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Freedom, What? ...


The Internet has been practically "free" since it went public. It was first a U.S. Pentagon thing, you know. But it has grown exponentially primarily due to its free (relatively) access and the absence in many cases of taxes relating to purchases made via the web.

Lots of changes have been squeaking into it.

There is a heavy effort now to have a two-tier Internet. The corporate lords of America want a faster 'special' level to keep out the riff-raff and to work at super high speed.

We all must resist this. The corporate interests do not own the Internet (yet.) But they soon will if we don't scream and fight this.

Hands-off the Internet, America! You don't own it! It is world-wide and open.

Keep it that way.


posted on July 13, 2014 6:38 AM ()

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Australia's internet speed is still catching up with the rest of the world---bloody slow still
comment by kevinshere on July 16, 2014 8:03 PM ()
I've already signed a petition to the FCC to allow technical advances to benefit all users. Legislators were up in arms because Obamacare was supposed to penalize small business -- that didn't happen. But this will impact small businesses that use the internet giving the corporations an edge they don't really need. Bad business all around.
comment by tealstar on July 13, 2014 7:47 PM ()
Too true.
comment by elderjane on July 13, 2014 2:11 PM ()
While I was really happy when Steven Colbert energized so many people to message the FCC demanding a level internet that it broke the site, I think we'd better educate ourselves about this issue and clarify what we are asking. There already is a de facto two-tier internet (and it will increase). Online businesses are already shelling out money to speed up their websites by paying content servers like Amazon to serve parts of your website -- like the images, which can really slow it down. (But any individual can pay not-terribly-high amounts to do this, too.) I don't know what arrangements those content serving companies have with the big telcoms. This bears examining.

I know one thing: We'd better get after providers like Comcast and Verizon to speed up our internet connection. U.S. has about the slowest internet in the civilized world, and we pay more for that lousy connection speed.

It's a shame that Usenet seems to mostly have been abandoned for Google Groups. That was a place where people really protected their right to communicate. The internet really is still a frontier. Sometime I hope you'd write about what you know from the early days, since you were involved before it went commercial.
comment by drmaus on July 13, 2014 11:20 AM ()
This country is scaring me lately...
comment by kristilyn3 on July 13, 2014 8:20 AM ()

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