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    Save the internet please read

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L11kL...layer_embedded

    please just go watch that, it explains it better than I ever could. The short version is internet service providers are trying to regulate the web making it so websites will have to pay them money in order to get fast service to their sites, sites who don't pay get slow service. So sites run by corporations like MTV, Google, and AT&T get fast service and little sites like Grandma's basket weaving will get the rotating hourglass. You will also have to pay a tiny amount of money to use certain sites, not like porn, but simple sites like Youtube and Google. When you do a google search, the results will be given to you according to how much those people paid google and not relevance to you. Congress is voting on this on the 21st so please call your congressman.


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    This seems to be proposing regulation by the U.S. Federal Government in an area that it doesn't currently regulate to prevent a non-existent problem based on what big corporations might do.

    Overall, if something's not broken, you really don't want to open the door to let Congress get its grubby paws on it!

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    I am a bit more concerned that the U.N. is pushing to take over the internet policing and what not. If there is one group less cohesive than the US government - it's the UN.

    I find it immensly amusing that the UN movement is being spearheaded by Brazil, India, China, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.

    http://www.npr.org/2010/12/17/132144...ol-Of-Internet

    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnal...With-Rules.htm

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    Haven't this been talked about back and forth since way back? I wonder if it'll ever happen. I don't really see how restricting your customers access to the internet would be a profitable market model.
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    [QUOTE

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    Congress is voting on this on the 21st so please call your congressman.[/QUOTE]


    FALSE.

    The FCC is voting on this. This rather arrogant group of activist bureaucrats, despite being told "NO" by the Federal courts AND Congress, is attempting to exercise power it does not have to regulate the internet in a way that it is currently unregulated.

    If you call your congressman, you should tell him or her to CUT the FCC budget for next year to the amount they have wasted trying to mess with the internet. And, you should indicate to your congress-critter that it would be a good idea to compel Obama to "fire Julius. . ."

    And, to think, I didn't even care about this yesterday!

    Thanks OP!
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    Here's a good synopsis of the FCC's thoroughly undemocratic power grab:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...250748540.html

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    ... and it's passed.

    http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/12/fcc-order/

    The major loophole (outside of vague language) is the exclusion of wireless. The argument now is that the minorities and poor use their phones or smart devices for internet access so they will be pushed into the slow traffic and thus create a digital divide between haves-the-fast-speeds and those who do not.

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    On the positive side, the poor have phones and internet access. While they're are comparably poor to the rest of the US, they are the wealthy elite compared to the poor of the rest of the world.

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    By trying to solve a non-existent problem, and by the FCC engaging in closed-door negotiations with AT&T and Verizon (which just smells), the door has been opened to corporate control of the internet of a level that didn't even exist!

    This smells so bad that "Save The Internet" folks are condemning Obama.

    Ha! Ha! [In the inflection of Nelson from "The Simpsons"]

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