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Show Of Hands June 2nd, 2014 2:35pm

Do you have a strong opinion in the "Net Neutrality" debate?

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/04/14 1:33 pm

Thank you for great information wrapped in heights of hilarity only Jon Oliver can offer. I haven't seen Comedy Central since March, because my cable company, CableOne, won't roll over and let ViaCom rob them (and me) of exorbitant fees. And I can't

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/04/14 1:35 pm

even watch it on the app, because CableOne is my ISP and ViaCom is blocking it, too! Jerks!

collegeacademic
06/04/14 11:30 am

Why would anyone be against net neutrality... Unless you're a multi-billion dollar cable provider?

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mountainmafia Boston
06/03/14 7:46 pm

It's make me sad how many said huh yet if you ask something about celebrities people are all over it.

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Kenneh
06/03/14 6:06 pm

I want to add that Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the FCC, was a lobbyist for the cable/wireless industry first. The industry is basically regulating itself.

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phillofPF
06/03/14 6:22 am

My biggest issue is that these ISPs are using infrastructure that was built and is maintained by tax dollars... It isn't even theirs...

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unforgivnn
06/03/14 2:55 pm

But the servers they use to host data ARE theirs.

phillofPF
06/03/14 3:01 pm

One pice of a multifaceted puzzle (even two or three pieces) Donets make a picture...
Without the tax payer built and maintained infrastructure their severs would be empty data banks...

unforgivnn
06/03/14 4:46 pm

And without their servers, the lines do nothing. :-)

phillofPF
06/04/14 5:39 am

servers are fast and easy to install. fiber optic cable is not..nor are towers and wires to run.

Statek Im from the Internet
06/03/14 3:44 am

If you want the big Internet companies to get even bigger and richer at the expense of literally everyone on the Internet in America, you're against net neutrality
If you want everyone else to not get screwed over, you're for it

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funlover heart of it all
06/02/14 10:32 pm

The link video is worth I look. Laughed my ass off. Good news for that guy next to me on the plane.

thebob Medford Oregon
06/02/14 9:08 pm

BAD IDEA. Strengthens the oligopoly that already exists

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gjb2779
06/02/14 9:05 pm

It actually makes me sick to my stomach we might lose net neutrality. This would: raise internet prices for us, create a pay to play system for ISPs, slow avg internet speeds, harm small business, & restrict online content & access to it.

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gjb2779
06/02/14 9:07 pm

Washington is either 100% bought off or unfathomably idiotic to consider ending net neutrality. This, SOPA, & PIPA is why we shouldn't have corrupt old people with limited understanding of technology to run the country. Get a freaking clue you clowns

gjb2779
06/02/14 9:07 pm

Washington is either 100% bought off or unfathomably idiotic to consider ending net neutrality. This, SOPA, & PIPA is why we shouldn't have corrupt old people with limited understanding of technology to run the country. Get a freaking clue you clowns

yepnope Maryland
06/04/14 9:26 pm

I agree. and this is all bc they are bought off. it's all about the money in this country

Ivyra Earth
06/02/14 7:03 pm

I don't even know what that is

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JWO Music City, USA
06/02/14 6:02 pm

I have not been able to find a clear, unbiased, unemotional explanation of this issue in all the years that I have been following it. If there is one, and it's not written for geeks, let me know.

Statek Im from the Internet
06/02/14 7:19 pm

Companies want to slow down websites and make users pay to speed them back up again
This happens when you take away net neutrality

RossDMands Miami Township, OH
06/02/14 6:02 pm

I'm not a fan of Government regulation, but what Comcast is doing to the Internet scares me. Instead of net neutrality, I propose obligating local communities to open rights-of-way to competitors, creating a REAL free market for Internet service.

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Diogenes FreeMeBe
06/02/14 4:59 pm

Just say, "No" and do everything politically in your power to oppose it!

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Statek Im from the Internet
06/03/14 3:41 am

To oppose anyone trying to end net neutrality? Okay

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
06/02/14 3:32 pm

Preserve property rights. Net "neutrality" only let's the government dictate information we can see. Let the consumers decide with their dollars. mises.org/daily/4432/

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sbarn15
06/02/14 6:54 pm

As opposed to the cable companies determining what we see?

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
06/02/14 8:04 pm

Yes, as opposed to govt and lobbyist controlling what we see. Companies are incentivized to satisfy their customers due to competition. With coercion you actually have less options between ISPs and people get less of the media/services they want.

DasaniPaul
06/02/14 3:26 pm

It would only benefit the big money players to abandon net neutrality. And you can bet the fast would get faster and the slow would get slower.

