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house Bill H.R. 2136

Preventing ISPs From Blocking or Throttling Content While Allowing Paid Prioritization

Argument in favor

This bill strikes an appropriate balance between ensuring that ISPs can’t block or throttle content on the internet while allowing for innovative services like paid prioritization to be attempted.

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10/20/2019
What is actually needed is Net Neutrality. It isn't just about putting the preferred advertisers of whichever stripe at the top of the search result. It is about notably slower internet connections and so forth. That bill is a poor substitute. It all comes of making people who are clearly not much like tech-savvy make decisions after dealing/ consulting with people who will be the sole beneficiaries of little or no net neutrality.
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Reeeeeeed's Opinion
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10/19/2019
Net neutrality lite is better than no net neutrality at all, and is a stepping stone back to true net neutrality. Net neutrality, which is only able to be ensured by the government, is necessary for a free and open internet which in turn is necessary for a free and open society in today’s age. While this plan does still allow for paid prioritization, which is a problem, the prevention of throttling is still very important and having one of these two issues resolved is better than having none.
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Brian's Opinion
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10/19/2019
The big internet companies need to be regulated. The FTC used to handle these things because it is interstate commerce. The FCC should also get involved because the airwaves are involved. I think our congress is leaving them alone because they are getting their pockets filled for looking the other way.
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Argument opposed

This bill doesn’t go nearly far enough in terms of re-imposing net neutrality rules, as paid prioritization of content should not be allowed. States should be able to make their own open internet standards.

jimK's Opinion
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10/20/2019
No, net neutrality! Internet service providers are not specialty services anymore. They are necessary services which are essentially utilities in nature; services that for the most part are necessary in today’s world. They should be regulated as such. Would we let the gas company throttle the gas supply to poorer sections of town? Would we let the phone companies give priority to phone calls from paying ‘callers’-and be further inundated by telemarketers, scammers, politicians and so many, many charities? No, that would be inconceivable. My cellular provider provides high speed data access up to a small limit which I set, because I do not use much of the cellular data feeds. After my limit is reached, they throttle the data speed which is fine by me; I agreed to this in order to get the better rate for data availability which I minimally use. ISP’s are utilities and should be treated/regulated in the same matter as land line phones, natural gas and electric utilities. Enough of this game playing crap to give priority access to paying web servers and throttling the rest.
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Frank-001's Opinion
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10/20/2019
Oppose the bill. We need Full Net Neutrality not some half baked nonsense.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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10/20/2019
Full net neutrality! I don’t want a lite version. The internet is a UTILITY.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedApril 8th, 2019
    What is actually needed is Net Neutrality. It isn't just about putting the preferred advertisers of whichever stripe at the top of the search result. It is about notably slower internet connections and so forth. That bill is a poor substitute. It all comes of making people who are clearly not much like tech-savvy make decisions after dealing/ consulting with people who will be the sole beneficiaries of little or no net neutrality.
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    No, net neutrality! Internet service providers are not specialty services anymore. They are necessary services which are essentially utilities in nature; services that for the most part are necessary in today’s world. They should be regulated as such. Would we let the gas company throttle the gas supply to poorer sections of town? Would we let the phone companies give priority to phone calls from paying ‘callers’-and be further inundated by telemarketers, scammers, politicians and so many, many charities? No, that would be inconceivable. My cellular provider provides high speed data access up to a small limit which I set, because I do not use much of the cellular data feeds. After my limit is reached, they throttle the data speed which is fine by me; I agreed to this in order to get the better rate for data availability which I minimally use. ISP’s are utilities and should be treated/regulated in the same matter as land line phones, natural gas and electric utilities. Enough of this game playing crap to give priority access to paying web servers and throttling the rest.
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    Oppose the bill. We need Full Net Neutrality not some half baked nonsense.
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    Full net neutrality! I don’t want a lite version. The internet is a UTILITY.
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    Net neutrality lite is better than no net neutrality at all, and is a stepping stone back to true net neutrality. Net neutrality, which is only able to be ensured by the government, is necessary for a free and open internet which in turn is necessary for a free and open society in today’s age. While this plan does still allow for paid prioritization, which is a problem, the prevention of throttling is still very important and having one of these two issues resolved is better than having none.
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    Net neutrality is a LIE! And now some rino wants “neutrality lite”? No, Keep the internet free and neutral by keeping the government out of it. The free market works just fine.
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    NET NEUTRALITY NOW. Ajit Pai had no right to sell our public utility to his owners.
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    Since Trump appointed an industry shill over the FCC, there has been a concerted effort to screw consumers and limit content. This is both un-American and anti democratic. This bill is an attempt to provide a fig leaf while increasing corporate profits even more. If we don’t want to end up like China, we’d better ALL fight this.
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    BRING BACK TRUE net neutrality!!!
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    Changed my vote. I want net neutrality back. This is not net neutrality. Net neutrality, net neutrality, net neutrality!!!!!
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    The big internet companies need to be regulated. The FTC used to handle these things because it is interstate commerce. The FCC should also get involved because the airwaves are involved. I think our congress is leaving them alone because they are getting their pockets filled for looking the other way.
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    This is more corporate welfare
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    No. This has the same effect as throttling. The sites that can afford to get their content to you faster will pay to do so leaving less-off competitors to suffer.
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    Net neutrality is what we want. This is not it.
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    Internet freedom at all levels speeds and content No prioritization for higher prices
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    This bill didn’t go far enough to restore net neutrality.
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    We need net neutrality. Period.
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    Nay, because it is back by the same numskull who voted to roll back our Net Neutrality in the 1st place. Which, despite having won back the house, Democrats have yet to reinstate.
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    Net Neutrality! Not anything less!
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    This would put all the power in the hands of those companies and individuals who have money to pay for their content to be promoted, and that's not neutral. That will over time increase inequality of access and information for all communities, which will erode the availability of the services we need. Restore full net neutrality now.
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