I shared a video a while back that was a spoof on the Net Neutrality issue, not sure if I posted it here or not but I remember Thumdar and I chatting about it a while back. It may be a spoof but the point of it was serious. Many people blew it off but guess what? It is happening now. We also discussed a few years ago on NuVO, about the issues in Australia where they attempted something similar with 'adult' sites.
So what does it mean? Net Neutrality is a term that has come about to indicate "free" internet. Free as in we can currently browse any website we choose to go to, regardless of whether it is a small start up or a national or international company. What is being proposed by the ISP (internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T, TimeWarner Cable, Comcast, etc), however, means that small businesses, those small websites you enjoy, blogs, upcoming start up websites and so much more, would have to either come up with hundreds of thousands of dollars to 'buy' connections so that their website can be seen, or never have their website seen. It is essentially the same thing as paying for cable but for the internet.
Websites from over seas would have to pay access rights so that you can view them and you would have to pay additional premiums to have access to over seas websites. It means websites like Walmart, Disney, and other high level websites would do just fine as they have the money to spend on such privileges but sites like Etsy, your favorite blog, your favorite fan site, all those wiki's you go to for information, even Wikipedia (which is by donations only), and yes, NuVera Online and Thumdar would be at risk and may have to shut down since no one will see them anyway. That is, unless they can suddenly get the funds to pay all these premiums to the ISPs to allow their website access to the people using their services. It means new start ups will not be seen unless they have huge pockets full of money to pay these ISPs so that their websites can be seen. Essentially, it means small businesses and start ups will no longer be feasible. It means your relatives over seas would have to pay additional premiums to view your photos and blogs, etc, online and vice versa. It means you are paying twice for the same service since you are already paying a premium just to have internet access, now they want to charge you extra to actually use it as the base package will limit what you can browse.
In short, it allows ISPs to charge companies for access to its users and charge users for access to certain websites and services. This is just like the Pay-Per-View system on cable and satellite television.
Here it is straight from the White House. A petition against the FCC changing the open internet has been responded to by the White house but apparently things have changed since this petition as the issue is being brought up again:
There are more petitions, just do a search online for Net Neutrality Petition and sign the one you feel works best for you. We need to band together and stop this now. Apparently 100 000 signatures was not enough. We need 500 000 to really make an impact but 1 000 000 would be even a louder voice.
If you want to read more articles type in Net Neutrality in your preferred search engine. This has been going on for a few years now and part of the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) has to do with this. THIS is what I have been saying for some time and now we only have a few short weeks left to do anything about it.
We only have until May 14, 2014 to make our voices heard on this matter. Sign this or other petitions in place. Let the FCC know that we do NOT want to pay high premiums to visit the websites WE want to frequent. There should not be a restriction on the internet. Read More...
On March 8, 2014 we will shut down the entries and open up the polls on the NuVera website for everyone to vote for their favorite version of this item. All of the entries will be on display in Deviedna's public area, St Patrick's Day Event Room for the entire week starting on this date.
The winning entries will receive the following;
1ST Place: 500 NN, A first place trophy.
2ND Place: 250 NN, A second place trophy.
3RD Place: 100 NN, A third place trophy.
All other entries will receive 100 TT to use towards NuVO Market items or their hobbies and crafting skill.
On March 15, 2014, around 6 PM (18:00) EST, Deviedna and EzSilver will be co-hosting the event in their "St Patrick's Day Event Room" public area. Check the Event planner under Socialize in the client to find out times when the event will start.
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