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ozzy
06/02/14 2:39 pm

Against

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comppete Las Vegas
06/02/14 2:24 pm

Why is it, when things are working perfectly, the government wants to come along and fix it?

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Rotavele Alabama
06/02/14 5:28 pm

I know. Our healthcare system was great...

Lanko illinois
06/02/14 8:31 pm

Yeah, our healthcare is gonna be so much better now that the same people who run the VA are now in charge... Geez

Brrrrrrrrr
06/02/14 2:16 pm

The trampling of actual rights to protect imaginary ones, wrapped up in a feel-good name.

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mynewipad north of southern calif
06/02/14 1:47 pm

50 % said huh? Maybe the ISPs can just bill those 50 % that don't pay attention. Losing net neutrality hurts everyone except comcast and AT&T(and a few others) How can such a one-sided policy even get this far.

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Arananthi Literal Ninja
06/02/14 2:59 pm

Because the companies purchased the law. Duh.

Br@ndon Your Soul
06/02/14 1:25 pm

We need net neutrality.

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USAConservative Georgia
06/02/14 12:20 pm

With net neutrality internet service providers provide access of all of the internet at the same speed no matter the content. No one website gets favored over the other. It's important my fellow internet citizens.

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USAConservative Georgia
06/02/14 12:17 pm

Defend net neutrality. Without net neutrality your providers can pick certain things that they want you to see. It's like picking one video on YouTube over the other and you have to watch the one they pick. Defend net neutrality.

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droo Santa Barbara
06/02/14 11:55 am

Pro- net neutrality.

I don't understand why more people arent speaking out for or against it; the apathy surrounding this topic is alarming considering nearly every one of us has an ISP.

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darthezu Philly
06/02/14 11:48 am

If you care about the open Internet make sure you tell your Congressman and the FCC. Use this video if your not sure how to comment to the FCC.
youtu.be/BVTO3z_7us0

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JamesMadison La Palma
06/02/14 11:46 am

Keep net neutrality

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DeathSheep Michigan
06/02/14 11:29 am

If you REALLY think that they will stop at charging Netflix users only, you are pretty thick.

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TomM
06/02/14 12:14 pm

I am hoping they don't stop at netflix. They are by far the biggest consumer of the Internet highway and the main cause of the traffic jam. Next should be YouTube, second largest consumer. There has to be room for the rest.

JWO Music City, USA
06/02/14 6:08 pm

I read that Netflix uses 80% of all the bandwidth in the U.S. during evening prime time hours.

That's outrageous.

TomM
06/02/14 6:11 pm

Yes I'm not surprised. It's 1/3 average over 24 hours. YouTube use about half as much, those two use over 1/2 the capacity. It's the reason it's slow for the rest of us.

Statek Im from the Internet
06/02/14 7:23 pm

Your ISPs outdated overloaded servers and terrible connections are the reasons for your shitty speeds
I get 120mb/s and could be getting a gigabit on the same system

chemist2016
06/02/14 8:40 pm

Don't let ISP's fool you guys with their propaganda

DeathSheep Michigan
06/03/14 12:19 pm

The laws are being pushed because they'd rather make more money off you rather then update their servers

benseth naturalist
06/02/14 11:28 am

Yeah it's time to force this issue. We need to stop these crooks from hijacking our most useful educational tool. The throttling of entertainment is just the beginning. There is no reason to believe they won't censor or restrict in the future.

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fredd TrumpLand
06/02/14 10:23 am

Yes, pro net neutrality.

Comcast basically held Netflix to ransom around the end of last year. In February, Netflix paid up and streaming speeds instantly shot up.

See the graph in the link below.

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fredd TrumpLand
06/02/14 10:28 am

If you are a Comcast customer who paid for high speed Internet, you just got used as a hostage. Want the 50Mbps you're paying for? Only if Comcast allows it. You got throttled, like this guy.
See link below.

TomM
06/02/14 11:19 am

I'm a comcast customer and I'm happy with this. Now Netflix and their customers have to pay for taking 1/3 of the capacity. It's like a toll road, those who drive most pay most.

Statek Im from the Internet
06/02/14 7:24 pm

I love how you think this will ONLY apply to Netflix and YouTube
Think ahead

Liberty 4,032,064
06/02/14 10:00 am

Yes. It's something that affects me directly.

