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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 03:13 PM
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Republican leaders to Obama: Net neutrality regulations are harmful

Republican leaders to Obama: Net neutrality regulations are harmful
By Kim Hart - 10/02/09 07:47 PM ET


House Republican leaders Friday sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to direct the Federal Communications Commission against adopting net neutrality rules.

Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and Republican Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) said in the letter that the FCC should instead focus its resources on developing the national broadband plan as mandated by Congress. Any regulations that would prohibit Internet service providers from managing their networks, they said, would discourage those companies from investing the billions of dollars needed to expand broadband access.

We believe that network neutrality regulations would actually thwart further broadband investment and availability, and that a well-reasoned broadband plan would confirm our view, the pair wrote in the letter. So to hastily begin the process of adopting network neutrality rules months before issuing such a plan implies that politics are driving the FCCs decision-making process.

Last week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed strengthening the agencys current guidelines on net neutrality by formally adopting them as regulation. He also proposed two additional rules, including one aimed at preventing Internet companies from discriminating against any traffic to certain types of content or services. In other words, all traffic would have to be treated the same.

Net neutrality was a cornerstone of Obamas technology priorities during his campaign. Genachowski, his top campaign tech adviser, was a key architect behind those plans.

Major broadband providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast have argued that the agencys existing guidelines are sufficient and that no additional regulations are needed. They have also said some network management practices are needed in order to make sure broadband services reliably reach all their customers.

Boehner and Cantor said broadband investment would be in jeopardy if the FCC micromanages network management.

more...

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/61469-republican-lead...
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 03:16 PM
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1. Lookin' to cash in and screw the public, as usual.
The openness of the internet is what has the Reactionary Right back on it's heels. They can no longer control the information the way they could in the "top-down" model of Network News.

The free flow of information is the only thing that can save what's left of a democracy here!
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 03:17 PM
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2. Let's do a trial run.
Restrict access to Republican and other like minded internet groups.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 03:28 PM
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3. BlooInBloo to republican leaders: Fuck you.
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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 03:45 PM
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6. BlooinBloo and GMBMC to republican leaders...
Is there NOTHING that you whores will not bend over for?

FUCK YOU.
With a big chipped glass dildo.

I'm a litle pissed off today, as you can see.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 03:51 PM
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7. "I'm a litle pissed off today, as you can see." - I'm in a fine mood; or would be...
if the damn Huskies could play pass defense.

Regardless, any mood is a fine mood for a "fuck you" to republican leaders.
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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 04:03 PM
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8. I'm watching the game too...
LOVED what you guys did to USC.
If you win today, I'm on the bandwagon.
Until you play Oregon, then it's ON!

:toast:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 04:04 PM
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9. :) Is OU/UW here or there?
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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 04:58 PM
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13. It's in YOUR house Blue
In Seattle the Ducks website says.
I wonder if they will play at the Seahawks crib?
October 24th - right around the corner.
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 05:46 PM
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15. Yeah, what you said.
:thumbsup:
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quantass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 03:29 PM
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4. If you are blind,deaf, and dumb and want to become a Legendary Leader just do the opposite of Repubs
It realyl amazes me that everything they do and stand for is directly contradictory to becoming a great, famous, and popular leader in history...So no need to read Lincoln memries (sp?) or walk the steps of Gandie ... just wait for repubs to do something and od the direct opposite....every time.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 03:44 PM
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5. Rec'd~ Republicons never are for the people..that's
their niche in life.. ergo FUCK the GOP.

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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 04:18 PM
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10. We must absolutely go to the mat for net neutrality
If they corrupt that democracy and the free flow of information is over. In fact, the real destruction it would create isn't yet observable. In the not too distant future ideas will have the real world ability to be the ultimate currency. Technology is closer than most imagine to realistically end the need for the monetary system. Unlimited, clean, and renewable energy harnessed with nano technology CAN create a whole new paradigm or if neutrality fails unbreakable chains and a gulf between the rich and poor that cannot currently be measured.
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ShadowLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 04:47 PM
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11. One problem, a group studied the issue already, found no net neutrality hurt the market
Over a year ago (maybe 2 by now) a group studied net neutrality and how it would effect the online market, they found that a lack of net neutrality would hurt online businesses, especially smaller ones, and hurt the online marketplace.
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Raineyb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 04:55 PM
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12. Shh! Don't confuse Republicans with facts.
Besides, it's the pockets of the large companies that they care about and no net neutrality will work just fine for them.
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 05:40 PM
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14. lol republicans have no fear of Obama at all of any kind nt
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GivePeaceAchance Donating Member (950 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-04-09 12:07 PM
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16. We need a TV ad and we need them big if the right were genuine about privacy they will reject..
Edited on Sun Oct-04-09 12:13 PM by GivePeaceAchance
this give the right ad campaign. The fight for the net is a big one and everyone has to stay on it ferociously, they just as much don't want to lose their right to call out a President or congress member as much as we do. This about the control of information flow and they will given the chance. There are various means to self regulate use of the internet by parents, if their concerns really about that.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-04-09 12:23 PM
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17. Healthcare, schmealthcare; THIS issue is where the rubber meets the road.
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