Thom's blog - Tuesday November 30th, 2010

You need to know this. We are now seeing the second attack on net neutrality from the same company - Comcast. Level 3 Communications – an Internet company that carries Netflix’s streaming movie service - was hit with what it called an unfair fee by Comcast for sending data across the Internet. Thomas Stortz – Level 3’s chief legal officer said - "Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network." If so - this would go directly against the FCC’s rule preventing Internet Service Providers from deciding on which type of web traffic they want to administer. It would also prove the lie of those who say the Internet is still free and wide-open and therefore legislation and government oversight is not needed. With Comcast on the verge of receiving federal approval to buyout NBC – we could see an avalanche of restrictions placed on Internet data by Comcast. If Comcast isn't stopped soon and suddenly by Congress or the Obama Administration, free and open Internet may be a thing of the past.


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Blue Mark 4 years 51 weeks ago

deleted comment - reposted in tuesday daily comments - the intended place.

4Buckley 4 years 51 weeks ago

The internet is the last bastion we have for free and open communication in this country! With most of the mainstream media controlled by the corporations, we have to resort to the internet to find out the truth. If the corporations take over the internet, we will all be consigned to the dark and our democracy will be truly lost.

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michael deterding 4 years 51 weeks ago

Seed, Time, Harvest.

The formula of life.


Intelectual property, this is the true realm of wealth/creation as it requires no resources, only life energy. This is the frontier of the explorer/maker.

Debt, ( credit ) as a citizen matures to legal culpability one becomes financially viable and able to indenture ones life energy. This is the sowing field of the moneylender . This is the frontier of the predator.

Bandwidth ( a region of energy spectra, generated electronically and controlled with legalism and technology) . By creating bandwidth and designating ownership , one can control/nurture/exploit the real ground over which one receives (downloads/uploads) content. This is a sowing/reaping field in a landless story.

Get busy farmers or you will soon become share croppers.

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