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Congressman Louisiana
06/02/14 9:51 am

Silly poor people. Only people with money deserve internet.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/02/14 9:33 am

I do have a strong opinion, and that is that ISPs should be regulated as utilities and treated as common carriers. Best line ever seen on TV: "Preventing Cable Company F..kery"

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thatguy2 We tried to warn you
06/02/14 9:24 am

The internet infrastructure should be considered a public utility. No ISP should be allowed to treat any web traffic different than any other. This would be a huge blow to small business.

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rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
06/02/14 8:45 am

No and most opinions I hear are based on complete ignorance

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TomM
06/02/14 8:06 am

This poll is biased assuming that you have a strong opinion or you don't know what it is. I know what it is but don't have a strong opinion.

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benseth naturalist
06/02/14 11:12 am

Welcome to SoH. If it doesn't apply to you, then don't vote.

TomM
06/02/14 11:16 am

Ha yeah that's usually what I say. In this case I wanted to see the comments so I had to vote.

benseth naturalist
06/02/14 11:18 am

Also, I don't think bias is the correct word. It's just an a or b answered question. Maybe it's answers are not all- encompassing. But you obviously chose one of them to get into the discussion.

TomM
06/02/14 11:22 am

I had to choose huh but I believe I understand it so huh was not right for me.

benseth naturalist
06/02/14 11:30 am

I get it. I also feel that there should be more choices. Just like political candidates. This is not an a or b world.

jackietheman Just Stop...
06/02/14 7:55 am

Net neutrality is a good thing!

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Wycliff Huntington Beach, CA
06/02/14 7:52 am

Perhaps I misunderstand, but isn't the issue over how private companies (ISPs) offer their product and service (internet speeds, website access, etc.)? If so then let them do as any other company would be able to.

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Diknak Ohio
06/02/14 8:22 am

Without it, they would also have the ability to censor content on the internet that they don't like or that is a competition to them. Maybe AT&T blocks or throttles Verizon websites to discourage you from looking to switch. Maybe they censor news,etc

Diknak Ohio
06/02/14 8:24 am

It would be like your phone company blocking you from calling certain lines, like their competitors, etc. This is why phones are "common carriers" and are blocked from doing that. ISPs should be the same for the same reason.

Diknak Ohio
06/02/14 8:55 am

haha, why wouldn't it? If they have control to snuff out their competition, why wouldn't they? They are a for profit company and it would help their bottom line to do that. You have too much faith in mega corporations.

Wycliff Huntington Beach, CA
06/02/14 10:50 am

See, the problem with that fear, is that it doesn't account for market shifts. Comcast can play the preference game and customers who care will go to free channel Time Warner, for example. Furthermore, other media sources do that already.

Wycliff Huntington Beach, CA
06/02/14 10:51 am

I can't call whomever I want, especially out of country, without incurring a fee. That's not considered a problem socially.

droo Santa Barbara
06/02/14 11:54 am

First time *Rebel* actually trusts a huge and powerful entity with our freedom. I'm shocked.

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
06/02/14 3:30 pm

Because I can choose not to do business with them

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
06/02/14 3:31 pm

wycliff has it. The market can handle it.

fredd TrumpLand
06/02/14 6:46 pm

Sometimes choosing not to do business with Comcast equals not having high speed Internet. And even when there are options, four other providers have been throttling services they don't like. "The market" is not going to fix this one.

Statek Im from the Internet
06/02/14 7:26 pm

You act as if people have a choice
Millions of Americans are stuck with only one provider in their area and cannot switch, so they can't just "leave comcast if the don't like it" without leaving the Internet entirely

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
06/02/14 8:41 pm

state, you can think municipal govt for that. Govt creates monopolies for cable providers.

The market CAN handle it but is strangled by bureaucratic red tape.

melders Entertainment Sometimes
06/02/14 7:51 am

I recently switched from Comcast to an inferior competitor (in terms of quality) because of Comcast's awful stance on net neutrality. So yes.

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thatguy2 We tried to warn you
06/02/14 9:26 am

There's something inferior to Comcast?

melders Entertainment Sometimes
06/02/14 5:50 pm

Thatguy, the company has similar prices and speeds, but they have a data limit. Obviously, Comcast is worse in every other way, which is why I switched.

krohns Earth
06/02/14 7:45 am

Yes is the only answer for someone that uses the internet.

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Axl752 NY
06/02/14 7:48 am

...and anyone who enjoys freedom of information.

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
06/02/14 8:47 am

What about private property freedom?

Grayson Your Moms House
06/02/14 7:36 am

If you're answering this question with an internet connection (which is all of you), your answer should be "yes."

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rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
06/02/14 8:47 am

wrong. don't tell me what my principles are.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
06/02/14 9:29 am

We know your principles. You're a corporatist.