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posted by on Wednesday March 01 2017, @03:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the brothers-in-arms dept.

Common Dreams reports:

Proponents of an open internet are holding a rally on Monday [February 27] to mark the two-year anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote that enshrined net neutrality protections that the new Trump administration has already begun eroding.

The 3pm event in Washington, D.C [was] backed by the Color of Change, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Center for Media Justice, and Free Press, and will feature the FCC's only Democratic commissioner, Mignon Clyburn.

[...] According to Timothy Karr, senior director of strategy for Free Press, "No FCC chair over the past 40 years has been so bent on undermining the agency's public-service mission and destroying the safeguards on which hundreds of millions of Americans rely."

Laying out the stakes, Max Anderson, coordinator for Human Rights Watch's general counsel's office, wrote last week:

Should net neutrality be scrapped in the U.S., it will enable service providers to throttle internet speeds or block access to websites based on commercial deals they cut with media providers. That would undermine freedom of expression and access to information. Once these practices have been established, it's a short step to other human rights consequences. Governments that already attempt to stifle lawful online expression will welcome a new tool for silencing critics. The FCC should retain its good example to the world and enforce net neutrality. If the internet stands a chance of enabling the realization of human rights, then access needs to be nondiscriminatory and in line with human rights in the widest sense.

[...] So, what can people do?

"The short answer is to raise hell", said Craig Aaron, CEO of Free Press, to Mercury News columnist Troy Wolverton.

"Net neutrality is an issue that a lot of people care about--millions and millions more than the FCC ever expected", Aaron said. "We need to hear from those people again."

The good old days: U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules in Full
What's that? You thought we fought this one before? FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period (Again)

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 01 2017, @02:04PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 01 2017, @02:04PM (#473302)

    You should just kill yourself.

    I tried, and you bleeding heart asshole fucks stopped me.


  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 01 2017, @03:15PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 01 2017, @03:15PM (#473322)

    That's because you chose a method where no one profits. Book a space trip complete with space walk, and then while in space open the helmet of your space suit. That way everyone can profit from your suicide. First, the space company you paid for the trip. Next, the media companies that not only have the sensational news of the first suicide in free space, but additionally can place lots of opinion pieces about whether it is ethical to do suicide that way, whether something should be done to prevent further suicides of that sort, whether the company should have noticed your plan and stopped you, whether private space travel is good, after all, and so on. Also, they will be able to speculate whether you went to space in order to commit suicide, or if you became suicidal only after entering space, which can then spawn the topic of whether going to space may wreck your mind, well, you see, the possibilities are endless. Of course there will be books written about the incident, Hollywood will at some point turn it into a movie, conspiracy theorists will speculate whether extraterrestrials made you do it, or if it was just plain old mind manipulation rays from the government, applied through a nearby secret satellite …

  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday March 01 2017, @03:41PM (3 children)

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday March 01 2017, @03:41PM (#473341)

    Someone who thinks poor people should just kill themselves is not a "bleeding heart". That's a textbook definition of a Christian conservative.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 01 2017, @09:17PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 01 2017, @09:17PM (#473529)

      No. Christian conservatives are less likely to be pro-suicide. They tend to regard it as a sin.

      Those who follow catholic teachings, as well as many that are closely related, regard it is succumbing to despair.

      Any theologians who can give us chapter and verse?

    • (Score: 2) by butthurt on Wednesday March 01 2017, @10:17PM (1 child)

      by butthurt (6141) on Wednesday March 01 2017, @10:17PM (#473570) Journal

      In Christian theology charity is the greatest of the three theological virtues.

      -- []

      Actual rewards may vary and are subject to availability and other terms.

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Grishnakh on Wednesday March 01 2017, @11:45PM

        by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday March 01 2017, @11:45PM (#473616)

        Wrong Christians. You're talking about some kind of mythical Christian that either doesn't exist any more (and probably never did in great numbers anyway), or maybe exists in some other country. Here in America, Christian conservatives are all big fans of Ayn Rand and think that anyone who can't afford healthcare should be left on the street to die. America's Christians all go to giant mega-churches in their gigantic SUVs and sip on Starbucks drinks while the preacher tells them how rich people are rich because God loves them more.