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Net Neutrality

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You guys need open competition among providers, never mind net neutrality. If you guys had at least three companies to choose from in each region, then you wouldn't need to worry about enforcing any rules. Stop allowing mergers!

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20 hours ago, Amadaun said:

1. Go to gofccyourself.com ON YOUR DESKTOP, they made the website not work with phones
(the shortcut John Oliver made to the hard-to-find FCC comment page)
2. Click on the 17-108 link (Restoring Internet Freedom)
2. Click on "express"
3. Be sure to hit "ENTER" after you put in your name & info so it registers.
4. In the comment gsection write, "I strongly support net neutrality backed by Title 2 oversight of ISPs."
5. Click to submit, done. - Make sure you hit submit at the end!
**Copy and paste this into your own status update!**

Done. Thank you Amadaun!!

 

9 hours ago, AndalayBay said:

If you guys had at least three companies to choose from in each region, then you wouldn't need to worry about enforcing any rules.

I have more than 3 providers in my area. Two, maybe 3, of which have the infrastructure to provide decent service. However all but one have either throttled services such as Netflix in the past, or have expressed a desire to do so. What then?

I love the work XMission is doing, and hope others will take note & follow suit. But they've definitely been hit hard by the big ISPs. They get hampered by the State & local governments every time they want to lay new lines or need to do maintenance, even though it's illegal to do so. The politicians love the money that rolls in from the big guys so permits get delayed, road crews have a "miscommunication" and don't show up when they're supposed to, etc.

I think the biggest problem is the ISPs aren't just ISPs anymore like XMission, they're Telecoms that have diversified into Cable/TV, telephone, internet, even home security. This enables them to "bundle" packages, and hey, who wants to pay 4 different companies when you can get everything from just one right? I haven't even been able to convince my own family to switch because the Comcast "bundle" deal is "so good".  :X

Edited by RavenMind

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Only three? We have dozens. The way we handle it here is with usage caps. You can download something like 400 GB/mth and if you exceed that, you pay extra. Or you can pay for premium plans that don't have any caps. Now our internet, cell phone and cable/satellite is a lot more expensive than yours, but at least we don't have to worry about the crap you guys are going through.

We have bundles too, but I prefer to have everything separate so I'm in complete control. It's actually cheaper that way too.

Edit: If you look at that link I posted, you'll see that only Bell Canada offers fibre. That's because Bell owns all the infrastructure and they just finished installing fibre, so they'll have the monopoly for two or three years until the CRTC makes them open it up for other companies to use. Basically they get the exclusive for a while to cover their costs.

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As expected, Obama’s net neutrality act has been cancelled. The only affect on Canada would be for our companies trying to expand into the US. Canadian officials are considering making net neutrality part of the NAFTA negotiations. Our CRTC regulations do not permit the bullshit going on in the US and we want to make sure it stays that way.

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British Columbia. Southern BC is quite warm. It’s actually a cool province, as it were. You can travel to the top of the Rockies and go skiing and then head back down and play golf. :D They are tree huggers out there though, so that might be tough to take. The planet is warming up and that’s killing the polar bears and that breaks my heart, but the folks in BC can take it a bit far.

British Columbia. The southern areas of BC are pretty warm. It’s a cool province, as it were. You can head up the Rockies and go skiing and then back down into the valley and go golfing, all in the same day. Folks in BC do have a tendency to be tree huggers though. I’m pretty upset about the warming trend killing off the polar bears (seriously it’s heart breaking), but folks in BC can take it a bit far. Some areas in BC are zone 9 if you’re into gardening. Basically it means they can grow plants outside that we can’t grow anywhere else in Canada. Comparing growing zones might be the best way to compare Canada to your area. This guide seems to cover Canada and the US.

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Until you have to put up with the stupid by-laws they were able to implement. They vote in government officials that align with their agenda. Just a heads up. I don’t live there, so I don’t have any personal experience.

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Honestly, I think that the FCC and the Telecom companies severely underestimate the modern internet.  They're getting between tech-savvy people and their porn after all.

Me:  *worried*

Also me: *eats popcorn*

How long do you think it'll take before everything gets hacked by horny teenagers?

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3 hours ago, Amadaun said:

They're getting between tech-savvy people and their porn after all.

:rofl: I think the ISPs are smart enough not to throttle those sites, unless they can find a way to make money off of it.

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1 hour ago, RavenMind said:

:rofl: I think the ISPs are smart enough not to throttle those sites, unless they can find a way to make money off of it.

In which case it would be full throttle!

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And that's been increased to 50 senators now. We're getting closer.

Edit:

These are verbal votes as opposed to real ones so there's no certainty that all will vote as they said they would but, if they do, we're just one vote away from making net neutrality law instead of an FCC regulation, which would be more binding and harder to undo. We're very close now.

Edit 2:

Assuming Trump doesn't veto it, which he could very well do. In that case, we'd need even more votes to override the veto, which is not likely with the current state of Congress.

Edited by Visceral Moonlight

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