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Hello Georgia!

     An issue facing us in the 21st century is "Net Neutrality."  Private companies wish to obstruct internet access and freedom of the American people.  We need to institute Obama era rules that prevented broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast from blocking or speeding up streams and downloads of web content in exchange for extra fees. The commission’s repeal of net neutrality is set to take effect.  The internet should be like the public roads.  Anyone should be able to search for what they want and use this service without having to pay additional internet fees to specific providers.

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The internet worked just fine before net neutrality, true or false? Please show your work, if no.

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22 hours ago, Pizzuto said:

The internet worked just fine before net neutrality, true or false? Please show your work, if no.

     It did not work just fine before net neutrality.  There are several examples of abuses.   In 2005 North Carolina ISP Madison River Communications blocked VoIP service Vonage.   Comcast severely delayed traffic using the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol.  The company even had the guts to deny this for months until evidence was presented by the Associated Press.  In 2007 AT&T censored Pearl Jam because the lead singer criticized President Bush.  Between 2007 to 2009 AT&T forced Apple to block Skype because it didn’t like the competition. At the time, the carrier had exclusive rights to sell the iPhone and even then the net neutrality advocates were pushing the government to protect online consumers, over 5 years before these rules were actually passed.  In 2009 – Google Voice app faced similar issues from ISPs, including AT&T on iPhone.  Then, in 2010 – Windstream Communications, a DSL provider, started hijacking search results made using Google toolbar. It consistently redirected users to Windstream’s own search engine and results.  The year 2011 was also full of controversies – MetroPCS, one of the top-five wireless carriers at the time, announced plans to block streaming services over its 4G network from everyone except YouTube.  Between 2011 to 2013 – AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon blocked Google Wallet in favor of Isis, a mobile payment system in which all three had shares. Verizon even asked Google to not include its payment app in its Nexus devices.  In 2012 – AT&T blocked FaceTime; again because the company didn’t like the competition.  2012 witnessed Verizon who started blocking people from using tethering apps on their phones that enabled consumers to avoid the company’s $20 tethering fee.  In 2014 – AT&T announced a new “sponsored data” scheme, offering content creators a way to buy their way around the data caps that AT&T imposes on its subscribers.

     Of course Net Neutrality cannot prevent all unethical or unfair internet practices; however, the majority of the public supported this measure by the FCC.  The internet may have appeared to be fine to the every day person.  Even I had no idea how much was going on before I entered politics.  As a nation, we move forward and when we are able to level the playing field and protect user rights, we will do that.

 

OOC:

https://wccftech.com/net-neutrality-abuses-timeline/

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On 5/20/2018 at 8:46 PM, Doomhammer said:

     It did not work just fine before net neutrality.  There are several examples of abuses.   In 2005 North Carolina ISP Madison River Communications blocked VoIP service Vonage.   Comcast severely delayed traffic using the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol.  The company even had the guts to deny this for months until evidence was presented by the Associated Press.  In 2007 AT&T censored Pearl Jam because the lead singer criticized President Bush.  Between 2007 to 2009 AT&T forced Apple to block Skype because it didn’t like the competition. At the time, the carrier had exclusive rights to sell the iPhone and even then the net neutrality advocates were pushing the government to protect online consumers, over 5 years before these rules were actually passed.  In 2009 – Google Voice app faced similar issues from ISPs, including AT&T on iPhone.  Then, in 2010 – Windstream Communications, a DSL provider, started hijacking search results made using Google toolbar. It consistently redirected users to Windstream’s own search engine and results.  The year 2011 was also full of controversies – MetroPCS, one of the top-five wireless carriers at the time, announced plans to block streaming services over its 4G network from everyone except YouTube.  Between 2011 to 2013 – AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon blocked Google Wallet in favor of Isis, a mobile payment system in which all three had shares. Verizon even asked Google to not include its payment app in its Nexus devices.  In 2012 – AT&T blocked FaceTime; again because the company didn’t like the competition.  2012 witnessed Verizon who started blocking people from using tethering apps on their phones that enabled consumers to avoid the company’s $20 tethering fee.  In 2014 – AT&T announced a new “sponsored data” scheme, offering content creators a way to buy their way around the data caps that AT&T imposes on its subscribers.

     Of course Net Neutrality cannot prevent all unethical or unfair internet practices; however, the majority of the public supported this measure by the FCC.  The internet may have appeared to be fine to the every day person.  Even I had no idea how much was going on before I entered politics.  As a nation, we move forward and when we are able to level the playing field and protect user rights, we will do that.

 

OOC:

https://wccftech.com/net-neutrality-abuses-timeline/

 

This issue is not really a big deal with many people except far left SJWs who think that anti-net neutrality is the coming of the Apocalypse. 

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