NFR Proposed Changes to the Internet

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#1
I just received this e-mail from Senator Jon Tester. Used the NFR even though it is in a way. Great money making scheme but something tells me this would result in mass rioting. Anyone else heard of this?

Dear Bill,

The internet is critically important to everyone across Montana. A grandma in Havre can see e-mailed pictures of her new grandson who was born in Billings. A hospital in Kalispell can use telemedicine to help a patient in Cut Bank. A farmer from Big Sandy can sell his old equipment online—I know that one first hand.

The internet is a vital part of our 21st century economy. It’s hard to compete without access to reliable and open internet service. But the current Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has a new proposal that could change the internet as we know it.

The FCC’s reckless proposal, the so-called Restoring Internet Freedom Order, will make it possible for large multi-national corporations to block websites, slow down internet access, and routinely interfere with web traffic. This would end net neutrality, which has protected an open and accessible internet for all Montanans.

The only true freedom in the FCC’s Order is the freedom for these large corporations to reduce consumer choice, control the flow of internet information and increase profits at the expense of everyday Montanans. Under this Order, consumer across Montana could be forced to pay extra to access specific portions of the web, like e-mail, banking websites, or even your fantasy football team.

That is unacceptable. And I told Chairman Pai that.

This week I blasted the FCC’s decision and defended Montana’s right to a free and open internet.

I told Chairman Pai to listen to the thousands of Montanans who have contacted my office demanding net neutrality. Montanans expect unfettered access to the web, which means absolutely no blocking websites, no paid prioritization and no throttling speeds.

You can read my entire letter to Chairman Pai HERE.

The internet is part of our way of life because it connects Montanans to the entire globe. As your senator, it is important to me to hold the FCC accountable to Montana consumers, not to big, multi-national, corporations.

I will always defend Montanans from unfair Washington policies, I hope you will join me in this fight to hold the FCC accountable to Montana.

 
#2
This is a pretty big deal.

Your internet provider would be allowed to throttle speeds on things that compete with services they offer. SO if they want you to purchase their particular movie service instead of Netflix, they can slow Netflix down to where it is unusable. And there would be nothing you could do about it. Just one of many examples. Something about making America Great Again.

It's everywhere, not just Montana.
 
#3
The Net Neutrality is definitely no joke. Here's a piece by a person on the FCC entitled, "I'm on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality"

http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-...fcc-net-neutrality-repeal-20171122-story.html

And then here's a piece documenting Comcast's removal of a net neutrality pledge.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...ity-pledge-the-same-day-fcc-announced-repeal/

So called "fast lanes" could be setup for those that pay top dollar. Napawino summed that up pretty well.
 

2506

Active Member
#5
Orwell was spot on. We don't need Net Neutrality--it's government overreach. And the GOP tax plan is for the middle class.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#9
FSA,

I'm favorably impressed by the letter you received from Senator Tester. Most of Congress is a den of thieves, so I'm taken aback when one supports an action that is in the greater public interest. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai should be among the operatives whose blood runs in the streets of the Capitol Mall. His enthusiasm for free market capitalism ignores that capitalism, like any economic system must be regulated unless feudalism is his preferred outcome.

Sg
 
#10
God forbid that those companies that install and maintain the fiber optic networks be allowed to charge for it.

Internet bandwidth is a scarce resource. Like all scarce resources, the most efficient allocation is achieved by allowing price competition in the market. Did realize there were so many socialists on this board.


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#11
God forbid that those companies that install and maintain the fiber optic networks be allowed to charge for it.

Internet bandwidth is a scarce resource. Like all scarce resources, the most efficient allocation is achieved by allowing price competition in the market. Did realize there were so many socialists on this board.


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It has nothing to do with socialism. It has to do with reigning in big business.

I guess you like being held hostage? You believe that the internet should be for the rich?
DO you believe that corporations should be in charge of what you can see on the internet?
DO you believe that slowing down speeds to force you to buy one thing over another is just fine?
Do you believe in monopolies?
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#12
Did realize there were so many socialists on this board.
Not so much being "for" socialism as being against monopolies and oligopolies, which is what media sources are rapidly becoming. The proposed deregulation would simply fast track that. Ask what public benefit is served. The answer appears to be not a public benefit, but a great profit generator for mega corporate interests. Any time that is the foreseeable outcome, opposing it just comes naturally to me.
 

2506

Active Member
#14
God forbid that those companies that install and maintain the fiber optic networks be allowed to charge for it.

Internet bandwidth is a scarce resource. Like all scarce resources, the most efficient allocation is achieved by allowing price competition in the market. Did realize there were so many socialists on this board.


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My guess is you've never traveled to Europe or Asia. The innerwebs there put ours to shame. Lightning fast and ubiquitous. But, socialism!
 

smc

Active Member
#15
God forbid that those companies that install and maintain the fiber optic networks be allowed to charge for it.

Internet bandwidth is a scarce resource. Like all scarce resources, the most efficient allocation is achieved by allowing price competition in the market. Did realize there were so many socialists on this board.


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They do charge for it, and competition has been driving prices down. With the new FCC in the pockets of Wall Street, it looks like this is going to change.

The Internet should be treated as a Utility. It is a critical part our national economy and has become indispensable to the way we live our lives - whether that's a good thing or not is another conversation.

Could you imagine the uproar that would occur if power companies were allowed to cut your power, and sell it to your neighbor because they can pay a higher rate?

And telephones - much (most?) of our telecommunication happens over the internet now. You can kiss your "unlimited bandwidth" package, brought to you courtesy of Competition, goodbye!

Once again - the Internet, or more correctly in the context of what we're talking about - Broadband Internet Service, should be treated as a Public Utility. Because it is.
 

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