I say with no exaggeration whatsoever that anyone and everyone who uses the Internet in any way for any reason needs to watch this video.
Also, visit the following page, click the "+ Express" link, and leave a comment: http://www.gofccyourself.com/
Now, that should redirect you to the following: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/
If it does not, just use the second link.
This is the response I received from Senator Tillis:
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In other words, to put it bluntly, Senator Tillis has opted to be a part of the problem, rather than the solution. I don't know why I was expecting otherwise. As such, as I did in the past, I will be voting against him again the next time he is up for reelection in 2020.
As I said on Facebook: We've long known that this was coming, but that doesn't make the ass it sucks any less encrusted.
Let me just say this, yet again: Fuck Donald Trump. Fuck all of Donald Trump's lickspittles. Fuck everyone who still supports Donald Trump even a little bit or who still think he's somehow doing a good job.
And, most importantly in this case, fuck anyone and everyone who is benefiting in any way from this destruction of net neutrality.
Also, good on Tom Wheeler for eventually waking up and not being the huge asshat that it looked like he was at first shaping up to be.
Yesterday, President Obama came out and called for strict Net Neutrality regulation by the FCC for the Internet. This, of course, has the big ISPs and cable providers, their paid lobbyists, and the Republicans now in control of both sides of Congress, all in a predictably huge buttmad tizzy.
Sadly, though, I feel that this might be a case of "too little, too late" on the part of Obama, and it will probably be a fight that he will end up losing, much to the detriment of everyone (well, everyone except for the executives, lobbyists, and political cronies of Big Cable™, obviously). Here's to hoping that I am 100% completely wrong with that prediction, and that Obama actually wins this one, because I fully agree with President Obama that Net Neutrality is important and should be imposed. Obama really didn't do himself any favors at all when he appointed that Tom Wheeler asshat as the FCC Chairman a year ago, though, and I fear that's going to be what comes back and bites the President in the ass on this whole thing.
All of this is assuming that Obama truly does care about Net Neutrality, as he claims to, and that this isn't just some politically expedient maneuvering on his part right after the election that his side got trounced in, and all of which will be forgotten about in a week/month or so. Personally, I hope that Obama makes this his one, big, final cause and dedicates the rest of his presidency to it, but I seriously doubt that will end up being the case.
Benefit of not working for Syfy: I can post articles about how evil Comcast is without getting a lecture from execs: http://t.co/unlURZxOha— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 2, 2014
I've talked about net neutrality in the past myself, and this is exactly why I think it is so important, and is exactly what Cracked was talking about, too. This is one of the reasons that Comcast won that Worst Company in America thing this year, which had been won by EA for the previous two years. In this case, I think Comcast might actually fully deserve it, though.
The corporate bullshit about “don’t criticize Comcast or advocate for #NetNeutrality” was exhausting and annoying. Fuck Comcast forever.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 2, 2014
But the entire time, Internet service providers, at the behest of trade groups representing the entertainment industry, have been preparing to police such illegal sharing voluntarily and, potentially, shut down sites they think aren't playing by the rules.
Those actions could have the same effect that SOPA would have.
According to a leading recording industry spokesman, service providers such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable are expected to begin enforcing ramped-up anti-piracy policies in the next few months."
So, it seems that since they couldn't get the government in their pocket to codify their noxious whims into law, the RIAA/MPAA types have been simply quietly circumventing that by going straight to the ISPs themselves and convincing them to "voluntarily" do these things anyway. This honestly doesn't surprise me in the slightest.
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And, with this, I have received a response from everyone that I contacted about this (Senator Maria Cantwell, President Barack Obama, and House Representative Jay Inslee). Again, the response is pretty clearly just a form letter and I guess it's better than no response at all, but not by very much, especially considering how late it is.
Thank you for writing. President Obama has heard from many Americans concerning the issue of online piracy, and we appreciate hearing from you.
The President is committed to creating the most open and transparent Government in American history and values your input. Given your interest in this matter, you may be interested in reading a recent official White House response to a petition on this issue. To learn more, please explore our White House Blog technology posts or visit: www.WhiteHouse.gov/Issues/Technology.
Thank you, again, for writing.
The White House
Not "Barack Obama" (who I'm sure never even saw my message, of course), nor a specific other person on Obama's staff, just "The White House." I'm going to simply pretend that the actual building itself sent this response, because that amuses me. Oh well, again, I guess it's ever so slightly better than no response at all, but it's not like they actually addressed the issue at hand, aside from the fill-in-the-blank slot in the second sentence there.
It's obviously just a form letter, but I guess that's better than nothing. I haven't heard anything about that OPEN Act until now, but from what little I've read about it, it seems reasonable enough I guess (at least when compared to the horrible SOPA and PIPA, anyway). Will be keeping an eye on it as well.
Will post similar responses from Patty Murray, Jay Inslee, or Barack Obama if I happen to get any.
In news completely unrelated to the above, it is completely white outside this morning, with weather reports showing a 70% chance of more white stuff falling here starting around noon or so. As such, I just sent an email to some of the guys at work, letting them know that I'm going to take a wait-and-see approach as to whether or not I come in today. If they all show up and let me know that they made it, I'll try to come on in as well. Otherwise, I'm staying here.