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USA Court Ruling and Crunchyroll
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Posted 1/15/14
Yesterday, the USA Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled to demolish net neutrality. Since CR and US CR users will undoubtedly be affected, I feel that it's appropriate to spread the word here.

Here are a handful of links on the subject:


http://www.newser.com/story/180724/how-yesterdays-ruling-could-alter-the-web-forever.html?utm_source=part&utm_medium=united&utm_campaign=rss_topnews

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/01/14/court-strikes-down-fccs-net-neutrality-rule/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/01/15/netflix-net-neutrality-costs/4491117/

http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-101

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57617242-94/why-you-should-care-about-net-neutrality-faq/



P.S., the comic seems fairly fitting, and it makes this thread look better.
Posted 1/15/14
I'm more bothered about the UK government trying to take away my porn.
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Posted 1/15/14
It sucks and down the line it may get a whole lot worse
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Wow.... This could really turn expensive now to stream.....if they feel like gauging people...
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I dont think it will affect things right away however we may be forced to pay a highher fee on CR to watch if they go after the websites to pay more!But how do you tht ? So many ISP's and Wirelees providers it's gets confusing.However the FCC has a right to appeal and stiil can impose rules!

CNET Partial Quotes

Does this mean the FCC has no authority to regulate the Internet?
No, not at all. In fact, the court rejected Verizon's argument that Congress did not give the FCC jurisdiction over broadband access:This part of the decision is an important victory for the FCC. If the court had sided with Verizon on this argument, then it would have called into question the agency's authority to institute any regulation pertaining to the Internet or broadband providers.



What does this decision mean for me, the average Internet user? The first thing you need to keep in mind is that nothing will change for consumers right away. As with most major court decisions, there won't be any immediate fallout.
But what this court decision does do is pave the way for changes in Internet service business models in the future. And that could have a huge effect on the services that consumers use.



But I'm still not sure how that affects me. Does this mean my broadband provider will likely start charging me more for a prioritized service? It's a possibility. Your broadband service provider could establish a service in which Gold customers pay more and are guaranteed a certain quality of service over Silver or Bronze customers.
But what's more likely to happen is that broadband providers will strike deals with content providers, as I mentioned above. And this will indirectly affect consumers potentially in negative and positive ways. On the positive side, video streaming services could get more reliable. The experience may be improved for customers willing to pay more for service.
There are also some potential negative consequences. If Internet startups' innovation is stifled, because they can't afford to "pay to play," then fewer new services will be available. But these types of services also set the stage for consumers to be caught in the middle of disputes between large companies over service fees.


http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57617242-94/why-you-should-care-about-net-neutrality-faq/
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I really hope they appeal and win.... Seems like some people got padded pockets to vote this down in favor of ISPs
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BigMikeSz wrote:

I really hope they appeal and win.... Seems like some people got padded pockets to vote this down in favor of ISPs


What, pockets being padded from a government decision? Surely not! After all, aren't the gov folks the only ones who can legally print their own money, but still tax us until we can't afford food. . .we can trust them!
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moonhawk81 wrote:


BigMikeSz wrote:

I really hope they appeal and win.... Seems like some people got padded pockets to vote this down in favor of ISPs


What, pockets being padded from a government decision? Surely not! After all, aren't the gov folks the only ones who can legally print their own money, but still tax us until we can't afford food. . .we can trust them!



Lol I couldn't agree more!
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Posted 1/15/14
I think it's time for a fascist takeover, or a foreign invasion by a Canada/Mexican joint alliance.
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awww dam it and this probably go over to uk soon
its like a sly pipa and acta move under the radar
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Net neutrality is a law to combat a problem that has yet to show up, and could have its own serious side effects. In its aim, net neutrality would be trying to limit the power of companies to control their own networks, regardless if they have been abusive about their practices or not. Companies merge, change, and are subject to collapse. You can move from town to two, state to state and find a different set of ISPs.

However, if you grant the FCC more regulatory power to regulate what an ISP can do with it's own property, how far is it until they use new power to regulate -what- an ISP can carry over it's own network. To add to it, you can't move from state to state and escape the FCC rules. You'd have to leave the country. Also, this has the potential to turn the current Internet into what broadcast TV was to Cable. That would actually exacerbate the problem it originally set out to prevent. To add to this net neutrality doesn't affect wireless networks.


I know its trendy to demonize big business, but in this case people are against the businesses for something they haven't done, to create a law that would actually encourage what it is meant to combat.
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Posted 1/15/14
AT&T announced it will begin sponsored data plans that would allow a company such as Twitter to pick up a consumer’s data costs when using its social network. That arrangement could spur more use by Twitter’s customers, but may also make it harder for small firms that want to compete with Twitter to get discovered.

Tip of the iceberg there. Pay us ISPs for premium service OR we can legally throtal bandwidth to you. Give it another month and let's see who get's robbed at gun point.
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More links
http://torrentfreak.com/court-throws-net-neutrality-overboard-but-comcast-wont-ban-torrents-140114/
(It's NOT a torrent site, it's an article site)

And imo this is just too damn sick.

What if you premium members on here have to pay extra because you use it so much?
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Posted 1/15/14 , edited 1/15/14
"Net neutrality is a law to combat a problem that has yet to show up, and could have its own serious side effects. In its aim, net neutrality would be trying to limit the power of companies to control their own networks, regardless if they have been abusive about their practices or not. Companies merge, change, and are subject to collapse. You can move from town to two, state to state and find a different set of ISPs."


However happy you are to put your trust in the wisdom and generosity of companies, please consider the harm this could do to everyday people, including US. The Internet is full of informative and helpful sites put up by people who are enthusiastic about some subject or activity--and by their small businesses, like this one. We all use such sites, including this one, if we have any hobby or fun interest at all.

But the natural end result of this new Appeals Court decision is that gradually the net will split into a fast, priveleged corporate sector, made of up big commercial sites aimed at a mass audience, and a slow "backwater" sector, where all those informative and fun sites we now rely on can only be accessed slowly or not at all. Wait a while, and your Internet will turn to junk. Remember when you had nothing to watch but broadcast TV! (You're probably too young to remember that, but, believe me, it was BORING.)

People who love manga and anime, which are definitely minority interests in the USA, have a lot to lose in the world this court decision is going to bring us.
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Posted 1/15/14
*thinks*

I wonder what the odds are of this going to the Supreme Court? That would be the final decision; a Court of Appeals is only a stepping stone.
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