Thom's blog - Tuesday November 30th, 2010

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's picture
Blue Mark 4 years 2 weeks ago
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deleted comment - reposted in tuesday daily comments - the intended place.

4Buckley 4 years 2 weeks ago
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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.

michael deterding's picture
michael deterding 4 years 2 weeks ago
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Seed, Time, Harvest.

The formula of life.

Although,

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.

The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Right through the worst of the Bush years and into the present, Thom Hartmann has been one of the very few voices constantly willing to tell the truth. Rank him up there with Jon Stewart, Bill Moyers, and Paul Krugman for having the sheer persistent courage of his convictions."
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann channels the best of the American Founders with voice and pen. His deep attachment to a democratic civil society is just the medicine America needs."
Tom Hayden, author of The Long Sixties and director, Peace and Justice Resource Center.
From Screwed:
"I think many of us recognize that for all but the wealthiest, life in America is getting increasingly hard. Screwed explores why, showing how this is no accidental process, but rather the product of conscious political choices, choices we can change with enough courage and commitment. Like all of Thom’s great work, it helps show us the way forward."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While