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FCC and Net Neutrality

I sent the following to the FCC about Net Neutrality.  I encourage everyone to pass this around and encourage letters to the FCC to keep Net Neutrality going. Click here to contact the FCC.

Protecting the neutrality of the Internet is the biggest First Amendment issue facing us today. I am a blogger. Without Net Neutrality, Internet providers can make it difficult to find my site. They can charge me extra to guarantee a lane from a reader’s home into my site. I pay an Internet fee to my broadband provider. I pay another fee to have my site hosted. Without Net Neutrality, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon could all demand that I pay them a fee to allow traffic through. This will end the ability for new ideas to be fostered. A large company could essentially pay to kill a news story, simply by out paying for traffic.

Further, from a consumer standpoint, killing Net Neutrality means that small Mom and Pop shops will not be able to compete with larger, well funded stores. Traffic can be slowed, delayed or even re-routed entirely because a small consumer store will not be able to pay extra fees. This kills competition and innovation.

Finally, Internet access is very much like phone access. By disabling Net Neutrality, you are allowing companies to decide where and who their customers see and talk to. Imagine if this was the phone company. AT&T cannot prevent their customer from calling a Verizon customer. In reverse, Verizon cannot block calls to their customers from AT&T customers. Without Net Neutrality, that’s exactly what these companies can and will do. They already skirt the issue by making their customers pay more for faster service – imagine what they will do when they can become the traffic cops of data and information.

Sincerely,

 

FCC Rules…Time for them to change

I posted the following on my facebook profile.  If you’ve experienced a blackout on a channel due to the stupid network non-duplication protection, pass the word around.  It is time to have the FCC change this rule.  It gives local station’s a monopoly.  It kills competition.  The rule is from FCC 76.122.  I’m trying to find it on the FCC website to post a link here.

Enough is enough. Bones didn’t record last night because WITI Fox 6 Milwaukee has exercised their right to network non-duplication protection. Per FCC rules, Time Warner cable is required to blackout the program. Tune to channel 6 or 1006 for FOX programming.
What about MY right to watch the show on whatever channel I want? How is this fair to consumers? I should be allowed to choose the channel – not a broadcaster! Who is with me to contact the FCC and have this rule changed? I pay for the channel out of Chicago, I want to WATCH the channel out of Chicago!

Further – if you live in the Milwaukee Area – BOYCOTT WITI FOX 6.  They don’t deserve our business, since they’re so scared of competition.

UPDATE:

Here are the names and email addresses of the five chairmen of the FCC.  Let’s load up their inboxes with complaints regarding network non-duplication protection.

Chairman Julius Genachowski: Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Robert McDowell: Robert.McDowell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

Net Neutrality is in trouble – and I blame Glenn Beck

Net Neutrality – People who are new to the Internet, this term probably doesn’t mean much. To people like Glenn Beck, it means nothing but something else to lord over the President’s head. To small bloggers like myself, it means freedom.

Back in April, I discussed Net Neutrality and its importance.  I mentioned then, as I’m mentioning now, that both Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are against Net Neutrality.  The difference between then and now is that then, I didn’t think that within days Net Neutrality would go away and vanish forever and now I do.

For those who don’t know, the Internet is a vast maze of servers.  Each ISP – Internet Service Provider – has a certain amount of bandwidth that it provides each customer.  There are tiered systems to how fast the customer can get on the Internet.  I don’t have a problem with this.  This is how ISPs make money.

On the other side of the coin are the Internet content providers – in other words, people like me, as well as YouTube, CNN, Fox News, etc.  Some of us charge you, the consumer, for the content and some of us don’t.  Some of us only make money from the ads that appear on our sites.

ISPs, such as Verizon and AT&T, want the Internet content providers to pay them money to have our content get priority.  In other words, I pay them money and they let me drive in the fast lane.  I don’t pay them money and my site is sitting behind the slow driver who has had their right blinker on for the last ten miles.

And, you – the consumer – lose.

You lose the ability to read the sites you want to read, when you want to read them.  Traffic will flow the way the ISPs want it to flow.  For example, if someone wanted to start a new site like YouTube, with the deal that is days away from being signed by Verizon and Google (which owns YouTube), well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be worth their while.  Verizon would merely put the traffic to YouTube’s rival site in the slow lane with me.

And, that’s exactly how it will be for everything.  Looking for a campground?  Well, the only ones you’ll find are the ones who were able to pay for that extra boost – to Verizon and AT&T.    Do you want to order a video game?  Well, Amazon paid more than GameStop, so guess where your traffic is going?

Net Neutrality isn’t a partisan issue, like Beck and Limbaugh want you to believe.  It is a freedom issue.  It is about greed.  You all ready pay your ISP.  I pay a web hosting company and my ISP.  Why should I have to pay YOUR ISP so you can view my site?  How is that fair?

And, think about it, this could affect elections.  Every politician has a website, if only the incumbent has enough money to buy the right to be in the fast lane, you’ll never reach his opponent’s website.

Is that what you want?

I know online petitions don’t really work too well, but I’m hoping that Google and Verizon will change their minds about this deal.  Here is the link to the petition.

You need to contact your Congressman and your Senator.  We need the FCC to have the right to put a stop to this.

Before it is too late.

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