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Americans for Prosperity, Backed By Big Telecom, Is Back With More Net Neutrality Opposition

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Americans for Prosperity's claim that grandma will face a $300 broadband bill will only become reality if Internet providers get away with Internet Overcharging schemes that would triple the price you pay for broadband service.

Americans for Prosperity, the group that harassed residents of Salisbury, North Carolina last year with push polls and recorded phone messages opposing municipal broadband, is renewing its effort to sign up the tea party crowd to oppose Net Neutrality reforms.

Ostensibly representing those favoring “less government,” AFP is actually a corporate front group founded by oil billionaire David Koch but also backed by telecom interests.  The group shills for large phone and cable companies to keep them deregulated, and opposes consumer reforms.  The group’s spokesman on Net Neutrality is Phil Kerpen — a regular on Fox News — appearing on Glenn Beck’s program to nod in agreement to wild claims that Net Neutrality is Maoist.

Now the group has unveiled a new advertisement opposing Net Neutrality and is spending $1.4 million dollars in its first ad buy.  The 30-second ad targets legislators with wild claims about Net Neutrality that don’t pass even the most rudimentary truth tests.

Comparing Net Neutrality with Washington-directed bailouts of banks and the auto industry, the group claims Washington wants to “spend billions to take over the Internet.”  Apparently the Internet is available for purchase on eBay.

In reality, the only group with the deep pockets is this debate is America’s telecommunications companies, who are among the biggest spenders for lobbyists, astroturf campaigns that claim to represent consumer interests, and writing big campaign contribution checks to state and federal elected legislators.

Establishing Net Neutrality protections doesn’t cost billions.  Fighting against establishing Net Neutrality might.

In fact, the biggest expense the Federal Communications Commission faces in its efforts to adopt Net Neutrality reforms will come from legal expenses brought about by continuous provider lawsuits.

http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/Americans for Prosperity Dont Regulate the Internet Ad 5-2010.flv

Americans for Prosperity’s anti-Net Neutrality advertisement claims Washington is spending “billions” to “take over the Internet.”  (30 seconds)

An amateurish animated video accompanying the ad on AFP’s YouTube channel extends the lies into the ionosphere:

  • The video claims the government is preparing to take over the Internet, which is false.
  • It implies the majority of Americans oppose Net Neutrality, also false.
  • The video suggests that businesses will be prohibited from purchasing faster broadband, because under Net Neutrality, everyone will share the exact same broadband speed, both of which are totally false.
  • Grandma, who “only uses the Internet to check e-mail,” will be prohibited from buying cheaper access under Net Neutrality.  More deception.

The video ends with a bleeped expletive.  Real professional.

http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/Americans for Prosperity Animated Anti Net Neutrality Video 5-2010.flv

Americans for Prosperity’s animated anti-Net Neutrality video makes wild claims that don’t come close to being h0nest with the viewer. [Warning: Loud Video -- Turn Down Volume Before Playing] (1 minute)

Let’s Get Real.

FACT: If anyone is trying to “take over the Internet,” it’s a handful of corporate providers who won’t agree to common sense regulations that guarantee they will not block or impede web traffic.  If they have no intention of engaging in bad behavior, why spend millions of dollars to fight the regulations?

FACT: Americans favor Net Neutrality protections that guarantee net freedom and keep providers from further increasing your broadband bill by monetizing every aspect of the Internet.

FACT: Americans buy broadband based on speed tiers.  Net Neutrality does nothing to change this model.  Any business seeking faster service can continue to acquire it, if they can find a provider to sell it to them.  What Net Neutrality prohibits are Internet Service Providers artificially slowing down your website traffic unless and until you agree to protection payments to take the speed throttles off.

FACT: Most providers sell “Lite” broadband service to those seeking cheaper access or who only need the Internet for basic web browsing or e-mail access.  Some communities even offer basic Wi-Fi access to the Internet for free, and the Obama Administration is proposing to modify the Universal Service Fund to help economically disadvantaged Americans obtain basic web access at a more affordable price.

FACT: The only way a broadband bill is going to achieve the $300 price tag found in this video is if providers are permitted to run roughshod over their customers with Internet Overcharging schemes.  Some earlier proposed broadband “pricing experiments” would effectively triple the price for broadband service Americans pay, but that has nothing to do with Washington.  That can be laid directly at the feet of the same broadband providers who are writing enormous checks to astroturfers like Americans for Prosperity to hoodwink Americans into supporting things directly opposed to their best interests.

