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[–] oddjob 2 points 42 points (+44|-2) ago 

Libraries are treated as public utilities, I think the internet should be too.

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[–] alc0h0l_ 3 points 17 points (+20|-3) ago 

The internet is one of our greatest achievements as americans... Let's make it great for everyone. Not just those who control the pipes.

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[–] dabork 4 points 36 points (+40|-4) ago 

Just as it should be. The internet stopped being a fucking luxury like 15 years ago when we started running literally every single part of our lives through it. These days it's nearly impossible to even get a fucking job without the internet, let alone have a normal or comfortable life. I guess electricity and running water is a luxury now too.

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[–] PsychoDesign 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

For some the internet , electricity and water is still a luxury. However the internet is still more of a luxury compared to others two.

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[–] Drenki 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The word "luxury" in the article is just spin from the author. The internet is a utility in that it only works if all the separate networks are able to communicate with each other (and since commerce is done over the internet, the constitution makes it illegal to impede those connections).

The internet is still a luxury that every person is capable of living a fulfilling life without.

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[–] WallingFortian 1 points 24 points (+25|-1) ago  (edited ago)

So is it now possible for Netflix to sue the ISPs for extortion?

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[–] lord_nougat 2 points 9 points (+11|-2) ago 

It should be.

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[–] ChairForceOne 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I like that they rolled out there own speed check service bouncing off of there servers. My local ISP doesn't throttle, I also get well over what I pay for. I'm honestly amazed it's taken so long for this to happen. The local schools here 15 years ago basically required students to have a PC and internet at home. Back then most of the school I went to had dial-up still. If that. I knew kids that didn't have phone lines at there house let alone a computer.

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[–] ezralv 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Makes sense. However, I'm not entirely happy with how utilities are treated in many states.

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[–] wehiird 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

for serious

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[–] A_Sensible_Gent 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

But, it's a step in the right direction.

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[–] ezralv 1 points 9 points (+10|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Not really. On its own, it's just a hand off of control from the free market to the government.

That's the problem with all democrat legislation. They sell you on the vision of "the right direction" but the only steps they take towards it are the ones that centralize control of the market to the government. Sanders almost understood this. Unfortunately, he opted to blame capitalism instead of the democrats themselves for being the elitist crypto-communists that they are.

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[–] Grunge 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

If you feel like you are set back a few decades because you don't have it, it's probably a utility.

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[–] p0ssum [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

No I kept running into the stupid paywall. Maybe because I was hitting it from work. Either way, I knew archive would grab it.

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[–] Randcraw 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

Net Neutrality is no different than pre-enlightenment robber barons erecting fee barriers to passage along river routes. Now that the internet is well established as the world's primary communication medium and essential to basic business and civil service, it's time to change the playing field so that speech and access to information remain unimpeded by monopoly.

Declare the net a common carrier, like all telephones service was for decades. Disallow any clandestine / unregulated filtering or re-prioritization of the medium by corporations except under very public, openly reviewed, and heavily regulated constraints.

Imagine a highway system where every road commission taxed you for driving down their street. The time for that sort of byzantine bureaucracy is long past. Haven't you heard? Corporations are just people. They have no right to tax.

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[–] wehiird 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

i'll have to re-read this, but i like the vibe

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[–] Pacers31Colts18 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

So when does this utility become available at my "rural" house that is less than a mile from a major state highway in Indiana?

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[–] wehiird 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

I noticed this article was archived. Are you concerned about it being edited/deleted?

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[–] A_Sensible_Gent 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Some people don't like giving the websites these articles come from views, because some websites are biased, so they archive it.

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[–] wehiird 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

i see, yes, this is awesome.

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