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Two-Tier Internet & The End of Freedom of Speech 364

Max Fomitchev writes "The proposed Two-Tier Internet bill threatens not only to raise prices on goods and services served online but also to seriously hamper free speech on Internet by allowing telecom providers choking user pages and blogs not associated with major content providers. What a perfect way of censorship..."
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Two-Tier Internet & The End of Freedom of Speech

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    by Stanistani ( 808333 ) on Wednesday May 31, 2006 @12:08PM (#15436184) Homepage Journal

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  • by gowen ( 141411 ) <> on Wednesday May 31, 2006 @12:13PM (#15436228) Homepage Journal
    Blogger with crap beard rants incoherently about Freedom.

    Film at 11.
  • by Corbets ( 169101 ) on Wednesday May 31, 2006 @12:16PM (#15436257) Homepage
    Unless you have not heard, Verizon, AT&T, Bell South and other telecommunications giants are lobbying Congress to establish a legal basis for charging website owners for traffic with the help of two-tier Internet.

    Sweet. So as long as we haven't heard about it, they're not actually doing it??? Then WTH is Slashdot doing, posting this crap and ruining the Internet for all of us?
  • by Tackhead ( 54550 ) on Wednesday May 31, 2006 @12:21PM (#15436325)
    > Remember: Your right to "free speech" does NOT come with a corresponding right to be heard.

    Yes it does -- every human being on the planet has a right to be heard every time they speak. Not just Americans! Every human being on the planet has this right.

    NSA is out there, burning billions of dollars and quadrillions of exaflops of computing power, all in a valiant effort to defend your right to be heard. And you just knock 'em off like that. Such ingratitude!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 31, 2006 @01:27PM (#15437007)
    I like that quotation: "While Net Neutrality bill sounds like overkill, two-tier Internet bill is ought to be stopped too."

    "is ought to be stopped too"? Nice grammar, Max.

    *What* bill? I understand that Thomas ( isn't always up-to-date, but, really, if there's any "bill" to be stopped, there oughta be an S. or H.R. reference number.

    "Hi, I wanted to let Representative Foo know that I oppose the 'Two-Tier Internet bill' and hope she will, too."

    "I see. What bill number is that?"

    "Uh, I dunno. Max is ought to should said but didn't."
  • by Runefox ( 905204 ) on Wednesday May 31, 2006 @01:42PM (#15437162) Homepage
    Too many people on the net? Don't want to spend valuable time and money switching to IPv6? Tired of those pirating commies sucking up your bandwidth to download pornography? Then alienate your customers off the internet! Yes, that's right. With the new Two-Tier Internet bill, you can block whatever content you wish from the prying eyes of the paying public! Anti-Rogers sites, anti-Bell sites, all gone! And with fewer people on the internet, you won't even need IPv6! So long, comrade! This is America, the land of the free! The Internet will be exactly like television, and now with the Two-Tiered Internet Bill, you can make sure that those cheapskate commies stay off those Anti-Bush sites for good! Vote for the Two-Tiered Internet Bill today! After all, the rich only get richer!

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