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Comment Re:"Tax the rich" canard (Score 1) 395

How about we agree to tax everyone equal. Not in $ amount but what is fair by taxing everyone equal in %. So that includes payroll, capital gains, consumer tax, etc. Instead Romney etc pay 10% and middle class pay 23%. Poor end up paying 10%.

Currently the middle class is getting squeezed for everyone else.

Comment Re:I like this guy but... (Score 1) 438

Yep, since telephone is under title II regulations, there are many things I would like to say to my friends and family, that damn regulation has continued to stop me. In fact there are so many political and social items I would like to discuss on the phone. Unfortunately that title II regulation keeps making my phone hang up.
PS. Regulation does not always equal we control all of it and decide what will work on it. Usually regulation states how the "owners" must allow competition to utilize it's copper lines.

Submission + - McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance->

jriding writes: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act.

The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the governmentâ(TM)s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

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Submission + - Good News! The DOJ Might Kill the Comcast-Time Warner Merger -> 1

jriding writes: The Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger has been in the works for so long, itâ(TM)s starting to feel like the impending monopolistic telecom Frankenbaby was inevitable. But the Justice Department may kibosh the deal for violating antitrust laws, according to a report from Bloomberg.

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Comment Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 327

Business owners were and have always been allowed to speak.
The business they own has not. No one ever said a business person was not allowed to contribute or speak.
The problem is now the business is allowed to speak with as much money as they have.
Having laws that says you are only allowed to contribute X amount means that everyone has the chance to speak and those that are VASTLY more wealthy then others will not be able to drown out all of the "common" folk.

Comment Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 2) 441

If that was the case then it would still be illegal to plug in your own phone! PSTN IS STILL UNDER TITLE II.
The only reason you can even own your own phone and plug it into the phone line is because of title II.
How do you keep getting to rewrite history to make it suit your agenda!
A belief is not facts. And just because you REALLY believe something does not make it a fact.

Comment Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 5, Informative) 441

Do you just not understand how history works?
Before regulations you had to RENT your phone. You were only allowed 1 provider for your local phone and could pick a long distance carrier.
Insert Title 2, phone lines became dumb pipes, then all the cool stuff you posted about like internet, answering machines, caller id, modems, DSL etc came in to being. Regulations and breaking up AT&T so there was competition is what got everything going.
I say bring back the government that had a backbone and a set of balls. Break up some of these banks! Break up the cable companies! Fuck em. You will hear all the people scream about how the government shouldn't meddle in private business, but its the only thing they listen to. Start breaking them up and see how all of a sudden they start to play nice, so they don't get broken up as well.

Submission + - FCC posts its 400-page net neutrality order->

jriding writes: Simply titled "Open Internet FCC-15-24A1," the order runs 400 pages.
The actual text of the new rules is only 305 words long.
Wheeler said reclassifying broadband as an utility gives the FCC its best shot at withstanding legal challenges. The courts have twice tossed out earlier rules aimed at protecting Internet openness. The FCC chairman has said repeatedly the agency does not intend to set rates or add new taxes to broadband bills. More than 100 pages of the 400-page document released Thursday explain that forbearance.

AT&T had hinted it would file a lawsuit once the new rules become public. The company's chief lobbyist, Jim Cicconi, didn't indicate Thursday when or even if AT&T would sue — only that the battle is far from over.

"Unfortunately, the order released today begins a period of uncertainty that will damage broadband investment in the United States," Cicconi said. "Ultimately, though, we are confident the issue will be resolved by bipartisan action by Congress or a future FCC, or by the courts."

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