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House Blocks Funds for FCC Net Neutrality Rules

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Posted on Feb 18, 2011
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House Republicans have succeeding in amending a spending bill to deny the FCC money to implement new (and heavily gutted) network neutrality regulations. That’s right: banning a government agency from using government money to do government work. —JCL

The Wall Street Journal:

House lawmakers voted Thursday night to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing controversial new rules that would govern the flow of traffic over the Internet.

The rules, known as network neutrality, would affect such companies as AT&T Inc. (T), Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) because they own the networks over which the Internet often flows. They would be barred from discriminating as to what content flows over the Web.

The FCC agreed on the rules last year, but has not yet implemented them fully.

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By photoshock, February 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm Link to this comment

Welcome to the era of micromanagement by the
‘elected’ representatives of the corporations! We now
have the corporations in control of Amerikkka! No
longer is this the land of the free and the home of
the brave, but we live in the new Amerikkka, the land
of the enslaved and the home of the corporations.
Amerikkka, has fallen headlong into the abyss of
totalitarianism and is no longer a representative
democracy but the ‘elected’ members of the Congress
represent their true masters, the corporations.
Soon enough, in all 50 states, we will see actions
taking place like Wisconsin. No longer are the people
represented but the masters of our country are
clamoring for more and deeper reductions in public
services, like education, welfare, Social Security,
SSI benefits, Medicaid for those who cannot afford
insurance and all those who depend for their lives on
government help.
I am one of those who needs help, I cannot work
because of severe disabilities and am totally afraid
that any benefits I receive will be cut off and I
will die because I cannot support myself. If anyone
is out there, please stand up to the power structure
and make it known that people like myself are truly
afraid of dying because of cuts to all social

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By berniem, February 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment

How stupid are the American people, really? We’ll find out soon enough by how long they allow the reactionary party to continue in power!

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By gerard, February 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

vote:  I hope you are sending your suggestions to places where it will count more than on Truthdig.

I mean, centers of Internet activity like WikiLeaks, Facebook and Twitter.  Get to the people at the top of these net-freedom organizations and let them know you will help if and when you can. Ask them for information. 

I feel that working through politicians or through standard media organizations is virtually useless as they seem not able to stand up for anything in the public’s interest.  We have to work through others more interested in preserving freedom of speech and communication.

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By Big B, February 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment

Gambling going on here at Ricks! I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

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By vote, February 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

Those with power will eventually use that power to control what can be said on the net.  I wonder if there is a way to use short wave radio, wi-fi, or some other method to set up a peer to peer internet.  Not peer to peer sharing of files over a controlled internet, but a system where each computer acts as a transmitter and a receiver and anyone can sign on to access the net.  This would safeguard against corporate and government control.  It would also keep the elite from pulling the plug when people need it most.

  If they use or have used any public money to fund building the internet infrastructure, then bandwidth should be set aside for free use by the public.  I mean both kinds of free; free like freedom and free like free beer.

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