Net neutrality is heating up

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  1. Transic macrumors member

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  2. iJaz macrumors 6502a

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    Pardon my ignorance, but what is Net Neutrality?
     
  3. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Ditto...
     
  4. Transic thread starter macrumors member

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    Net neutrality, in the US, is picking up speed because of a bill in the Senate (S. 2686), House (H.R. 5252) and a US Supreme Court's ruling last year on the FCC's ability to de-regulate telecoms further. Basically if net neutrally is defeated, telecom companies have the ability to charge content-providers like Google, Apple itunes store, Amazon, etc to use their bandwidth and have access to their subscribers.

    It creates a tiered system too, giving the telecom companies preferred or priority access to higher bandwidth for implemented their own voip, streaming video/music services, etc. A pretty nasty thing for the internet, really. This is of course quite a simplified version of a very complex issue, have a look at the wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality. See also: http://www.savetheinternet.com/
     
  5. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    I would cry too if Net Neutrality got neutered by Congress. ;) But then again, I don't live in the States.
     
  6. Transic thread starter macrumors member

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    Loves me some 3:37AM typos! :D
     
  7. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    this is indeed a serious issue. allowing telecoms to have their way will spell the end of the internet as we know it.

    fred upton, R-MI, is the chairman of the subcommittee on telecom and internet. he's been bought off by the telecoms and supports them in ending neutrality.

    if anyone wants to contribute money to his competitor, you can do so here.
     
  8. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    It doesn't matter, the beauty of internet is that as long as you are online, you can reach almost any part of the internet. It affects how your content provider (your favourite website eg macrumors) delivers their content to you. If they refused to pay the telcos the additional fees for priority speed, then you would be getting slow connection.

    EDIT: Sorry, missed the joke :)
     
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    PBS Bill Moyers
     
  10. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    did anyone catch this when it aired? how was it?
     
  11. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    It was awesome ... an hour and a half with no commercials.
     
  12. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Net neutrality is a very big deal, IMO. If the ISPs get their way then a handful of media moguls will control pretty much everything we hear on the radio, see on TV, read in magazines/newspapers, and view on the internet.

    As paranoid and Brave New World/1984/Fahrenheit 451 that it sounds it's true. Most of the media outlets in the world are owned (directly or indirectly) by only a handful of mega-conglomerates.


    Lethal
     
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