Don’t be Americans for Prosperity’s sucker.

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Currently there are 8 comments on this Article:

  1. Ron Dafoe says:

    I left a comment on their page with a link to the wiki article about what net nuetrality actually is, but so far it has not shown up. I will be surprised if it does. Every comment is moderated and there are no comments on the article on the site.

    http://www.americansforprosperity.org/051110-help-stop-washingtons-takeover-internet

  2. DeanSB says:

    Here’s a little more background for those whom I’ve sent to this article…

    Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and AT&T ARE ITCHING to start MESSING AROUND WITH YOUR INTERNET SERVICE!! How?

    1) These above-mentioned ISP’s, and a few other national and regional ISP’s, want to start imposing “speed throttles” on YOUR Internet Traffic. What THAT means is that, unless your business pays these ISP’s a “toll” to get “premium access” to its customers, YOU the small business owner could wind up with traffic to your website by consumers being “throttled”, or PURPOSELY SLOWED DOWN so that the customers CAN’T access your site quickly and on-demand anymore. AND, if this is allowed to stand, ISP’s could send you to “search result” pages which give you links ONLY to sites THEY have “sweetheart deals” with!!

    Let me illustrate for you customers… In a non-Net Neutrality internet, let’s say YOU are an avid reader and viewer of the Fox News website. But now, let’s say your ISP has “inked a sweetheart deal” with CNN.com for them to get “priority access” to your service. THAT means that, if you try to type in or click a link, or bookmark to the Fox News website, your ISP could INSTEAD send you to a so-called “search page” with a link to CNN.com instead, since they are the site your provider has the deal with. Either that, or linking, typing in, or bookmarking to the Fox News website could force you to have to WAIT LONGER to get to the Fox News website because they DON’T have the “priority” access to get to you quickly!

    2) In a NON-Net Neutral world, these above-mentioned ISP’s would also be allowed to place “usage caps” on your broadband service, then, once you’ve reached that cap in a 30-day period, your Internet speeds would be “throttled back” to “dial-up” speeds, which would make it harder for you to be able to view news clips from sites like Fox News.com. If you listen to any radio stations (like Fox News Talk) online, THAT means reception for your favorite station online would be SPOTTY at best, with the transmission continuously “cutting out” or “re-buffering”. That means that the audio would start and stop continuously…an IRRITANT to ANY radio listener!!

    You think THAT’S BAD? This is ONLY THE BEGINNING!!…

    3) In a NON-Net Neutral world, many of these above-mentioned ISP’s would NOT ONLY use the above-mentioned “usage caps” to throttle your speeds, they could use those same “usage caps” to charge you up to TRIPLE what you pay now for your broadband Internet service!!

    Let me illustrate… Let’s say you pay $40.00 a month for your Internet service. Now, let’s say your ISP decides to impose a “usage cap” of 60 Gigabytes for the month for that $40.00 a month. Now, let’s say your use of the Internet involves listening to stations like Fox News Talk, or viewing a LOT of News Clips from the Fox News website. Let’s say that, imdway through the month, you’ve watched enough News Clips and listened to enough Fox News Talk to HIT that 60-Gigabyte cap. Once this happens, if you keep watching News Clips from Fox News.com, or listening to Fox News Talk, you’ll be downloading more Gigabytes than your “usage cap” allows, and your ISP can then HIT YOU with an “overage charge” of $1.00 to $2.50 for EVERY Gigabyte YOU GO OVER!! What THAT will mean is that YOU’LL WIND UP PAYING A LOT MORE for your Internet service for the month in question!!

    Don’t believe me? Time Warner Cable has already tried this type of “usage-based” billing” on its customers in Beaumont, Texas, as well as its subscribers in San Antonio & Austin, Texas; Reno, Nevada; and Rochester, New York! ONLY some “last-minute” pushback by New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer SAVED 4 of the above-mentioned cities’ TWC subscribers from Time Warner Cable’s “pricing experiment”!!

    IF “Network Neutrality” is allowed to “fall by the wayside” as these Cable & Phone companies are disiring, THESE above-mentioned schemes COULD BE IN YOUR FUTURE, and it could be YOUR broadband Internet service that could TRIPLE IN PRICE from what you pay NOW!!

