Net Neutrality

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by R4Liam, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. R4Liam

    R4Liam Artsy Dude

    Jul 7, 2009
    I came across this vid:

    The idea of the internet becoming fully commercialised for some reason frightens me. I feel like if it happened it would be the start of our loss of freedom & privacy in all areas of life. Any thoughts?

    Also we can all do something about it:
  2. Qtis

    Qtis Grey Knight Inquisitor

    Feb 28, 2010
    The Forge
    Even more sad is the current "right to be forgotten" in the EU region. It's even affecting things like Wikipedia. A friggin' encyclopaedia. The internet is one of the few free medias, where the governments can't completely control the system without much effort. If this can be done down with a simple ruling as the one in Europe, it's going to be very similar to the Great Firewall of China in the end. (DuckDuckGo!)
    Rocc0 likes this.
  3. Drink the Bleach

    Drink the Bleach This New Member died on Sep 10, 2014

    Apr 5, 2014
    United States
    This has been a scare issue for years and its going to happen. Not enough people care or know what it is and the side with the money is always going to get their way eventually.
  4. trumpet-205

    trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

    Jan 14, 2009
    United States
    It has already happening. Netflix were forced to pay big bucks to Verizon, at&t, Comcast, etc. to make sure that its streaming is not congested.

    at&t even has a system where if Internet contents provider were to pay at&t big bucks then its contents will not be subjected to usage metering.

    These ISPs care very little about net neutrality and instead find every possible way to squeeze more money from both its users and Internet content providers.

    There is a lot of topics regarding net neutrality on
  5. Drink the Bleach

    Drink the Bleach This New Member died on Sep 10, 2014

    Apr 5, 2014
    United States
    Netflix wasn't forced, they caved. They payed money because they felt their company was pressured, not out of legal obligation. Netflix has been wanting to shutup ISPs for years. They've offered ISPs to setup systems with the more popular half of Neflix's programming cached so ISPs could stream that content to their subscribers without 1st needing to direct that traffic from cogent FOR FREE, which would have alleviated a big congestion problem and shrink the loss of profits for the ISP. But they've refused for years, insisting that Netflix should pay double for bandwidth that ISP's very own subscribers were already paying for.

    Profit that money. When a large corporation has a profit, they do everything they can to either keep that profit or make more. In alot of corporations eyes, being 500 million ahead this year as opposed to being a billion ahead last year is simply unnacceptable. They see lost profit as lost money, money they never had, and blame other sources for not getting money they thought they were entitled to.

    So when their cable subscribers decide to ditch cable and subscribe only to internet, they're making less profits than they want. To make up for that, they feel like streaming services like Netflix are responsible and feel they should pay again for bandwidth ISP customers are already paying for, even though Netflix is already paying for their internet through cogent. An ISP's current job is directing traffic, not control it, and they're doing everything they can to control it. And now I'm going off in a tangent so stop reading:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Also the reason Americans need to speak their voices is because congress is filled with abunch of old bats that live in this new post-internet world, but aren't a real part of it. When lobbsist aren't corrupting our government, they're deceiving it.
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