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Fliegenmong
30th Jan 2014, 10:27
Sorry, it's copied and pasted and all the ' > ' came along too...


Great Obama Firewall Descends Upon America
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> “Just as we are beginning to see the power that free resources produce, changes in the architecture of the Internet--both legal and technical--are sapping the Internet of this power. Fueled by bias in favor of control, pushed by those whose financial interest favor control, our social and political institutions are ratifying changes in the Internet that will reestablish control, in turn, reduce innovation on the Internet and in society generally.”
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> Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University
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> Special Report from Sister Ciara
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> In a world where the United Nations' Human Rights Council unanimously ruled that Internet access is a human right, a committee of the European Parliament voted to protect the Internet for their citizens, the nation of Finland became the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right, and the peoples of South Korea, Switzerland, Germany, France (to just name a few) pay an average of $25.00 a month for a 500 Mbps connection that's 58 times faster than the US average which people in New York pay in excess of $300.00 a month for…this past week has seen what is being called “The Great Obama Firewall” descend upon the United States and its nearly 314 million citizens.
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> Though similar to The Golden Shield Project (colloquially referred to as the Great Firewall of China), which is an Internet censorship and surveillance project operated by the Ministry of Public Security division of the government of China since 2003, “The Great Obama Firewall” is infinitely more insidious as it now allows only the few largest Internet firms in the United States to control 90% of the news and information to be seen the American public.
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> The genesis of “The Great Obama Firewall” began with The Telecommunications Act of 1996 that the American people were told would usher in a new era of competition, but who got just the opposite when the number of companies that control their media went from around 50 in the 1980s to six today, and all while having their local media coverage being decimated and leaving them with the illusion of infinite choice when what they really have is one oligopolistic corporate voice controlling nearly everything they read, see and hear.
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> Even worse are that these few behemoth corporations controlling all of the information in America were only able to accomplish this by a mandated provision of The Telecommunications Act of 1996 called the Universal Service Fund (USF) that paid for (and is still paying for) the entire broadband Internet infrastructure throughout the United States with their own citizens tax dollars!
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> To understand how this was able to come about one has to understand that the telecommunication industry is one of the biggest lobbying groups in the US, and it exerts tremendous influence over the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is often thought of as a classic “captured agency” — one that is run by the very people and businesses it’s supposed to be regulating.
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> The “revolving door” between the FCC and industry is evident in President Obama’s recent appointment of new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a telecom lobbyist and venture capitalist who is called an “Obama loyalist” willing to do anything to protect his industries interests against the rights of the American people.
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> An example of who Obama’s “captured agency” FCC protects is former Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg who said that web applications (like search engines, online video, VoIP telephone) need to “share the cost” of broadband - broadband that's already been paid for by the American people! “We have to make sure that they [application providers] don't sit on our network and chew up bandwidth. We need to pay for the pipe.”
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> Now to fully understand how “The Great Obama Firewall” being implemented by the FCC is going to change forever the entire American culture forever you need to know the significance of the Net Neutrality ruling just handed down this week by Obama’s Federal Court in Washington D.C.
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> In its simplest terms, Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.
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> What’s new with this latest Obama court decision is that the same amount of bandwidth may now cost more for some uses than others, and many uses could be limited — or even excluded entirely. It’s as though the delivery speed of two identical pieces of mail depended upon who dropped them in the mailbox — or the price of a telephone call varied based upon what the caller happens to say while on the line.
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> Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps in 2010 warned about the dangers of this happening when he told the New York Times that he wanted to make sure the Internet “doesn’t travel down the same road of special interest consolidation and gate-keeper control that other media and telecommunications industries — radio, television, film and cable—have traveled.” “What an historic tragedy it would be,” he said, “to let that fate befall the dynamism of the Internet.”
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> Well, I’m sorry to tell you all, but this “historic tragedy” is now a reality in America and it will never be the same again.
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> Even as I write these words, the “algorithms of censorship and control” are now being unleashed upon the entire United States secreting out and destroying every dissenting website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter comment, YouTube video, you name it…ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING on the Internet in America relating to information you are not allowed to know about is being systematically eradicated.
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> The ONLY protections you have left behind “The Great Obama Firewall” are those sites, like ours, which continue to defy these monster corporations and their political lapdogs to continue our missions to keep you informed with the TRUTH
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MY REPLY.........

Not sure I understand all of 'My Friend'?

"The ONLY protections you have left behind “The Great Obama Firewall” are those sites, like ours, which continue to defy these monster corporations"

What sites (Harvard?), and how do they manage to defy monster corporations?

1996 was a Clinton administration?, and 2 Bush administrations after Clinton did nothing?....given that Obama can't be elected president more that twice (the 22nd amendment), and the pendulum of public opinion may well swing back to the GOP, (Nov 8 2016 next pres. election?)

What will or may they do to repeal this?

Bugger all I'd imagine!

And finally, in the land of the free....I simply refuse the above could happen...IT IS THE LAND OF THE FREE!!!

I'm yet to hear back from my Obama hating mate.....:hmm:

Rick777
31st Jan 2014, 20:56
I didn't read your full post because when I read the term Obama's Supreme Court I knew you have no clue about American politics. Obama is Democrat and quite liberal. The majority ib the Supreme Court are conservative and definitly not in agreement with Obama on much of anything. The striking down of the net neutrality law in order to help a few large businesses is very much in the Republican style and not Democrat..

Gertrude the Wombat
31st Jan 2014, 21:08
The majority ib the Supreme Court are conservative and definitly not in agreement with Obama on much of anything.
Just another bizarre seeming aspect of the American Way (to us aliens, at least), that the senior court is political rather than judicial.

cavortingcheetah
31st Jan 2014, 21:14
Of the nine incumbent members of the US Supreme Court, two, both women, were appointed by Obama and two by Clinton. The other five were appointed during various Bush and Reagan administrations. The court is thus pretty evenly split on ideology with the swing vote, often siding with the liberal element, being provided by Justice Kennedy, a Reagan appointee.

If you wish to examine political appointments among the judiciary in alien country, you need look no further than that of Nicolas Bratza, the recent British President of the European Court of Human Rights.

arcniz
31st Jan 2014, 21:34
Shades of...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f8/Color_icon_gray_v2.svg/220px-Color_icon_gray_v2.svg.png

People who write political diatribes and issue polemics tend to not see much in shades of nuance or gradation. The signs are clear enough -- prominent display of a short few political icon names and bitter complaining -- absent much in the way of constructive suggestions. Strong smell of magical socialism, a common factor also commonly found when overheated but under-informed folk do a rant.

An overlay of innocence regarding the economics of service-provider markets, and particularly of the capital-intensive politically sacrosanct telcoms, disables the author's arguments and damages his nominal cause by missing the real point more or less entirely.

Gertrude the Wombat
31st Jan 2014, 22:30
If you wish to examine political appointments among the judiciary in alien country, you need look no further than that of Nicolas Bratza, the recent British President of the European Court of Human Rights.
I'm quite happy to accept that some of the European courts are political too, I don't much approve of that either.