22 Apr 2011 06:51
I wrote about the Net Neutrality debate back in August, and it’s time for an update because you are being lied to on a daily basis by the people who control your access to the Internet. It’s time to get educated.
First, the basics. Last year a federal court of appeals in Washington, D.C., declared that the FCC lacked the authority to prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from restricting the websites their customers could visit. That’s a big deal if you care about an open internet.
An analogy here should be useful. As hackneyed as it is, imagine the internet as a highway over which information flows. The only way you can access any of that information is via an an off-ramp, and the ISPs own all of them. Get your internet from Comcast? You’re at the end of a Comcast off-ramp. The traffic on the highway below you, like the traffic on the internet, flows unimpeded regardless of rules governing the on-ramps and off-ramps. But you can’t access any of it without your off-ramp controller (your ISP), and they are fighting as hard as they can to be allowed to make decisions about what you are and are not allowed to see.
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13 Aug 2010 18:07
The Tired Donkey cares deeply about having unfettered access to the internet. You should too. If you have grown weary of all the network neutrality blather dribbling out of Washington over the past few years, the Tired Donkey understands. It is, after all, a topic that provokes great passion in a small group and eyes glazed like a Krispy Kreme doughnut in everyone else. But now is the time to pay attention, and the Tired Donkey provides you with both background and information about why you should give a damn below; in fact, he is so serious about this subject that he even breaks into first-person prose. That’s serious. If you love the internet, read the rest of this post. Then do something about it.
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