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Originally posted by hotbakedtater
This will backfire. Millions of net users, like me, will simply walk away if these type of money grubbing tactics come into play. Big Business already makes me sick, I will be damned if they get a single extra penny out of me for using the web.
We will see an upsurge in magazines and book sales, once they start rolling on the greed
President Obama, long an ardent backer of net neutrality, is ignoring both Congress and adverse court rulings, especially by a federal appeals court in April that the agency doesn't have the power to enforce net neutrality. He is seeking to impose his will on the Internet through the executive branch. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a former law school friend of Mr. Obama, has worked closely with the White House on the issue. Official visitor logs show he's had at least 11 personal meetings with the president.
The net neutrality vision for government regulation of the Internet began with the work of Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor who founded the liberal lobby Free Press in 2002. Mr. McChesney's agenda? "At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies," he told the website SocialistProject in 2009. "But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control."
A year earlier, Mr. McChesney wrote in the Marxist journal Monthly Review that "any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself." Mr. McChesney told me in an interview that some of his comments have been "taken out of context." He acknowledged that he is a socialist and said he was "hesitant to say I'm not a Marxist."
Originally posted by Magnivea
Either way, I don't think this tiered internet will ever become a reality. Too many corporations would lose too much in investments. That and the .com bubble is already about to detonate. Again.
Originally posted by Xavialune
well, here I go downloading all the websites i can using my httracker. info sites mostly, obscure stuff...then on to the bigger stuff...and setting auto update till round about the time this crap goes into effect.
one question though, how will this effect the use of dongles? is this just a USA thing?
Originally posted by fixer1967
We might as well face facts. One way or another we are going to lose the Internet we have grown to love. What will replace it will be little more than useless for most people. I see a increase in stamps sells as people go back to mailing in there bills payment and stop using on line bill pay. I see untold billions is lost sells as buy on line becomes a thing of the past. The world of information will be set back to the middle 1970's before there was an Internet. Computer sells will drop though the floor as computers become nothing more that fancy type writers and calculators. The net will go on but only the very rich will be able to use it much. This is not going to end well at all. I seen the Internet come in to being and now I am watching it die. What will be left will not be worth the name of Internet. We will have to invent a new word for it. It was fun while it lasted.
And finally, the last rule applies only to fixed broadband providers. It prohibits fixed wireline broadband providers from unreasonably discriminating against traffic on their network.
Genachowski went on to say that the new rules will be good for business, because they will help stimulate investment and jobs.
"We're adopting a framework that will increase certainty for businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs," he said. "We're taking an approach that will help foster a cycle of massive investment, innovation and consumer demand both at the edge and in the core of our broadband networks."