Do you know about net neutrality and the plans to repeal it?

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Do you know about net neutrality and the plans to repeal it?

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Net neutrality is a restriction on internet service providers (like Comcast or AT&T) that prohibits them from discriminating based on content: they can't restrict some websites to certain service plans or slow down other websites for competition reasons. Without net neutrality regulations, they may be able to do so. In Portugal, for example, there are no net neutrality regulations. There, the websites you can access depend on the plans you choose (much like a cable TV provider). The "basic" plan may include Facebook, but not Skype or Pinterest. The middle plan may include all those three, but no Spotify or YouTube. You have to pay more depending on which websites you wish to access. Additionally, a provider like Comcast could now slow down Netflix and Hulu and speed up its own streaming services. We take it for granted here in the U.S. how we only pay for speed and data and have unlimited access to websites (save on a work or school network), but now we may also be paying for specific content. On December 14th, the FCC will vote on whether to abandon Obama-era net neutrality regulations and it is expected to pass. While we may not end up with a Portugal-like situation, it would now be a possibility.

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I signed a petition against the repeal

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Sunny_the_skeptic Sunny_the_skeptic

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I signed a petition against the repeal

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Sunny_the_skeptic Sunny_the_skeptic

I don't know how any informed member of society could defend the repeal of net neutrality. It literally helps no one

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DWF DWF

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I don't get it either. The only argument in favor of it I heard was that it might help ISPs improve broadband infrastructure with the additional money they'd have from this. But that can still be done with net neutrality and it isn't worth sacrificing it either.

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Thibault Thibault OP

It sounds really bad, because if it's repealed in the US, then Australia always follows the US eventually. Hopefully there will be a an ISP that advertises zero restrictions and takes much of the business from the others.

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OzSurfer OzSurfer

Less government is always good.
If companies start flocking us over, don't you think the well connected people will find better deals?

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Budwick Budwick

In response to “Less government is always good. If companies...

The Internet would be put under the control of several companies who would ruin the Internet in an effort to squeeze every penny they can out of us and also use their power to destroy any more consumer friendly competition. The only way to get around it would be to start over with a new DIY internet, and I really do not want to have to take that step

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DWF DWF

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If monopolies are bad, why should we trust the U.S. government, the largest, most powerful monopoly in the world? We’re talking about the same organization that spent an amount equal to Facebook’s first six years of operating costs to build a health care website that doesn't work, the same organization that can’t keep the country’s bridges from falling down, and the same organization that spends 320 times what private industry spends to send a rocket into space. Think of an industry that has major problems. Public schools? Health care? How about higher education, student loans, housing, banking, physical infrastructure, immigration, the space program, the military, the police, or the post office? What do all these industries and/or organizations have in common? They are all heavily regulated or controlled by the government. On the other hand we see that where deregulation has occurred, innovation has bloomed, such as with telephony services.

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Budwick Budwick

In response to “If monopolies are bad, why should we trust...

They can be held accountable in elections, corporations can't

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DWF DWF

In response to “They can be held accountable in elections...

Understood, it's still a crap shoot. We can hold business accountable on a daily basis - don't have to wait for an election.

Holding government accountable for anything is a lesson in frustration. They take responsibility for nothing yet want to control everything.

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Budwick Budwick

In response to “Understood, it's still a crap shoot. We can...

And corporations don't?

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DWF DWF

In response to “And corporations don't?

You can choose not to deal with a business.
You can't choose shit with government - you're stuck.

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Budwick Budwick

In response to “You can choose not to deal with a...

No, you really can't

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DWF DWF

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Yeah, cuz they have no competitors what so ever!

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Budwick Budwick

In response to “Yeah, cuz they have no competitors what so ever!

Well, they definitely won't if they're given the power to control what people see

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DWF DWF

In response to “Well, they definitely won't if they're given...

I don't know that we'll ever agree, but I admit, the discussion is good.

But the reason corporations big and powerful isn’t because there is a lack of government regulation, but because of it. Government regulations are written by large corporate interests which collude with officials in government. The image of government being full of people on a mission to protect the little guy from predatory corporate behemoths is an illusion fostered by politicians and corporate interests alike. Many, if not most, government regulations are the product of crony capitalism designed to prevent small entrepreneurs from becoming real threats to large corporations.

Dumping Net Neutrality is a step in the right direction.

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Budwick Budwick

I've heard and read quite a bit about it, and can't find anything positive about the repeal.

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Piper2 Piper2

I've heard what Philip DeFranco talked about. It's about which browsers/programmes work faster/slower with the internet connection you havr (obviously, the ones that are partened with the internet connection will be faster). For what I understood the guy in tbe picture thinks that's a good idea. It's not. This is a case of companies only caring about the money and not the people's wishes. (If I said something wrong, feel free to correct me).

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Sofia Sofia

It's a ridiculous concept ... hold SOME companies responsible under the rules, but exempt others?!?

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Walt_OReagun Walt_OReagun

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