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Comcast is scared

Exciting news! The Internet Slowdown net neutrality protest planned for September 10th is really taking off. This morning, a dozen of the world’s largest websites announced that they’re joining in a big way. Sites you know and love like Etsy, Kickstarter, Wordpress, Vimeo, Mozilla, Namecheap, Foursquare, imgur, and reddit.

Everyone has a role in the Internet Slowdown. Click here https://www.battleforthenet.com/sept10th/ to find out what YOU can do.

Oh, but that’s not all that happened this morning. Just a few hours ago I got a phone call from a number in Washington, DC. The person on the other end tried to ask some questions without identifying themselves, but when I asked outright they told me they were from NCTA -- yep, as in the National Cable Television Association, aka Comcast’s lobbying army.

I couldn’t hold back a chuckle when they told me who they were, but I continued to be polite. They wanted to know when we would be announcing the names of the companies participating in the September 10th net neutrality protest. I suggested they take a look at the front page of The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/04/etsy-mozil... or at this op-ed by the CEO of Etsy in Wired, and mentioned they may want to check out this TIME Magazine article. Then I hung up.

After the call, I couldn’t stop smiling. I’ve been organizing for many years and one thing I’ve learned is that powerful enemies only start contacting you when they’re scared. If they don’t think you’re being effective, they ignore you.

Friends, we are giving some of the most powerful interests in the world a run for their money. And they have tons of money. We’ve got Comcast & company shaken up and scared. This is our chance to to drive the message home and win this once and for all.

All the tools you need for the battle are here: https://www.battleforthenet.com/sept10th/

If you’ve got a website, blog, or Tumblr run the “slowdown” widget on your site to symbolically show your users a “loading” message and help people understand what the Web could be like without net neutrality. If you don’t have a site, change your profile pic to the “loading” symbol, so that the entire Internet is alive with protest on September 10th, and forward this email to everyone you know to spread the word.

The truth is, unlike Comcast and their cronies, we have nothing to hide. A report from the Sunlight Foundation yesterday showed that 99% of comments the FCC has received are in support of net neutrality. The public agrees, and hell hath no fury like the Internet scorned. As I write this email, I’m feeling more hopeful about our chances of victory in the battle for net neutrality than I have since we started this fight.

We can win this, and when we do, it’s a victory we can put in the history books.

For the Internet,

-Evan Greer at Fight for the Future

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"Net neutrality" . A feel

"Net neutrality" . A feel good name just like Patriot Act or No Child Left Behind.

disgruntled and uppity

Net neutrality is just a government fix to a government problem

People say we need the government to protect net neutrality, yet the government is the one preventing these giant internet companies from having to deal with competition in the first place.

Tell me about it

I find it hilarious as I post in forums about the lack of free market or see others point to these monopolies, duopolies, as proof that free markets don't work. Then we get articles where AT&T has said that local governments shouldn't be able to compete with them in any area they are at or where they may be at. And then go on to state that anybody who comes in must provide even more coverage than AT&T currently is.

Now I get to sit back, chuckle, and use my very large bag of "I told you so"s. I really, really hate being right but it is funny to watch people back peddal as the truth finally comes out into the open. As a bonus my posts don't get as many down votes and we get into better discussions on all subjects. :)

Nice! Straight to the point

Although I would replace "preventing" with "protecting" these giant internet companies. The biggest source of inequality comes from government granting special privileges/positions, especially in business.

"There is only one kind of freedom and that's individual liberty. Our lives come from our creator and our liberty comes from our creator. It has nothing to do with government granting it." - Ron Paul

I'm sure Comcast is 'running

I'm sure Comcast is 'running scared'. This net neutrality is just another reason for government to control the internet if they really have their ways. Tom Woods talk about it on his podcast awhile back here: http://tomwoods.com/blog/net-neutrality-whats-the-libertaria...

Other companies that doesn't want to pay the bills for their large data usage and want Comcast to take care of their bills, especially Netflix. The end result will be the consumers who will see an increase in their bill and blame Comcast for it. It's a perfect plan if you're not Comcast.

Facebook really ought to join

Without the cute animal and stupid fail videos, Facebook wouldn't be much different than email. And say hello to lagmonster Facebook games.

This would get the sheeple up in arms and angry lol.

Google would be a great one

I'm not sure how they could make their video buffering even worse but they're smart; they can find a way.

It's hard

I despise Comcast (NBC Universal). Strongly dislike my cable company. The problem is that there is no competition. State imposed restrictions and regulations that make competition impossible.

If Comcast wanted to throttle it's customers, an individual cannot run to the competition. This is not only due to the "EVIL" cable companies, LOOK TO THE GOVERNMENT to see where the real problem is.

There is no ability for a privacy, speed, bandwidth-conscious internet provider to fill the gaps. Too much red tape.

It was only a matter of time for this to happen. It is a bummer. I love the premise of Net Neutrality, but it is flawed regulation in itself.

Laws and regulations do not just hurt the business, the cost is most always passed on to the consumer.

At my door I have...

Verizon Fios
Comcast Cable
Mellenium Cable
Broadstripe Cable

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

I hate you!

You lucky SOB.

We just got upgraded from AT&T DSL to AT&T U-Verse. Same costs per speed but a bit more reliable and a drop more on the datacap. Across the street, literally not figuratively, they have the choice of Comcast or AT&T which isn't much better but it is a choice. The sad part is that Comcast is actually the lesser of the two evils.

You are lucky

I am in California, there are zoning requirements for cable companies. I believe the FCC has its hand deep in that as well.

I do have the option for AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV of course, but that is competition from Phone and Satellite vs. Cable, where in SoCal, it's 1 operator per zone. I believe there was bidding involved also. It is all so disgusting.

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The Internet tells us what the elites are planning

They want it gone. We want it here.

In its original design, it was made to withstand a nuclear war. During the music wars in the 90s, came the quote "The Internet treats censorship as damage, and routes around it."

Our brains are similarly wired to withstand damage. I love extrapolation.

I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
http://fija.org - Fully Informed Jury Association
http://jsjinc.net - Jin Shin Jyutsu (energy healing)

There is no damage. only unscheduled


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Not sure I understand what you mean

This was an email I received from FFTF - I copied & pasted.

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