the Google toolbar within Firefox. Users who believed they had set the browser to the search engine of their choice were redirected to Windstream’s own search portal and results.

    MetroPCS: In 2011, MetroPCS, at the time one of the top-five U.S. wireless carriers, announced plans to block streaming video over its 4G network from all sources except YouTube. MetroPCS then threw its weight behind Verizon’s court challenge against the FCC’s 2010 open internet ruling, hoping that rejection of the agency’s authority would allow the company to continue its anti-consumer practices.

    PAXFIRE: In 2011, the Electronic Frontier Foundation found that several small ISPs were redirecting search queries via the vendor Paxfire. The ISPs identified in the initial Electronic Frontier Foundation report included Cavalier, Cogent, Frontier, Fuse, DirecPC, RCN and Wide Open West. Paxfire would intercept a person’s search request at Bing and Yahoo and redirect it to another page. By skipping over the search service’s results, the participating ISPs would collect referral fees for delivering users to select websites.

    AT&T, SPRINT and VERIZON: From 2011–2013, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon blocked Google Wallet, a mobile-payment system that competed with a similar service called Isis, which all three companies had a stake in developing.

    EUROPE: A 2012 report from the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications found that violations of Net Neutrality affected at least one in five users in Europe. The report found that blocked or slowed connections to services like VOIP, peer-to-peer technologies, gaming applications and email were commonplace.

    VERIZON: In 2012, the FCC caught Verizon Wireless blocking people from using tethering applications on their phones. Verizon had asked Google to remove 11 free tethering applications from the Android marketplace. These applications allowed users to circumvent Verizon’s $20 tethering fee and turn their smartphones into Wi-Fi hot spots. By blocking those applications, Verizon violated a Net Neutrality pledge it made to the FCC as a condition of the 2008 airwaves auction.

    AT&T: In 2012, AT&T announced that it would disable the FaceTime video-calling app on its customers’ iPhones unless they subscribed to a more expensive text-and-voice plan. AT&T had one goal in mind: separating customers from more of their money by blocking alternatives to AT&T’s own products.

    VERIZON: During oral arguments in Verizon v. FCC in 2013, judges asked whether the phone giant would favor some preferred services, content or sites over others if the court overruled the agency’s existing open internet rules. Verizon counsel Helgi Walker had this to say: “I’m authorized to state from my client today that but for these rules we would be exploring those types of arrangements.” Walker’s admission might have gone unnoticed had she not repeated it on at least five separate occasions during arguments.

    Unless you want to be paying extra per month for "Gamer package" on top of your already existing ISP bill, you need to act.
     
  3. karsten

    karsten Member of The Cult Of Kefka Staff Member

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    It's a sad state of things for the states... here in Italy and Europe we still look like a new green field and I presume some people will start to move their domains here if things go awry.
     
  4. Topsnek

    Topsnek Snack Eater

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    You can also try https://www.battleforthenet.com/
    Things that might help would be to send an email to state representatives and trying to send to congress.
     
  5. PixelButts

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    I often wonder why this even has to happen in the first place.
    The net is to be open to everyone, equally.
     
  6. StriderVM

    StriderVM Robust Member

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    Please don't be like the Philippines.

    We basically don't have Net Neutrality here in the Philippines and the end result is we have one of the slowest and dumbest internet setup here.
    One of the biggest ISPs here, PLDT does not want to connect to the local Internet Exchange because they think they are the backbone of Philippine internet, as a result, if you're from a competing ISP and you wanna connect to a local MMORPG server that's connected to PLDT, the connection goes first to Hong Kong then back to the Philippines, resulting in horrendous ping times.

    Also we have free Facebook here but restricted everything else, it sounds benign, but sadly astroturfers for politicians (Especially the one who gloats about killing people.) have abused this, being able to label legitimate news media as "biased" while being unable to verify news articles because they can't access it. Also allowing for real fake news blog / groups to take hold of discussion.

    Worst of all, the common people doesn't care, they have free Facebook! And their local drug users/tambays are now in hiding or dead, they are happy! *sigh*
     
  7. Yakumo

    Yakumo Moderator Staff Member

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    The Philippines is a truly messed up place and your new president isn't all there in my opinion. The funny thing is I know many Filipinos here in japan and they all seem to love the president! Why?
     
  8. StriderVM

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    Because they kill the undesirables.That may mean they are all assholes inside (Or misguided), I wish to put a sarcasm tag somewhere but deep down I know that's how some people feel.

    Also part of it is "screw you got mine" mindset. They are not drug addicts, why would they care if drug addicts are being killed everyday? Nothing will happen to them, not realizing any kind of free reign is subject to corruption.

    Drug use is heavily painted in the local media (No matter what kind) as really bad ever since time immemorial, due to this, when a candidate just promises to kill all drug addicts and isn't sounding like from another popular political clan (Which is a lie sadly) they will vote him. And as you know. Insulting a person's political choices is no different to insulting their religion to a lot of people.
     
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  9. GodofHardcore

    GodofHardcore Paragon of the Forum *

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    No matter what happens, somebody somewhere will develop a work around.
    Seems every few years there's a mass freak out over internet freedom that amounts to nothing.

    But I do feel very strongly about getting rid of the DMCA or at least bringing back the revisions for archivists and preservationists.
     
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  10. pato

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    Wouldn't actually better if we got rid of regulations and make new ISP enterprises to be created? In my country, we have all kinds of BS regulation for ISP and there are places who are confined to one provided thanks to the law, heck, months ago, a couple was arrested because they were offering clandestine internet.
     
  11. GodofHardcore

    GodofHardcore Paragon of the Forum *

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    In 10 years we're all gonna be on Google fiber anyway.
     
  12. StriderVM

    StriderVM Robust Member

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    Not if all the other ISP's can prevent Google from ever using any existing infra. If Google can get the whole US connected to Fiber in 10 years without help to all other ISP's current infrastructure, then Google really deserves to rule the internet.

    Here in the Philippines, we have 3Mbps LTE unlimited internet for $30. For Filipinos it is fast enough. Is it good enough for the rest of the world though? And most of them have caps.
     
  13. GodofHardcore

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    Google is a massive company if any company has the Stroke to make ISPs their bitch it's Google.
     

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