Wednesday could be the beginning of the end for Net Neutrality 24 replies

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Lyon

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#1 9 years ago

You might have caught the Net Neutrality shit storm which was caused by the Virgin CEO saying that he doesn't care for it last year.

Well you also may or may not have heard that the European parliment will be voting on some new net neutrality laws on Wednesday the 6th.

More specifically, they'll be voting on some new amendments called the "Telecom package".

It boils down to this: If the vote goes one way ISPs will be able to do whatever they want with our connections. Basically they can block what they want.

If it goes the other way, then net neutrality will become law, and they won't be allowed to mess around with our connections.

Pretty fucked up really, especially considering members of parliment don't even know how any of this works.

Your thoughts?

Personally I think that even if things don't go in favor of neutrality, things might still be okay thanks to competitive ISPs. I don't know though, I'd rather it go the other way. This only affects us Euros, but it's still pretty big.




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#2 9 years ago

From my understanding, this will not be taking place in the US. Am I correct in that assumption?


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#3 9 years ago

Yes, but who knows whether or not certain people in the U.S will get some bright ideas if they see these amendments passed and being taken advantage of.




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#4 9 years ago

I hope it stays in the east...I don't want that crap over in my country lol


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#5 9 years ago

Considering the way the EU hit mobile operators recently, we can probably surmise that the vote will go in the direction that's positive for the consumer.




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#6 9 years ago

Yeah. I'm not trying to be ignorant or an over-patriotic asshole, but if it does happen, I do hope it stays in the east. One of my reasons for this is that there would be so much violence if it happened over here.


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#7 9 years ago

I don't see how this would affect anyone except those with an overly incompetent ISP.




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#8 9 years ago
Serio;4882040I don't see how this would affect anyone except those with an overly incompetent ISP.

Think about it. They could have diffrent packages allowing certain sites, and blocking others. And then there could be a really expensive package allowing all sites.


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#9 9 years ago
Dragonelf68;4882039Yeah. I'm not trying to be ignorant or an over-patriotic asshole, but if it does happen, I do hope it stays in the east. One of my reasons for this is that there would be so much violence if it happened over here.

I'd be hoping for the same thing if I was in your shoes too.

I don't see how this would affect anyone except those with an overly incompetent ISP.

Example for you:

If your ISP runs their own phone company, they could block Skype.

They have their own video uploading website? They could block youtube or dailymotion if they wanted to.

They have their own search engine? They could block google (though something like that I doubt they'd get away with..)

I know it's unlikely even if it does get passed, but I'd rather not have to worry about it.




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#10 9 years ago
Dragonelf68;4882042Think about it. They could have diffrent packages allowing certain sites, and blocking others. And then there could be a really expensive package allowing all sites.

So they'd pull a cable television stunt?