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WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday warned against regulations that would require providers of high-speed Internet service to treat all content the same way, saying such rules could stifle innovation.

So-called network neutrality proposals, backed by Internet companies such as Google Inc. and EBay Inc., would bar Internet service providers from charging extra fees to guarantee access to the Internet or give priority to some content.

In a report, the FTC sided with high-speed Internet providers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., saying the government should be cautious about such regulations...
Damn FTC

http://www.latimes.com/technology/la...nes-technology


Save the internet, only 17 days left to tell the FCC what we think!

http://www.savetheinternet.com/
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It really scares me that the US is trying so hard to stifle world wide communications and the flow of free information... American citizens who don't support net neutrality aren't real Americans, and would do well to have their patriotism and loyalty questioned. The Founding Fathers must be in tears.
/endsoapboxrant
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The founding fathers would summarily puke at modern day US government.
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not good .....why just why..they did the same with Internet radio
    
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If Network Neutrality isn't protected there will be war. I'll start it.
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If Network Neutrality isn't protected there will be war. I'll start it.
I'll join you, I've got stockpiles of weapons we could use to outfit an army of about 3.5 million. So, whos up for war?
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You live in Montana don't you? I wasn't being serious.


Or was I ...
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post #8 of 33
POLICE STATE!

*sirens*

Seriously, though. This could be very devastating to free information, self-education and communication. Trading it all for dollars and insatiable greed... bleh.

FTC = power players' puppets.
    
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Net Neutrality is essential to free speech, equal opportunity and economic innovation in America. Since the FCC removed this basic protection in 2005, the top executives of phone and cable companies have stated their intention to become the Internet's gatekeepers and to discriminate against Web sites that don't pay their added tolls.

This fundamental change would end the open Internet as we know it. It would damage my ability to connect with others, share information and participate in our 21st century democracy and economy. The FCC must ensure that broadband providers do not block, interfere with or discriminate against any lawful Internet traffic based on its ownership, source or destination.

The FTC's recent report that sides with the companies is almost laughable. In it they state that placing a 'regulation' on them would stifle innovation. I ask them, how is allowing these companies to selectively punish websites (an equivalent to holding the entire internet at ransom) like highwaymen 'stifling innovation?' It would seem to me that by 'stifling innovation' they really mean 'stifling profit' which is a weak argument as broadband networks are currently doing quite well.

Please, keep net neutrality alive.
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The founding fathers would summarily puke at modern day US government.
Holy crap you said it out loud, im not alone.
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