    If you DON’T WANT ANY OF THIS to happen to YOU, the broadband Internet customer, I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT the FCC’s PUSH to RECLASSIFY Broadband Internet service as a “Telecommunications service”, which would mean that the FCC would ONCE AGAIN have authority to REGULATE these ISP’s, PREVENTING these scenarios, and PROTECTING YOU, THE CONSUMERS!!

    SUPPORT NETWORK NEUTRALITY!!

    Dean

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  6. Ron Paul FTW says:

    FACT: If anyone is trying to “take over the Internet,” it’s a handful of corporate providers who won’t agree to common sense regulations that guarantee they will not block or impede web traffic. If they have no intention of engaging in bad behavior, why spend millions of dollars to fight the regulations?

    They may be spending millions, but that’s a small price to pay for the billions or trillions that they could gain in return. They are using ignorance and chaos to create back doors in order to advance themselves into power positions; in other words, they’re using a rope-a-dope: if you give them the ability to create new regulations, they’ll overthrow the regulators that you put in place and replace them with themselves, eventually expanding new and more oppressive regulations upon/against their competition.

    ……………….

    FACT: Americans favor Net Neutrality protections that guarantee net freedom and keep providers from further increasing your broadband bill by monetizing every aspect of the Internet.

    “Net Neutrality” is bullshit, a scam, a rope-a-dope — corporate jingoism. Go read The Creature of Jekyll Island or listen to this speech about the book — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yww5Z3PJIs — and you’ll then understand how clever their Evil/deep-seeded agendas really are.

    ……………….

    FACT: Americans buy broadband based on speed tiers. Net Neutrality does nothing to change this model. Any business seeking faster service can continue to acquire it, if they can find a provider to sell it to them. What Net Neutrality prohibits are Internet Service Providers artificially slowing down your website traffic unless and until you agree to protection payments to take the speed throttles off.

    A consumer revolt is easier and quicker, more powerful than unconstitutional laws which oppress competition. You just need to get off your ass and protest against tyranny, not competition. Why create evil laws that are harder to remove than corporations themselves? Why give tyranny another gun to put to your forehead? Preemptive strikes are 100% useless when that’s exactly what they want from you.

    ……………….

    FACT: Most providers sell “Lite” broadband service to those seeking cheaper access or who only need the Internet for basic web browsing or e-mail access. Some communities even offer basic Wi-Fi access to the Internet for free, and the Obama Administration is proposing to modify the Universal Service Fund to help economically disadvantaged Americans obtain basic web access at a more affordable price.

    Obama is an Evil f***** war criminal that should move to China. He doesn’t give a flying f*** about the disadvantaged.

    ……………….

    FACT: The only way a broadband bill is going to achieve the $300 price tag found in this video is if providers are permitted to run roughshod over their customers with Internet Overcharging schemes. Some earlier proposed broadband “pricing experiments” would effectively triple the price for broadband service Americans pay, but that has nothing to do with Washington. That can be laid directly at the feet of the same broadband providers who are writing enormous checks to astroturfers like Americans for Prosperity to hoodwink Americans into supporting things directly opposed to their best interests.

    The internet is already free. If you haven’t noticed, all of the pro-globalist and pro-tyranny websites REQUIRE you to log-in before you comment upon their bullshit. In other words, they aim is to incrementally shut people out and destroy freedom of speech, they don’t want to free humanity and free information.

    Lawyers, lobbyists and politicians, they’ll run roughshod over the growth of start-up companies and small businesses, ultimately the consumers, if you allow corporations the chance/power to steer the Internet’s future in directions of their choosing.

    Again, go read or listen to The Creature of Jekyll Island, to see how their strategies are played-out. Tyrannical scum is no laughing matter; it’s not a joke, it exists; the sooner you realize that their are liars in the universe more clever than Obama, the sooner you’ll wake-up to the fact “Net Neutrality” jingoism is utter bullshit, just like the “Patriot Act” or “Operation Iraqi Freedom” or “WMD” or “NAFTA”.

    Just listen to Al Gore in this debate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yww5Z3PJIs — the guy lied like a mother***** about the need for NAFTA, just like all of those that are now trying to sell the world on “Net Neutrality”. Their Evil never ends.

  7. Ron Paul FTW says:

    Sorry…

    The link to The Creature from Jekyll Island speech was wrong…

    Here is the link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zus8_xl8qUI

    Find a comfortable seat and listen to it in full, because it’s the simplest explanation about the creation of the Federal Reserve that you’ll ever find.

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