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  •  Hello Beautiful Porch family and friends!! (11+ / 0-)

    A wonderful diary, as always. Thanks to all editors!!

    Hope everyone is well and happy and planning for a great weekend.

    Happy Birthday to our wonderful FLOTUS!! What a woman!!

    Is anyone else scared stiff about the gutting of Net Neutrality by the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. circuit? There was only one diary written about it and it should be of concern to everyone as our rights to a free and fair Internet are sure to be gutted, as well. If anyone is an expert on this, please write a diary and urge people to appeal to the FCC as it seems they still have some power to protect Net Neutrality. Sorry to be a big old bummer.

    Here are some lovely lemon bars and hot tea w/honey and lemon and a big slice of chocolate cake for Sis Deo for when she feels better.


    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 01:27:54 PM PST

    •  I missed the Net Neutrality story I need to look (3+ / 0-)
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      -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)! Follow on Twitter @dopper0189

      by dopper0189 on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 01:41:26 PM PST

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    •  Ayup (3+ / 0-)

      I was debating diarying about it.  Hard to write about it coherently though after reading the decision.  But the short answer is that it is very scary because the court's reasoning was not unsound, at least not on its face. The part that's ugly is that what is required is an act by Congress (although the decision stated that the FCC could have accomplished the same thing through rulemaking--I'm not so sure myself, I admit) which is entirely political and, thus, will never happen: deeming internet providers the functional equivalent of common carriers/utilities.

      But it is indeed very scary, the decision. If followed to the letter, suffice it to say that the poor who already suffer a lack of access to quality content in places like cable are going to get completely shut out of all but crap. Since no matter what Verizon and company say, as soon as they start levying the charges now authorized on content providers to secure access, you can count on those providers passing the cost along to the ultimate consumer.


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      by shanikka on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 05:00:22 PM PST

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      •  I'm afraid of even worse. I am afraid that the (0+ / 0-)

        corporations are going to make sites like this one totally unable to be accessed. They are very aware of how powerful the Internet is as an organizing and political activism tool. I fear that the Internet is going to become the equivalent of talk radio and our ability to work to elect better Democrats is going to be a thing of the past.

        And, as you say, the poor and the not so poor, are going to be shut out due to economic considerations.

        This is a devastating thing for our country and very few people seem to care at all. it is making me sick to my stomach.  

        "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

        by rubyr on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 08:02:47 PM PST

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