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Web Hosting Firm Throttles FCC Access to 28 kbps in Protest
by Karl Bode 05:35PM Friday May 09 2014
"Since the FCC seems to have no problem with this idea, I've (through correspondence) gotten access to the FCC's internal IP block, and throttled all connections from the FCC to 28.8kbps modem speeds on the Neocities.org front site, and I'm not removing it until the FCC pays us for the bandwidth they've been wasting instead of doing their jobs protecting us from the 'keep America's internet slow and expensive forever' lobby," NeoCities creator Kyle Drake stated on the Neocities blog (via Ars). It's unlikely to bother the FCC, but the protest over the agency's latest neutrality failures is at least amusing. The full post is well worth a read.

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CosmicDebri
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Good on them

As mentioned, it probably won't bother them unless they try to access the NeoCities site, or they decide to retroactively write a law making it illegal.

Props for the effort though, if we can get more of this kind of reaction to things, the high and mighty might not like feeling how us 99%ers feel......
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humanfilth

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Re: Good on them

Just need to get all the porn sites in on this slowdown.
Target every government IP address there is.

In futuristic news. Comcast/FCC Executives have been locked in the stocks »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stocks in front of the Capitol. Members of Congress and the Senate are busy kicking ass for ruining their ummmmmmm working day.
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hoistpetard

@176.10.140.x
Kyle mentioned in his blog post that the throttling only effects neocities home page and not their clients. As Karl and other have mentioned, this won't grab real attention unless big players implement similar measures.

If facebook, twitter, google, yahoo, microsoft, reddit, wikipedia and others throttled all .us connections for one week, you'd see a massive outcry and backlash from constituents toward congress and the FCC. Sadly these corporations will likely choose to pay extortion tolls rather than weigh short term harm against the longer consequences of inaction.
ITGeeks

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Re: Good on them

You do realize that most agencies have moved away from the .us right? That is a public domain open to anyone.

hoistpetard

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Re: Good on them

I was inferring all geobased IP connections originating from the United States, not just .us domains
ITGeeks

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Re: Good on them

You stated the .us domain though would teach them.
Expand your moderator at work

NormanS
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said by hoistpetard :

If facebook, twitter, google, yahoo, microsoft, reddit, wikipedia and others throttled all .us connections for one week ...

What have I done to deserve a throttle? (I own a .us domain.)
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NOYB
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You Tube and Netflix also should throttle all government IP address blocks to 28.8 kbps.

Our employee's shouldn't need those services for performing their work anyway.

JimMcCoy

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Re: Good on them

Netflix yes, but you would be surprised how much good and actionable data can be found on youtube. We (humans) love to brag...

NOYB
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Re: Good on them

Makes throttling it all the more an impactful point.

skuv

@24.211.177.x
The FCC cannot write or pass laws, nor can laws be applied retroactively.

forgotty

@69.232.206.x

Re: Good on them

in regards to your last statement, how was at&t exonerated?
rradina

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Competition...

Competition is the only cure for all of these issues. How many times do we have to learn this lesson?

anonomeX

@71.207.157.x

Ahhh... 28.8...

good times... good times.
thedragonmas

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Re: Ahhh... 28.8...

14.4k was better !!!11!!!

fond memories of stuck modems not releasing the line and needing a power cycle, of course if said modem was a PCI card with no external reset button......

and the speaker, oddly i kind of miss hearing the handshake every so often, i even thought about trying to find a copy some where and making it my ring tone

edit: forgot to mention, thanks to dialup all most any page i made HAD to have progressive JPG's. because peopled didnt like waiting on the red X's to disappear. ironically theres still coding/rendering tricks to get pages to basically be formatted before all the data is there. i still kinda think we get to thank dialup for that.

cybah

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Re: Ahhh... 28.8...

I have this as my ringtone Its a 56k tone tho... send me a PM if you want it, ill send it.

cableties
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Re: Ahhh... 28.8...

I had a Hayes Smartmodem once... I think it was 2400 model... days of the BBS...
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said by anonomeX :

good times... good times.

But, do they get the Modem dial-up screeching sounds also? Those were the best of times!

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Re: Ahhh... 28.8...

Here you go.....

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsNaR6FRuO0

tmh

@173.13.197.x

Your request for "neocities.org" has been denied

The Department of Homeland Security has seized this domain under the Patriot Act. Once all perpetrators have been properly accounted for, the website will be auctioned by the FCC.

hoistpetard

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A spoonful of sugar, helps the medicine go down

Karl will you be implementing a rate limit or connection limit "feature" on dslreports.com ?

