Net Neutrality - A battle for the future of the internet

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by c0wg0d, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. c0wg0d

    c0wg0d Master Owner Moderator VIP

    Cable companies are famous for high prices and poor service. Several rank as the most hated companies in America. Now, they're lobbying the FCC and Congress to end net neutrality. Why? It's simple: if they win the power to slow sites down, they can bully any site into paying millions to escape the "slow lane."This would amount to a tax on every sector of the American economy. Every site would cost more, since they'd all have to pay big cable. Worse, it would extinguish the startups and independent voices who can't afford to pay. If we lose net neutrality, the Internet will never be the same.

    Today, thousands of us are protesting to defend Internet freedom.

    I would urge you to talk to your parents, guardians, and any other family members you can about joining in this fight today. Send complaints to the FCC. Talk to your representatives. Tell them to go to this website to get started: https://www.battleforthenet.com/

    This is really important. If we lose this fight, you/your parents might have to pay an extra monthly fee just to play Minecraft online!
     
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  2. GotToGoToMoes

    GotToGoToMoes Artisan VIP Helper

    Thank you for letting us know c0w.
     
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  3. TruWolf54

    TruWolf54 Adept

    Ok I will do that
     
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  4. CaptainFinner

    CaptainFinner Expert VIP Helper

    Thanks for informing us. I want to help out. I'm informing my parents now.
     
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  5. RennyBoi_320

    RennyBoi_320 Expert

    Thanks for letting us know!
     
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  6. zilory

    zilory Expert VIP Helper

    Good to know. Thanks
     
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    RealFlandre Expert

    Thanks!
     
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  8. EalaRaven

    EalaRaven Artisan

    Actually this is a great place where I can say I have posted a review for the ISP I am using, on this exact website that you linked, giving feedback about my current provider, CenturyLink. As a warning, please avoid CenturyLink as much as possible, because they are known for their increasingly high prices and horrible internet service, despite what the website says. If you're already in CenturyLink, I would recommend you turn off autopay if you did sign up for it. Based on reviews and personal experience, Centurylink adds unrelated fees, has a $3000 early cancellation fee(for us at least), and like I said, horrible internet service.(We signed up for 75mbps up/down but are getting 0.3mbps up/down per device, we have 12 devices, with 4 inactive normally. Doing the math, we are getting 3.6 mbps TOTAL for $30+)

    That being said, I hope I didn't break a rule saying this, as this is something that I thought I needed to share as I warning.
     
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  9. FreakyFaxon

    FreakyFaxon Adept VIP

    Thanks for letting us know! I'll tell @bizarr0 abiut this.
     
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  10. Ivykit

    Ivykit Expert

    Thanks for telling everyone!
     
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  11. DiamondYoutube

    DiamondYoutube Expert VIP

    Thanks for letting me know.

    The site didn't mention anything about T-Mobile, so they aren't part of this, right?
     
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  12. LifeLearner

    LifeLearner Artisan Moderator VIP Elder

    Done. Communicated my opinion with my Representative & both Senators.

    For U. S. Sandlot players: If you or your parents have not communicated with your elected officials recently, it is very easy. Ironically, this is possible because of the internet. Elected officials now have electronic communication forms you can quickly fill out to send your thoughts about issues. These links will allow you to find the contact form for your elected officials.

    http://www.house.gov/representatives/

    https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state&Sort=ASC

    You or your parents may use any or all of what I wrote here if it fits with your beliefs.

    I oppose any efforts to eliminate net neutrality by major cable companies. As my elected Representative/Senator, I urge you to speak against any FCC considerations to limit or remove net neutrality. Keep the internet open for entrepreneurs and start up companies, as it is today.

    Cable companies already have too much power and return too little service for their high fees. Now they are lobbying the FCC to end net neutrality. Ending net neutrality will cost consumers money, and it threatens free speech in a similar way to the corporate ownership of major news outlets.

    This decision, to end net neutrality, would position large internet providers (Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable) to dominate internet services and charge users. Users who want faster service will have to pay for it. Those who don't pay will have slow service. You know these fees will all come back to us as consumers. These companies might be able to slow or eradicate startups and small providers who presently compete. (We use one of these independent ISP's for our rural internet service.)

    The internet is one of the best, independent, open communication tools available to most citizens. It allows information sharing and free speech like no other media can or will. It is really important that internet service providers are not winnowed down to major cable companies. Our democracy, and the democratic movements in other countries, absolutely depend on the freedom afforded through net neutrality. We no longer have a voice in other media (newspaper, magazine, radio, television). But average citizens can still be heard and seen through the internet.
     
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  13. SomethingGreen

    SomethingGreen Adept VIP

    I have recently heard about this and am glad that you're spreading the word!
     
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  14. LegoBreado

    LegoBreado Expert VIP Helper

    I had my parents permission to do this. I said...

    Hello Senator! I do not like this idea of eliminating net neutrality. I am 15 years old and this will change my future in a bad way. If this happens, all of our lives would change for the worse. The effects of losing internet could include problems with jobs, effects on retail businesses, less opportunities to get services, and reduced recreational outlets. The cable companies will make internet expensive. People with little money will not be able to afford internet. Please stop the FCC from making the internet expensive.
     
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  15. cajungirl70

    cajungirl70 Craftsman

    Done - emailed our reps.
    I'm forwarding this link (https://www.battleforthenet.com) to friends/family as well. The more ppl protest this, the better.
    This is egregious. GrrrrrrD:
     
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  16. Wheesie

    Wheesie Adept

    Wait - I could have my parents paying for my minecraft?! :eek:
     
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  17. xToffCatx

    xToffCatx Expert

    I've informed my parents, even though I'm Canadian. This still affects me, having American friends on here that need us to win this fight.
     
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  18. Stormfly8

    Stormfly8 Expert VIP

    This is great c0w :)
     
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  19. Vctr3

    Vctr3 Expert VIP

    Thanks, c0w!
    I will spread this because I care, and because I don't want to pay a monthly fee!
    #DefendTheInternet
     
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  20. tmuo

    tmuo Expert VIP

    Thank you, c0w. This means a lot to us and we really appreciate it.
     
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