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Thursday morning U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced that his agency voted in favor of a plan that could allow the creation of a slow lane on the Internet. This could force everyone except those with deep pockets (think: major conglomerates) into a second-tier of service that could slow their content to a crawl.
However, there is a silver lining in Thursday’s decision: Under huge pressure from millions of outraged citizens, Wheeler changed the FCC’s proposal from one that only considered the creation of an Internet slow lane, to one that also opens the door to a popular common sense alternative: a free and open online highway.
In short, we have held off the slow lane plan for now, but we are in limbo until the FCC formally withdraws the plan and reins in Big Telecom’s attempts to control our Internet. In the meantime, a crucial 4 months lay ahead of us, and we have to do everything in our power to convince the FCC to do the right thing and throw away the plan for an Internet slow lane.
originally posted by: FyreByrd
The Internet must be declared a COMMON CARRIER - like telephone lines, trucking and shipping lines. It really aught to be a public utility but I think that's pushing it.
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originally posted by: stargatetravels
The destruction/dismantling of the internet will happen one day.
Let's just hope that a free, fairly open internet remains for a good few years yet.
Money talks as they say so these companies will keep pushing until they get the internet that benefits them and the mighty $.
there may still be alternatives to wide-spread digital communication between the masses in metropolitan areas, separate and beyond the influence of these forces.
originally posted by: Not Authorized
a reply to: stargatetravels
I disagree. That idea is propaganda.
How are you going to shutdown the Bitcoin network? They are the largest hashing network on the planet.
They could easily be the internet 2.0 if threatened.