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WASHINGTON – Protecting the Internet against content discrimination by broadband carriers is crucial to protecting First Amendment rights in the age of modern technology, the American Civil Liberties Union said today in a new report on network neutrality. In the report, "Net Neutrality 101," the ACLU urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create strong policies that prevent Internet gatekeepers from exploiting their role for private gain. The report characterizes the need for "net neutrality" as a leading free speech issue of our time.

"In this day and age, the Internet is the main way Americans exercise their free speech rights, and until now, network neutrality principles have always been respected," said Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. "Unfortunately, recent developments have opened the way for giant telecoms to begin tinkering with the open structure of the Internet, threatening its role as a forum for free speech. The FCC must take action to preserve the Internet as a free and open forum for all."
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Network Neutrality 101 - Why the Government Must Act to Preserve the Free And Open Internet | American Civil Liberties Union
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I've been thinking this is exactly how things are going to happen, except I didn't know about the candidates who signed NN pledges all losing:

Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » This Week in Internet

Also, there was just some announcement that Hulu is going to make some kind of premium service free on the PS3. Streaming content apps like that and Netflix are the disruptive technology, and the cable ISPs are going to do what they can to keep that from happening.

So yeah, throttling starts happening really visibly pretty soon, I bet.
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:32 PM
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I just heard that Netflix stat yesterday and I admit it's pretty alarming.

I also just learned (oddly enough) about the National Broadband Plan. I admit I haven't read through it though so I don't know whether NN is addressed.
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:57 PM
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I'm not really surprised at the bandwidth. It makes sense that streaming video would account for a lot of usage during peak viewing hours.

What I'm confused about is that they say that's only 1.8% of subscribers, particularly when the Netflix earnings report they cite says:

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Percentage of subscribers who watched instantly more than 15 minutes of a TV episode or movie in the third quarter of 2010 was 66 percent compared to 41 percent for the same period of 2009 and 61 percent for the second quarter of 2010. In Q4 a majority of Netflix subscribers will watch more content streamed from Netflix than delivered on DVD. With that transition in the business from mostly DVD to mostly
streaming, this will be the last quarter the company will report this metric.
So I'm guessing that number isn't as alarming as it might seem at first glance. It's not that under 2% of subscribers ever use it, so when adoption increases, the bandwidth requirements will be all crazy. It's probably just that that's how many are using it at any given time.

It's still going to give cable internet providers a reason to start throttling providers like Netflix, though.
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Ah gotcha. Yeah that is misleading.
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Every single candidate that pledged support for net neutrality got defeated in their election/re-election bids on November 2. It looks increasingly likely that Congress may attempt to ram through a bill designed to give the American government power to block sites it doesn't like. Anyone even remotely concerned with governments' abuse of power should be opposed to this, since it effectively gives the government carte blanche to violate the first amendment. Click here to find out what you can do to stop it if you're an American. If you're not you can probably still donate money to the campaign to oppose this bullshit.
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Newsflash. I haven't had a chance to read the source articles yet.

FCC addressing net neutrality on December 21st (updated) -- Engadget
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Wireless carriers openly considering charging per service -- Engadget
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Al Franken on Net Neutrality .
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It looks like Genachowski has the votes to pass that new net neutrality reg, the one Franken says bounces back and forth between useless and a major step in the wrong direction. Tomorrow the chairman will say:

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Which in administrative agency lingo usually translates to :capitalistpig:
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You can watch the hearing as it's happening right now.
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Timothy Karr: Obama FCC Caves on Net Neutrality -- Tuesday Betrayal Assured

Fuck you, Obama. Just fuck you.

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AMY GOODMAN: Craig Aaron, I want to thank you very much for being with us, managing director of the media reform group Free Press, and end with a quote of Senator Al Franken, who said, "Mobile networks like AT&T and Verizon Wireless would be able to shut off your access to content or applications for any reason. For instance, Verizon could prevent you from accessing Google Maps on your phone, forcing you to use [their] own mapping program, Verizon Navigator, even if it costs money to use and isn’t nearly as good."
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Can this regulation be challenged in the Supreme Court?
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How's that hopey changey thing working out for us? :cryhome:
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Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans - Tech Talk - CBS News

Did you not get the memo, Obama? FUCK. YOU.

Admittedly this article is pretty damn sensationalist but it's still an unremittingly shitty proposal.
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Dear Republican House: FUCK YOU.
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Interesting that the big internet providers didn't have a problem with the FCC rules. It begs the question; who are the Republicans sucking up to?
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Their split personality sock puppets?
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Their socks must be really smart.
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Interesting that the big internet providers didn't have a problem with the FCC rules. It begs the question; who are the Republicans sucking up to?
Don't cha know there are socialist liberal treehugging voters all over the interwebs telling each other that the republicans suck. Buy the internets and squeeze them out. Also moar advertising.
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Various internets-related stories, mostly not directely related to net neutrality but likely to be of interest to people interested in it:

A paper recently published by the White House's Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator urged Congress to make "illegal streaming" of content a felony and to enable law enforcement to wiretap those suspected of being involved in copyright infringement. Fuck you, Obama.

AT&T will be joining Comcast and other providers in its shitty tiered internet system that restricts how much people can download.

A NY man faces five years in jail for linking to online videos. Insanely, the Department of Homeland Security is claiming that merely linking to copyrighted material is a crime.

I can't even with this shit.

On a slightly less irrational note, in a recent study, 70% of respondents said that downloading pirated material from the Internet is socially acceptable. Admittedly the study was in Denmark so it may not reflect U.S. attitudes.

Also, IsoHunt is arguing that Google is the world's largest torrent search engine. I find it difficult to dispute their reasoning, honestly.
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In reading the comments on that post, I saw a mention of a man who's been indicted on child pornography charges for editing a sexually explicit song into footage of him singing in front of children. Just editing. Not even actually singing the song in front of the children (which would still be insane).

Seriously, who's being protected here? The children at the school? They never heard the song. It seems the only people who are being 'protected' are the embarrassed school officials, who are pursuing child pornography charges to assuage their sense of pique.
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House votes to repeal net neutrality order - Tony Romm - POLITICO.com

Fuck you, House :glare:
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European Union to investigate net-neutrality concerns

The EU's commissioner for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes"If measures to enhance competition are not enough to bring internet providers to offer real consumer choice, I'm ready to prohibit the blocking of lawful services or applications."

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the web"If it [the agreement on an open internet that he has been asked by the UK government to negotiate between service providers and content firms like the BBC and Skype] fails, the government has to be absolutely ready to legislate," he said.

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