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I know no more about this than you do now but i feel we need to get this information out there.

The Internet will now be controlled by a handful of companies.
Today, a federal appeals court handed over control of free
speech on the Internet to a handful of companies. This is
why it matters.
Say you' re an NRA Republican. You' re from Tennessee.
The websites you go to on a daily basis are Yahoo for your
email and news, ESPN for your sports, and
com, a message board to talk about your
day at the range.
What if one day your access to your email is tine, your Tim
Tebow coverage from ESPN is as loud as ever, and
com inexplicably took times longer to
load? What if you called your Internet service provider and
their answer was, "That' s just the way it is now"?
Say you' re a Whole ' Democrat. You' re from
Portland. You go to Gmail for your email, MSNBC for your
news, Reddit for your cat videos, and an indie music biog
like Said The Gramophone to find your music.
One day, your access to Gmail is fine, your Rachel Maddow
clips are coming in clear as day, and that Youtube video of
a cat taking a bath on Reddit is rolling along smoothly. But
it takes so long to load one song from that indie music biog
you just turn on the radio.
Say you' re entirely apolitical. It doesn' t matter where you
live. You' re struggling with depression because it' s hard to
cope with your mother' s recently diagnosed cancer. You
go to . net. You go to . Corn for help,
when you can' t read the cancer forum anymore.
One day, those sites take ten times longer to load than they
did before. What if you called your Internet service provider
and their answer was, "Verizon now throttles bandwidth to
websites from the Ter. Would you like to
A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC can no longer
enforce which websites Verizon and all other broadband
providers can favor, limit access to, or outright block -
even if it' s to prop up a service or website of their own.
This is nota binary political issue. It is nota Republican or
Democrat issue.
This is naked corporate greed. It is a bunch of companies
who want to control the largest free informati on platform in
the world.
There is nothing good that an individual can derive from
this decision. Nothing.
Before someone tells you otherwise, Internet service
providers' backs were not against the wall in any way.
Bandwidth congestion" is not real. It costs just as much
money, if not more money, to cap the data flowing through
your broadband connection as it does to serve it to you.
Data caps are solely a moneywhoring construct.
Average connection speeds in South Korea are twice as
fast as those in the United States. That gap will grow even
wider now. This ruling is for American
business on a global level.
Tech giants Google, Facebook, Amazon, New: and Yahoo
have come out against rulings like this in the past. Instead,
the decision favors companies with access to pipelines,
like Comcast. It will help them use the Internet as a
marketing tool for its other ventures, like NBC Universal.
The very best scenario a consumer can hope for is this:
Companies will start offering "unlimited" Internet plans to
access the Internet you currently see today. The Web will
be partitioned off into sections, like cable tiers, and those
will offer speedier connections to certain kinds of
websites if you buy into each tier.
The very worst a consumer can expect is that some
information will be deemed too unsavory for public
consumption, while select corporate messages can be
blasted to your home at lightning speed.
This is not a political story. This is corporate greed at its
most blatant and obvious.
Call a Congressman. Get a law passed. Override the better
lawyers, the lobbyists, the bought Congressmen. Do the
impossible. It' s the only way.
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#19 - dalroc (01/16/2014) [+] (25 replies)
You know, I think it's time for a good-old-fashioned head splitting, torches and pitchforks, blood running in the streets, ******************************************* kind of revolution. Who with me?
#21 - thatguyyoumightno (01/16/2014) [+] (12 replies)
So much for your freedom, eh America?
#52 - TheLastEFG (01/16/2014) [+] (4 replies)
They can't do that because Timmy Turner owns the internet.
He inherited it.
#12 - klutzyspy (01/16/2014) [+] (31 replies)
oh shut up, its a private company, they can make their product whatever they want, and you have the power to change provider.
User avatar #13 to #12 - kipleonard (01/16/2014) [-]
Too bad there is nothing stopping other providers from doing the EXACT SAME ******* THING. Some people...
User avatar #57 - teevee (01/16/2014) [-]
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User avatar #58 - technobanana (01/16/2014) [+] (14 replies)
Sitting over here in england all fine and dandy suckers
User avatar #62 to #58 - wersand (01/16/2014) [-]
Did they ban porn for you guys earlier this summer or try to at least?
#56 - allamericandude (01/16/2014) [+] (6 replies)
It won't last. Companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, or the lesser-known Acxiom and BlueKai, make too much money off of data mining and advertising to let some cable company start throttling the internet. They want everyone to be on the internet at all times, at full speed, uploading and downloading as much information as they can for those companies to track.

But this does highlight one of the biggest issues with the internet: We want the internet to be a right, but it's a service. Even if it's provided for free (like Google has started doing), someone will always have some sort of control over it. While the usual public response to such a problem is "socialize it", I think I can safely say that nobody really wants the government to run the internet, because then the issue of free speech becomes a lot worse (see China's "Great Firewall").
#18 - cleateater (01/16/2014) [-]
RIP the internet, beloved family member and friend, 1992 to 2014 - 'he wos a g guy' - NEVAR 4GET   
Really though, this is some proper 						********					.
RIP the internet, beloved family member and friend, 1992 to 2014 - 'he wos a g guy' - NEVAR 4GET

Really though, this is some proper ******** .
User avatar #102 - vonspyder (01/16/2014) [+] (9 replies)
Civil war is coming in the US. We ******* need it too.
#179 - LocoJoe (01/17/2014) [-]
Is someone ******* with my access to /k/ and God damn it!
#47 - thechosentroll (01/16/2014) [-]
I will inform you when I start giving a **** over here in my little, ******** of a thirld world country, where most software the government uses is pirated and they can't even afford to monitor the internet, let alone control it.
#173 - kaboozle123 (01/17/2014) [-]
guys, it's not gonna last. why? because we can get spied on, we can have our rights and freedoms taken away. but if you take away our goddamn internet, you will have a riot on your hands. we are that pathetic, but in our pathetic..ness. we are more powerful than ever imagined
#181 - exclamation (01/17/2014) [+] (2 replies)
Obligatory Communist comment.   
 I'm prepared for my red thumbs... Usually, they shock me.
Obligatory Communist comment.

I'm prepared for my red thumbs... Usually, they shock me.
#163 - broslo (01/17/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Comment Picture
#183 - limb (01/17/2014) [+] (2 replies)
User avatar #216 - heraske (01/17/2014) [-]

Good luck, boys.
User avatar #91 - schmuxy (01/16/2014) [+] (3 replies)
Y'know, for a moment I was happy that I lived in Britain.

But then I remembered they're outlawing the porn.
#290 - legayunicorn (01/17/2014) [+] (4 replies)
This is why I wish to stay in America long enough to grow up, go through college, learn Japanese, and then ship myself to Japan.

I'm not gonna join riots to change America, but I'm certainly not going to stay in America to watch it burn while I suffer from the side effects.
#323 to #290 - bouncearound (01/17/2014) [-]
>ship myself to Japan

What the **** .

I mean, go for it, follow your dreams.

But what the **** .
User avatar #220 - FuckYouFatBen (01/17/2014) [-]
>Fap time
>Starts on hardcore fap session
>Find a good video, going all out
>Moment of everlasting bliss approaches
>My Third Eye opens
>Want to switch to that magical video
>Takes longer than average
>Can't hold it
>Splooge to buffering
>Kill self.
#111 - epicscorpion (01/17/2014) [+] (2 replies)
Do the impossible, see the invisible...
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