Letter: Help protect net neutrality

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 30, 2017 6:51 a.m.

    It is funny to see the people that support Net neutrality proclaim things that are only half true at best.

    The facts are that if Net Neutrality is enforced that it gives money and power to the big internet companies, like Google. As it shifts power to Google, it makes things worse and more expensive for everybody else.

    If you want to understand what Net Neutrality is and why it is exactly the opposite of what Liberals claim read "Everything You Need To Know About Why Net Neutrality Is A Terrible Idea" in Daily Wire.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Nov. 28, 2017 12:12 p.m.

    @Mike Richards
    That's great, but for many of us, we only have one or two options. Like at my house, I can get CenturyLink or Comcast. Not to mention, net neutrality isn't even a single party issue. Let's say that the leadership of Comcast feels that a particular conservative cause is against their business interests, like gun sales online. Without net neutrality, they would legally be allowed to ban that traffic from their network, without any sort of way to review or challenge it. Or if they think Breitbart is fake news, or if they just want to force everyone to a news source they own, such as NBC/MSNBC/CNBC. Right now, they can't do that, but only because of net neutrality. It's not a simple as you think. Heck, if an ISP disagreed with an LDS church position they could legally ban you from the DeseretNews or the LDS church website. It's not good for anyone to rollback net neutrality rules, unless you're someone who wants a legal way to suppress how people get information.

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2017 10:41 a.m.

    You cannot have a free market without competition. Competition conflicts with oligopolies and monopolies. This not only conflicts with the market but free speech. You have “sold” our republic. Sad.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 28, 2017 10:04 a.m.

    @booshway - Woods Cross, UT

    "You realize that Obama imposed "net neutrality" and IS IN FACT government control."
    "BTW, Pres. Trump is trying to get rid of onerous Obama regulations, this being one of them."

    You clearly have no understanding of the issue.

    "He has saved our economy hundreds of millions by doing so."

    Or any issue.

    But you are helping me understand how such an unqualified ego in a suit could be elected to the presidency so...thanks? I guess?

  • milquetoasty Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2017 9:42 a.m.

    @booshway

    You said:

    "No one is going to loose their jobs, no e-business will close."

    How are you so sure of this? Without Net Neutrality, Comcast could literally prevent their customers from being able to view any website they feel like. They could absolutely crush their competitors by shutting them out entirely.

    "BTW, Pres. Trump is trying to get rid of onerous Obama regulations, this being one of them. He has saved our economy hundreds of millions by doing so. That is good for everyone."

    What do you mean by "saved our economy hundreds of millions" and how did Trump accomplish it specifically?

    This obsession with undoing Obama entirely is cutting off noses to spite faces. It's extra silly considering everything Trump is doing is via executive order and can be removed the minute the next president takes the oath. It appears like our country is going to be ran like a ping pong match for the foreseeable future.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 28, 2017 9:35 a.m.

    Mike says:

    "The answer is simple: Don't buy your internet service from a company that violates net neutrality."
    Or we could just leave the policy in place instead of letting this bought and paid for FCC shill of a 'leader' who is going against the will of the people.

    "What I should get from any ISP is the speed that I paid for and the bandwidth I paid for. How I choose to use that speed and that bandwidth must remain my choice and not the choice of the ISP or of the companies that source bandwidth to the ISP."
    Which is what net neutrality does.

  • booshway Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 28, 2017 9:01 a.m.

    You realize that Obama imposed "net neutrality" and IS IN FACT government control. The internet will be as it was before NN was imposed. No one is going to loose their jobs, no e-business will close.

    Why oh Why does everyone think we need more and bigger gov't in our lives? Gov't IS the problem and any "solution" costs much more than it should. Remember there are many hands out when the Gov't has a "solution".

    BTW, Pres. Trump is trying to get rid of onerous Obama regulations, this being one of them. He has saved our economy hundreds of millions by doing so. That is good for everyone.

    If you think "net neutrality" is a good thing then write Congress to pass a law. Gov't fiat either by nameless bureaucrats or E.O. is not the way to go.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 28, 2017 1:00 a.m.

    Agreed with the letter.

    The facts remain that the party of Trump does not care about you, your little family, nor your small business.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2017 12:52 a.m.

    @MikeRichards

    If you live in a large part of Utah, there is only one internet provider. They have a monopoly in every rural area and then some.
    So saying "just don't buy it" doesn't work. Unless you don't use the internet.

    These companies want to continue having control over information and media. They want to set up toll roads to access lines that our government helped subsidize.

    This isn't a partisan issue. This is a monopoly vs. consumers.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 5:26 p.m.

    There's a lot of misinformation out there that equates net neutrality to government control of the internet.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Net Neutrality is nothing more than ground rules on internet providers treating internet traffic 'neutrally'.

    Claiming net neutrality is government control of the internet is like claiming the 1st amendment is government control of speech.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2017 5:00 p.m.

    The answer is simple: Don't buy your internet service from a company that violates net neutrality.. I won't sign up for Comcast because I disagree with their business practices.

    However, that being said, some people are confused about what they're buying. We shouldn't expect unlimited speeds without paying the full cost of having unlimited speeds. Nor should we expect unlimited bandwidth unless we pay for unlimited bandwidth. Every ISP has to buy bandwidth before it can resell bandwidth to its customers.

    What I should get from any ISP is the speed that I paid for and the bandwidth I paid for. How I choose to use that speed and that bandwidth must remain my choice and not the choice of the ISP or of the companies that source bandwidth to the ISP.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 4:18 p.m.

    The only people who won't be hurt by gutting net neutrality laws are the people that own Comcast and the other internet giants.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 27, 2017 3:58 p.m.

    There is no way this is good for anyone but a few large corporations. I have already registered my displeasure with the FCC (A labyrinthine process designed to discourage) Congress, White house, etc. knowing it will likely not matter a bit.
    We, the people, will once again fall prey to them, the corporations.