If you like GMG, you’d better tell the FCC

I’m not kidding.  The FCC is seriously considering new rules that would allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to slow down content from GMG and speed up content from someone else, who’s willing to pay extra to have their content delivered faster.  So, for example, if a large media company (e.g., AOL, Time Warner, Comcast, Universal) wanted to start a local blog, it could pay your ISP to have its content delivered faster and have GMG’s content slowed down.  Now if you don’t think ISPs would intentionally slow things down, watch this very funny, and insightful piece by John Oliver:

Lots of people have already commented — so many that the FCC site crashed last week.  Technically, the deadline for the first round of public comments is over, but there’s another round and you can still comment here.

Not convinced?  Watch this more in-depth New York Times piece on Net Neutrality.

I don’t usually make political posts on GMG, but this issue affects the blog itself, so I figure it’s time to take some action.



  • You go get em!! I love John Oliver and this clip was great!! Jon Stewart has had some great clips about it as well. We all need to fight this!!


  • All about the almighty $$$ again and the only thing that should trump anything is a public safety item Dave 😦


  • The FCC should not have control of this. They are approaching the internet like its radio or television, but its a whole different animal. These guys don’t even understand the basics of the technology, and they are poised to destroy it. Think about the Comcast Customer Service Nightmare Phone Call that went viral last week – if Comcast could slow down the streaming rate to a crawl on people trying to listen to it, they would without hesitation.

    Adding to the situation is the recent decision by the SCOTUS that corporations can now have religious view points, and stop providing birth control for their employees through their insurance plans based on their religious beliefs. Using the same logic, your ISP, a corporation, could stop delivering content to you based on the corporation’s ‘religious beliefs’.


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