Include
- congress
- government agencies (all)
- POTUS
- SCOTUS

Old men won't notice, but their aides will if this becomes widespread.
jp16

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Re: A spoonful of sugar, helps the medicine go down

Watching that movie with the family now... lol
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If anything we want these people having a better connection to dslreports.
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VicHighway

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Awesome

Awesome idea!

Simba7
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Awesome!

Sounds like an awesome idea. Imagine the bigger companies doing the same. Can you imagine pulling Microsoft updates on 28.8 speeds?

Same for Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and every major website around.

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load a few pages slow with message of protest and why

Most people still don't know what is going on.
Web sites could modify their web page to load real slow with a alert over top explaining it. With a different message each times.
It would just take a dozen or some big companies doing it all at the same time like a sunday night from 7-9pm. If they all ban together and do it it would show a powerful message of just what the internet is facing.
Basically these companies should break the internet for themself for 2 hours all at the same time. They should all do 56k for 2 hours
If done right and together it would cause such a national outrage by Monday morning the president would fire the FCC by noon.
It would be on CNN Fox and nearly every news paper the next day.
It would be the talk of the Nation if they all do it together.

People would be out raged for 2 hours that sunday night when facebook, yourtube Netflix etc slows to 56k........ but the next day everyone would know why and Net Neutrality would be the LAW!

Someone tell these companies this idea.

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Why not just throttle ....

Why not just throttle "heathcare dot gov" ?? That just might wake up the Administration. It might even make Mr. Obama rethink his cozying up to FCC Wheeler and maybe make him stop golfing with CC CEO Brian Roberts.

Added benefit: Democrats love to sign petitions, so they could start a shiny, new petition or two.
bn1221

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Re: Why not just throttle ....

Its already snot slow and timed out.....

SmD Frylock

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Great idea but...

Who the heck is NeoCities? If you ask me this is more of a publicity stunt than a civil action.

If Facebook or Google did this for a week for everyone in the US that visited their site ala SOPA protest, this debate would be over. Considering it's a election year it wouldn't surprise me that it would take more than a week to draft, vote and sign Neutrality into law.

Grandma and Gramdpa would ring their senator/representative's phones so much cause they can't see their grandkids/Cat/Jesus Facebook pic of the day that they would cringe at the sound of a phone ringing.
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Re: Great idea but...

Sounds like a ripoff of the old Geocities website to me.
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As others have mentioned

Do it on the big hitters and the gov't will be pissed. Twitter and Facebook, since a lot of our publicly elected (meaning for the people, by the people) officials use those social media platforms for their agenda.
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Kett2000
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Geocities ripoff?

Neocities sounds like a bad rip of the geocities of old...

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How to implement the Ferengi Plan

How to throttle the FCC to dial up modem speeds on your website using Nginx

»gist.github.com/kyledrake/e60466···185f7af0

RadioDoc
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LOLz...those wacky kids

I guess they don't realize that the FCC website runs about at 28.8 kbps on most days. Nobody will notice.

themachine

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He who controls past controls future. He who controls present controls past.

Mario Savio's memorable speech before the FSM sit-in

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhFvZRT7Ds0


text
»www.fsm-a.org/stacks/mario/mario_speech.html

quote:
We have an autocracy which runs this university. It's managed. We asked the following: if President Kerr actually tried to get something more liberal out of the Regents in his telephone conversation, why didn't he make some public statement to that effect? And the answer we received -- from a well-meaning liberal -- was the following: He said, "Would you ever imagine the manager of a firm making a statement publicly in opposition to his board of directors?" That's the answer! Now, I ask you to consider: if this is a firm, and if the Board of Regents are the board of directors, and if President Kerr in fact is the manager, then I'll tell you something: the faculty are a bunch of employees, and we're the raw material! But we're a bunch of raw material[s] that don't mean to have any process upon us, don't mean to be made into any product, don't mean to end up being bought by some clients of the University, be they the government, be they industry, be they organized labor, be they anyone! We're human beings!

[Wild applause.]

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

[Prolonged applause.]

Now, no more talking. We're going to march in singing "We Shall Overcome." Slowly; there are a lot of us. Up here to the left -- I didn't mean the pun.

full audio

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYSY2ohHFnQ


subject borrowed from George Owell
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

»www.goodreads.com/quotes/6145-he···e-he-who