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    • gorudy

      As an independent publisher and community how do you think about net neutrality and the impact it might have on the community and business?

      Edit: I also intended to ask if there's a scenario from a "business" POV where a popular publisher (like cake.co will be) stands to benefit from it?

    • Chris

      It's very distressing, at least to me. They seem to be following the same pattern as we're seeing across topics like the environment, taxes, and health care. Big donors have more power over these issues than voters now it seems.

      Here is the protest image on Reddit today:

    • gorudy

      I feel as though the only fight one might have against this is with our wallet. If we cancel our Verizon contracts en masse (and are willing to live without iphone x for a while) then we take the power back. Am I wrong with this assumption?

    • yaypie

      Net neutrality has officially been repealed.

      But I think we'll be okay. Title II net neutrality protections would have provided some benefits, but would also have had some drawbacks that most net neutrality supporters don't talk about. It would have been a flawed solution, at best, to the problem of paid prioritization.

      I think the best thing we can do with our money is to support smaller local ISPs whenever possible. The more competition there is and the more choices consumers have for their Internet service, the harder it will be for large ISPs to get away with paid prioritization without driving customers away.

      We should also vote representatives (and presidents) into office who will work for consumers instead of for businesses. And we should support legislation to reduce the political influence of large corporate lobbyists and donors.

    • Keenan
      Keenan Wells

      I have yet to find any compelling argument to support the removal of net neutrality restrictions. Is there one?

      I've heard the usual "consumers will take their money elsewhere if their provider isn't meeting their needs" argument, but there are a lot marketplaces in the United States where consumers' only have a couple ISP choices. And in some cases only one! This doesn't seem like the kind of industry where a lot of startups can realistically come out of nowhere to compete, given the infrastructure costs required. So that argument falls apart pretty quickly for me.

      It seems like this decision is wildly unpopular amongst basically everyone who's not a massive ISP, and has the potential to result in some pretty crappy outcomes. It puts a whole lot of trust in the hands of corporations like Comcast, who own properties like NBC, for instance. What incentive do they have to not throttle access to their competition in markets where there are only one or two options? Basically none.

    • Chris

      It's getting really hard to know what to do. Asking people to cancel their Verizon contracts seems hard because what then? Do you switch to AT&T? Can most people really live without their phones?

      My wife and I have marched, called representatives, and donated money so many times this year. At what point does everyone get exhausted because there are so many issues raging at a time? How many days can you march and make phone calls? It seems so unfair because the companies and rich individuals can just write another check that seems to do so much more than me and Toni protesting, which feels like grains of sand on a beach.

    • Bradford

      Net Neutrality might actually impact where I decide to work.

      I agree with the importance of Net Neutrality. I put up a similar alert on AVnation.tv; I also throttled the "speed" of AVnation.tv last week with a huge file on the landing page. As I am looking for new employment I am considering how much I might be allowed to say about certain topics.

      For example, while still employed by Harman/Samsung I know that I can't talk bad about them. (Don't bite the hand that feeds you.) However if my new employeer has another division that is involved in broadband am I allowed to speak my opinion? No, this issue is not a first amendment issue as the government is not making the rule, an employer would be.

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