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    This was brought to my attention by another moderator on XDA developers, just thought I'd share here if anyone would like to participate.

    Hello all,

    Lately there has been a lot of news surrounding net neutrality in the US where cable companies want to be able to prioritize certain websites or services. Since this can have a lot of nasty consequences in regard to a free and open internet, a campaign has been started called "Internet Slowdown". The website for the campaign can be found here. The idea of this campaign is very similar to the sopastrike campaign that happend two years ago. (in which XDA-Developers participated) While the Internet Slowdown website explains it in more detail, it comes down to a pop-up that will be placed on the home page asking attention for Internet Slowdown, just like the SOPA campaign. A lot of big websites have already joined the Internet Slowdown campaign, including:

    • Etsy
    • Kickstarter
    • Foursquare
    • Wordpress
    • Vimeo
    • Reddit
    • Mozilla
    • Imgur
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    Typical overreaction to government overreaching.

    The idea of throttling/prioritizing bandwidth isn't new. It was around in the 90's...certain dialup ISPs and BBSes would prioritize connections based on who paid and how much. My original ISP did that, for example.

    This is also a self-correcting issue. Eventually, one of the ISPs involved will "sell out" and offer no prioritizing of services as a sales pitch. Of course, this is why government should stay out of the issue completely, but then it wouldn't be a Western socialist government if it did that.
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    The US government wants their hands in everything. The more they have their hands in the more they corrupt or destroy.
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    They've got nothing on the Province of Ontario...yet.

    Chapter IV | 2014 Ontario Budget

    I'm guessing there isn't a US state that has attempted, or is thinking about attempting, this scheme.
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