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Jon February 16, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I noticed Politico trashed your link in your post.
Where can I get the truth on this net-neutrality scam?
I know the FCC is bad, it’s government bureaucracy. May as well be Iran.
I know big pipe companies (Qwest, Comcast et al) are wanting to rape consumers with tiered services. This is what monopolies do.
I know politicians are liars. That is what they do when their lips move.

What is going on and where can I find truth?
Thank you in anticipation…. Jon

Jerry Kenney March 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

It amazes me how many of my fellow conservatives have been duped in to believing that Net Neutrality is a free speech issue for the cable companies. Free Speech applies to the message not the pipe or the pipe owner. The tech that the internet companies use to “manage” their systems is the same that is used in Communist China to censor the Internet and crack down on dissidents. ISPs want to discriminate based on who is talking and what the message is.

ISPs have no business knowing WHO is sending the message and WHAT the contents of the message are. They should only be concerned about the amount of data, not the contents of the message.

Why do conservative Christians get upset if a baker is forced to bake a cake for a gay wedding but don’t get upset when a cable company can inspect your data and disconnect or slow it down.

Please do your homework and understand that market forces cannot work when you only have 1 ro 2 companies from which you can buy internet access. FYI, I will put my conservative credentials up against any in the Tea Party. Any.

Mike Wendy March 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Freedom of the Press = freedom of the owner of the press / conduit / technology provider to transmit the message to users, too. The Right would be meaningless if the transmission technology used to shepherd speech lacked this protection. Moreover, this transmission happens over private facilities. Forcing speech, without a narrow and compelling government interest, and without just compensation, indentures press owners to involuntary servitude. As to market forces, in any given market Americans have at least 3 different broadband providers – and in the majority of America, it’s 4 or more choices. As technology improves, this will continue to grow.

Arthur Rhodes July 6, 2016 at 7:57 pm

I have been a life long conservative and adamantly against things like obamacare. But to say that we have at least 3 broadband providers in any given market is patently false. If this were true, real competitive pressures would have solved many of the problems we face today. They haven’t, because real broadband competition simply does not exist. Perpetuating this lie doesn’t help.

Mike Wendy July 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Arthur, most of America has at least two wired providers of BIAS / b-band and four (or more) wireless BIAS / b-band providers. Yes, they are different flavors, but they are there.

Arthur Rhodes July 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the reply, I wanted to reply directly to your comment but couldn’t. Its no secret that high speed broadband providers don’t compete with each other directly. There are very few if any markets where one has a choice of any of the following two companies: Cox/Comcast/ATT/TWC/Fios. And its understandable. Digging fiber is expensive, and you can make much more money if you don’t compete with someone else and get into a price war.

DSL is an option but a terrible one at that. I used to have DSL and had to attach those filters to my phone line. The speeds were very slow and there was static on the line.

Wireless is not an option in this era of media streaming with the low data caps, and inconsistent speeds that can’t match fixed line fiber.

The real solution would be real competition. Is it surprising that in the markets that google fiber has entered, ATT has “miraculously” matched their 1gig speed and $70 price? If they would all compete, we wouldn’t be talking about net neutrality and unlock the box and all this other pain in the arse government intereference. The beauty of a free and competitive marketplace would negate all of that.

Respectfully, Arthur

Arthur Rhodes July 7, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Well said Jerry! From another tried and true conservative. This is all about protecting the ISP regional monopoly profit machine.

Matt FREEMAN January 6, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Please Jon let me know when you find out where the truth is located. I can’t find the truth anywhere either. But whoever taught these people to lie really did a good job, and so CHEERS.

Slarty Slart March 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Obviously! Let’s give the phone lines back to the phone companies too while we are at it!