CollegeHumor explains Net Neutrality

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I’m Adam.

-And I’m Emily.

We make “funny videos” on the Internet.

-But soon, we might not be able to.

That’s because…

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…net neutrality is in jeopardy. Net Neutrality is the principle that says ISPs can’t discriminate between different types of traffic.

That means that…

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…whether you’re a bedroom music producer, a couple on an amateur porn site, or just someone with a start up idea - you get access to the same users as Netflix, Facebook or Amazon. On the Internet, anyone can succeed.

But…

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…America’s ISPs wanna set up a pay-for-play system where rich companies pay extra to get to those users first.

If this happens…

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…instead of a wonderful playground if innovation that it is now, the Internet will become like cable TV where you can only get stuff that’s been pre-approved by a bunch of old rich guys.

Ten years from now…

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…your Internet bill could be a bigger “fustercluck” than your cable bill.

Now, you might be thinking…

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…isn’t the government supposed to protect me from fragrant doucheholery like this?

Unfortunately…

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…the former chairman of the FCC (government agency that’s SUPPOSED to protect you) is now the cable industry’s head lobbyist. And another former cable industry lobbyist is now the CURRENT head of the FCC.

So…

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…we can’t trust the FCC to make the right decision on their own. That’s why WE need to protect the Internet we love. The chaotic, AWESOME, often quite weird, place where literally everyone’s voice can be heard.

In a few months…

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…the FCC will approve this festering soal of proposal unless we speak up. The Internet is one of the few places where human voices speak louder than money. So while that’s still the case, let’s use those voices. Go to DEARFCC.ORG and tell them to protect Net Neutrality. Thanks for doing your part to protect the Internet.

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Contact FCC at https://dearfcc.org/

IF DEARFCC.ORG IS DOWN, simply go to good old http://www.savetheinternet.com/

All GIFS are courtesy of our new friend, RANDY!

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5 lies we need to stop telling about Net Neutrality

Net neutrality will kill innovation and jobs. It’s about subsidizing takers. It’s the government takeover of the Internet.

In the brewing storm around the FCC’s proposed open Internet rules (which detractors claim would gut net neutrality), there’s a lot of misinformation. Here are five of the most common myths floating around about net neutrality and how to counter them.

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Why Net Neutrality Matters (And What You Can Do To Help)

Unless we speak up, the Internet will become a worse fustercluck than cable TV. Go to http://dearfcc.org to make your voice heard!

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality LastWeekTonight

Did you participate in the deluge of complaints this piece on John Oliver’s show generated?

The FCC is moving ahead with their plan to replace its discarded open Internet rules with new ones that will allow Internet companies to pay for fast lanes, voting 3-2 in favor of the ISP-favored plan.

Here’s how it works. Under the FCC’s new rules, companies that deliver content over the Internet like Netflix, Amazon Instant, YouTube, and even PolicyMic could now pay ISPs for direct access to their customers. Those who don’t pay will be treated like all other data, even if they need to relay high-capacity things like streaming video or cloud storage. That means paying companies’ content will arrive much faster than content from other Internet companies, who will be stuck in a de facto slow lane. The end result is that companies that can’t afford to pay for special treatment will reach fewer people and be at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.

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The FCC has fucked us royally but we can at the very least speak our minds directly to them about not destroying the internet as we know it….just so a few suits can make a shit ton more cash at our expense only.

Share this info, share the form stand up and do something while you can

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The end of the open internet?


John Oliver explains how cable companies are using complex language to obscure the debate over net neutrality.  He also is asking everyone to chime in and leave their comment on the FCC’s website.

But what is the importance of net neutrality and why is it so urgent to keep the internet the way it currently is?  

Stephen Menendian from UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society explains:

Broadband touches almost every facet of modern life from education to employment to entertainment.  Broadband can affect one’s ability to learn about and apply for jobs, research homework assignments, access medical records, pay bills, participate in local government, and much more.   It is a platform for innovation and expression.  It is difficult to imagine opening a business or getting an education without it.

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If the new Internet laws that are about to come into effect had existed a few years ago, Netflix’s idea would have failed faster than you can spell “FCC.”

4 Reasons Television Will Totally Suck in the Future

#4. We’re About to Lose Network Neutrality, Which Ruins Competition (Especially for Streamers)

Hey, remember how Netflix’s streaming service came out of practically nowhere and dominated the market simply because it was better? Guess what: That can never happen again. … In April, leaked documents from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission revealed that the government has been fervently planning to shit all over network neutrality, then flush it down the toilet for good. When that happens (and yes, it’s a god damn when), ISPs will be able to charge websites and services extra to keep broadcasting at a non-infuriatingly slow rate.

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Net Neutrality and the Idea of America

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Tim Wu on what the debate over net neutrality really stands for: http://nyr.kr/1lwxEoG

“The Web’s famous openness to anyone with vision, persistence, and minimal cash recalls the geographic frontiers of earlier America and the technological frontiers of the twentieth century, as in industries like radio and early computing. As such, the mythology of the Internet is not dissimilar to that of America, or any open country—as a place where anyone with passion or foolish optimism might speak his or her piece or open a business and see what happens.”

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Hey, do you love YouTube?

Maybe you’ve heard about this thing called Net Neutrality.

It’s the idea that once you’ve paid for your internet service, you should have equal access to the entire internet: from your favorite independent YouTube creators and to streaming services like Netflix or Hulu.

But internet service providers (ISPs) want that to end. They want to be able to charge the content creators to get onto your computer screens: a service that you’ve already paid for.

This is a big week in the fight to preserve Net Neutrality.

The FCC’s public comment period ends Friday (July 18th) at midnight.

Take a few minutes to watch our friend Hank Green’s video on net neutrality and sign this petition which sends comments directly to the FCC.

Tell the FCC that you love YouTube. Tell them about how independent video creators have enriched your life and remind them that it was made possible by Net Neutrality.

Let them know now!

President Obama, it’s time to remove FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

President Obama told us in 2006, 2007, and 2008 that he was committed to keeping the Internet a “neutral platform” uncontrolled by “some corporate media middleman” like Verizon, Time Warner, or Comcast. He said he’d fight for an open and equal Internet not run by special interests and where consumers, not gatekeepers, would have unfettered control over the content they could access.

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