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Web host gives FCC a 28.8Kbps slow lane...

Discussion in 'Computer & Technology' started by slowmo, May 9, 2014.

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    Web host gives FCC a 28.8Kbps slow lane in net neutrality protest
    by Jon Brodkin

    Lots of people are angry about FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's Internet "fast lane" proposal that would let Internet service providers charge Web services for priority access to consumers. But one Web hosting service called NeoCities isn't just writing letters to the FCC. Instead, the company found the FCC's internal IP address range and throttled all connections to 28.8Kbps speeds.

    "Since the FCC seems to have no problem with this idea, I've (through correspondence) gotten access to the FCC's internal IP block, and throttled all connections from the FCC to 28.8kbps modem speeds on the Neocities.org front site, and I'm not removing it until the FCC pays us for the bandwidth they've been wasting instead of doing their jobs protecting us from the 'keep America's internet slow and expensive forever' lobby," NeoCities creator Kyle Drake wrote yesterday.


    NeoCities offers free and paid Web hosting. As Drake noted, FCC access to NeoCities is being throttled on the home page only, and not on websites created by NeoCities users.

    Drake called Wheeler a "cable industry hand-picked lobbyist" and wrote that the FCC may not be protecting US consumers because "they got a dump truck full of money from the cable corporation lobby."

    "If it bothers you that I'm doing this, I want to point out that everyone is going to be doing crap like this after the FCC rips apart Net Neutrality," he wrote. "It's time for the Web to organize and stand up against these thugs before they ruin everything that the Web stands for."

    Drake put his FCC-throttling Nginx code on GitHub for anyone who wants to use it on their own site.

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    I don't know if you have been following this but it affects everyone that uses the internet. It is the latest effort to turn the internet into the new modern version of TV where only those that make the money control what you see or have a choice of viewing.

    FCC Tom Wheeler is new to his job. He came in from having held the job of CEO of cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association which he held up to 2005. One of his other claims to fame, is he spent 6 weeks campaigning for Obama and raised $500,000 for both of Obama's political election efforts.

    Now what has brought all this about, was that under the previous FCC head, net neutrality was a by word and the FCC did an authority grab over a place that congress had not specifically given the FCC rule over. Verizon took the FCC to court over this and won. Within a week of that, Netflix was seeing it's slow down on internet traffic.

    Now Wheeler has claimed it's ok to do internet slow downs as long as those ISPs and major corporations don't try to gouge those they are wanting to pay more for traffic. It seems they reserve the right at the FCC to be the ones to determine at what point gouging takes place.

    Since then, major internet companies such as Google, Netflix, Microsoft, and many others have sent a signed letter asking Wheeler to back off. This comes on the heels of the other two chairs of the FCC also requesting Wheeler to not go this route. Yesterday, a protest group sat on the steps to the FCC building protesting this net neutrality proposal. Now comes out this where the FCC is getting a taste of just what pay-to-play means. Couldn't happen at a better time.

    Where this effects you, is when you go to watch a stream on the net, if they are a big enough company and haven't forked over the money for a premium lane access, you will be forever waiting on buffering to finish just so you can watch it. Short of downloading it, you will wind up giving up in frustration.

    So how long after this that downloading is considered a bandwidth eater that needs extra payment for in the form of a higher internet bill you have to pay. It's headed that way in the end if this isn't stopped. That's called mission creep and it happens in every large government organization and some major corporations seeking ever more profits.

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