I'm going to turn 19 very soon. I'm still in school, and have yet to achieve a career. With a dieing mother, economy and political system, I must also deal with a dieing virtual world, filled to the brim with freedoms, joy, dark humor, and relaxation. Now, with already homeless-immune corporates wanting to be more immune from starvation and pain, they want to get rid of our only joy in the world, the internet, by dismantling it and placing their own post for their own wicked benefit. And we cannot do jack shit about it. I'm stunned that the United States, once the testament to the world, is so reluctant to give more power to high classes and not the actual people.
I guess the only way to live an American is if you act first before many; before the scrawny man doesn't reach for the innovative idea to make a booming corporation our of. No one can make an act for her or himself; no one can show their true colors and become what they are intended to be. That would imbalance the power of things, right? That would replace J.G. Rockefeller, the politicians' loving friend, with you--the new inheritor of power. 'Better' replacing 'worse' means nothing now; all for the purpose of stubborn, illogical balance.
Laugh at your memes until you cry by the lack of them, for this is a day where blood blurs our eyes and tears go ignored. An ironically good day to you all.
Assuming that these cooperations gain the power to do what they want with their service, the outcome will depend on how the general consumer reacts. Using examples from that article, if the consumer sits back and let's Comcast cripple Netflix instead of voicing their opinion with their words and money, then it is no one's fault but their own. Smaller internet providers will likely sit back to wait and see the reaction that larger companies get, and I'll gladly join them if the larger cooperations go overboard.
Don't get yourself worked up over it. The internet is in no danger. If it ever is, one day in the far future, then the internet will stand up and prove to the world that you can not fuck with it. If you think 4chan has done some crazy fucked up shit, just wait until people who aren't trolls/psychotic bastards decide that they wouldn't mind helping them out a little. It could become Project: Mayhem. I have said it before and I will say it again. The internet is a horrible place, it is full of horrible people, and they will do and say horrible things to each other just for shits and giggles. You don't want that spilling out into the real world.
" Gotta say I'm kinda shocked that people are so cool with this. "Don't think everyone is ok with it, just over the last several months all we seem to be hearing about is laws being passed/brought up around the world to fuck us over with nickle and dimming the internet from ISP's and people trying to censor the internet in every conceivable way possible. I think a lot of people just accepted that it's going to get real bad real soon and there is fuck all anyone can do about it.
Sure is misinformation and pointless angst in this thread. Yeah, the FCC bill doesn't go as far as a lot of people would like to see it go (myself included), but if there's one thing it does do it makes it so that service providers can't block access to any legal content, application or service. It could still have used some work to be more strict regarding wireless carriers and speed tiers, two things that are a glaring issue with the bill.
If you're going to get all up-in-arms about something, at least be up-in-arms about the right things.
Does anyone remember that Futuristic Sex Robotz song Fuck the MPAA? That was written in like, 2004.
The internet is the only place you're still free,
If you disagree, just you wait and see,
You wanna lock down the web and throw away the key?
Well, you better not touch my fuckin' technology,
So back the fuck off or you're fuckin' dead,
Yellin' 1337 on a motherfuckin' fed.
" "they want to get rid of our only joy in the world, the internet" Is this a joke post? "@ch13696 said:
" It's the Huffington Post. They tend to over-exaggerate on everything. So, nothing to see here. "
And Al Franken as the author of the article. SRSLY.
Also, OP @Tru3_Blu3: Guess what? There was once a time where there was no internet. I know its hard to believe.
Net neutrality is the most important thing about the internet. The moment you take away neutrality then the internet is dead.
I don't think it will happen overnight, but give them (ISP's) an inch and they will take a mile. There has to be strict regulation securing net neutrality. I could totally see them charging to get to smaller sites.
I'm pretty ashamed at the userbase of GB. Gamers will most likely be the first ones hit when the true effects of throttling and tiered pricing come into play, yet are completely apathetic about it. Pathetic.
Whoa whoa whoa, since when is the FCC going to radically alter the internet landscape? The FCC wants to regulate the internet via net neutrality, which is basically how the internet has been run for decades now, laissez-faire, if you will. The alternative is that the ISP corporations will take over internet regulation and I for one do not want that. If ISPs gain a leg up on internet regulation, I can easily imagine them curtailing everything to hell and back just to make some extra bucks.
" You know what I think is funny? The internet is worldwide, yet we treat it like it's only an American thing. "Even if these decisions are being made in the US, they are going to have far reaching consequences. Online businesses, especially the smaller, freelance ones, would likely receive significant punishment just from ISP controls over potential US customers.
Oh well. I personally don't care. I'm so used to this kind of shit it doesn't even phase me anymore. The internet as you know it won't die, it'll just cost you more.
AT&T, Comcast, Verizon etc are all giant telecommunication corporations who throw hundreds of millions of dollars at the government to get their way.
Listen, if these new regulations upset you so much, I suggest you band together with like-minded people to create a force that can rival those hundreds of millions being spent. Then you may actually make a difference.