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Keep the Internet Neutral not Neutered


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What's the FCC?
Is it global?
Is this blog really the right place for this kind of article?
#1 Paul King on 2011-02-16 15:38 (Reply)
"The FCC took over wire communication regulation from the Interstate Commerce Commission. The FCC's mandated jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. However, the FCC also provides varied degrees of cooperation, oversight, and leadership for similar communications bodies in other countries of North America. The FCC has a 2009 proposed budget of $466 million which is funded by $1 million in taxpayer appropriations and the rest in regulatory fees. It has 1,899 "full-time equivalent" federal employees."

I got that from Wikipedia... Wikipedia may not be available to me if it gets "choked" out of existence. I live in Canada. What affects the US affects the world in one way or another, like it or not.
#2 Glenn Slingsby on 2011-02-16 19:26 (Reply)
In some countries (primarily communist or dictatorship countries) practices like this are already in place. In said countries communication is filtered for political reasons. In the good old US, the ISP's want to be more like tv. Advertisers pay the network to play their commercials, and consumers pay to see what the networks want us to see. The ISP's want websites to pay them to be supported on their network, and us the consumers to pay to see what they want us to see. So no commercialism is not communism. They just do the same things for different reasons.
#3 Michael Williams on 2011-02-16 20:00 (Reply)

Don't suppose there's any news on stainless steel wall thickness or multiple interlaced shells?
#4 Paul King on 2011-02-16 20:04 (Reply)
Hi Paul,
I think this is important as Shapeways is trying to achieve is based on an open, unrestricted internet. If you feel this is too far off topic, my apologies.

U.S. users may not know this is currently being discussed, but they are the only ones with the power to have their voice heard, and only for a short time.
The ramifications are huge and could effect the entire internet for a long time.
#5 Duann on 2011-02-16 21:18 (Reply)
Fair doos... come you Americans who haven't heard of this before... you've only got a few hours to make a difference to the future of worldwide internet usage ;-)
#6 Paul King on 2011-02-16 22:05 (Reply)

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