4th February 2014

Innovation and Our Better Future depend on Preserving Net Neutrality

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(as posted on Techdirt: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140204/16463826089/innovation-our-better-future-depend-preserving-net-neutrality.shtml)


By Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment, Inc. and Creator of The Toxic Avenger with Regina Katz

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it” – Thomas Paine

Troma Entertainment would never have reached it’s 40th year as arguably the world’s longest running independent movie studio if Net Neutrality or the Open Internet did not exist. I know, I know, some might say, “That would be a good thing.” Haha! But without Net Neutrality, we probably would not have visionary innovations like Crowdfunding, Macklemore, Huffington Post, Youtube, Justin Bieber and maybe even Anonymous. Net Neutrality is essential to free speech and allows for a free and diverse Internet of equal opportunity. The Internet, our last democratic medium, is severely threatened as I write this. The American Courts have decided to nullify Net Neutrality and the major media conglomerates are down in Washington, D.C. 24/7 spending kabillions of dollars to lobby against our beloved Open Internet.

The mega cartel that controls world media has their ass in a tub of butter. They control or own the cinemas, newspapers, T.V. stations, radio and even Broadway “legitimate” theaters. The only competition they face is on the Internet. On the Internet, the playing field is level. Troma can compete with Disney if Troma has art or “content” that is interesting or compelling. The mediocre “suits” who control media do not want to get up in the morning and have to think. It’s much easier to have an oligopoly club where they control the marketplace 100%. It’s a club of smugness that promotes cheap-to-make walking feces like the Kardashians or brainless blockbuster movies with non-stop explosions. The “news” we get in The New York Times or on T.V. is pre-digested baby food. Because of this mainstream disgrace, so many of us go right to the Internet for our news, art and commerce.

Images like this, which go “viral” and support controversial but righteous issues, may disappear without Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality is defined as the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites, but it’s more than that – it’s our freedom of speech! Free speech- not just giving it, but also free speech in the form of our right to receive diverse news, art, commerce or simply some fat, sweaty teenager blogging about Robin’s nipples in “Batman & Robin.”

The giant devil-worshipping international media conglomerates want to create a super highway with expensive prohibitive tolls with faster and better Internet for themselves. This will make it impossible for independent artists or innovators because they simply can’t compete. The result will be similar to U.S. television, where the biggest companies own the networks and cable systems etc. and air constant iterations and reruns of their own content. It will become harder to get anything independent into the consciousness of the public. The Internet will become an NBC- ABC-CBS kind of world unless we the people take action.

We consumers of news, art, and commerce must free the Internet from the clutches of the greedy ISPs, telephone companies, and media cartel.

In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission created the Open Internet Order which set anti-blocking and anti-discrimination Network Neutrality rules. While the FCC claimed the rules would protect Open Internet, many of us Net Neutrality advocates felt the proposed rules had many loopholes and were made with the purpose of winning support from the cable lobbyists. Of course, we were right. The FCC stated that the rules would make it illegal for ISPs such as Verizon to block services or charge content providers like Netflix for faster Internet highways to their customers. Now, just a few weeks ago- the rules were invalidated by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia because the FCC chose to classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as common carriers and therefore has no right to regulate them.

Troma Entertainment and other innovators like Kickstarter wouldn’t have prospered if Net Neutrality or the Open Internet didn’t exist.

If the court ruling stands, then ISPs can hike prices and charge content providers to deliver Internet traffic faster while also eliminating content providers that cannot pay the fees. As consumers, we need to be aware of our standing and that ISPs will now have more control over regulating the content sites we may want to see. If certain sites are faster while others are slow because they can’t pay the tolls, we will get pushed into using only the sites that are quick to load. Those of us who can’t pay the tolls on the super highway will be relegated to the bumpy, slow buffering dirt road. Troma and 1000’s of potential innovators will disappear. I predict Netflix and the like will make sweet-heart deals with the ISP/Conglomerate club in order to close the door on competitive future innovators.

We will see the same thing happen with the Internet as we have with the car, telephone, food industry, and with television. People will be kept in the dark and given an illusion of variety, the sharing of information will be controlled by a few big conglomerates and change-the-world innovation like Kickstarter, Anonymous, Bitcoin, Troma and yes, 2 girls 1 cup will all be practically inaccessible. The biggest problem is how these 1st Amendment issues are intentionally being kept from the public. Beware of elected officials and T.V. talking heads who decry Net Neutrality as “purveyor of piracy and pornography.” This same bogus argument has been used by The Big (White) Boys and the MPAA since the time of VHS. The elite always throw a monkey wrench into new technology to delay it so they can and then take it over. They did it with VHS and they are now trying to do it with the World Wide Web.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth and have cencored the truth in order to make people consume and OBEY in John Carpenter’s “They Live”. They control all of the TVs, newspapers, etc.

We defeated SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) which had nothing to do with stopping piracy. It had to do with stopping competition on the Internet. Senator Al Franken and other elected officials were surprised at the magnitude of the number of voters who protested against SOPA and who want to preserve Net Neutrality and the Open Internet! Senator Franken reportedly changed his position as a result. We must all make our voices heard and let our elected representatives know that if Net Neutrality and Open Internet go away, they too will go away.

If you would like to learn more about Net Neutrality:
www.lloydkaufman.com and www.troma.com
Twitter: @lloydkaufman

We must all make our voices heard and let our elected representatives know that if Net Neutrality and Open Internet go away, they too will go away.

There are currently 2 responses to “Innovation and Our Better Future depend on Preserving Net Neutrality”

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  1. 1 On February 5th, 2014, Citiz3n-T said:

    Thank you , Mr Kaufman

  2. 2 On April 25th, 2014, Michael Elling (@Infostack) said:

    Lloyd, I am against net neutrality. I am for net neutrality. Let me explain.

    NN was a term invented by those who would rather not accept history. You see the internet’s evolution is indelibly linked with the PSTN networks and open access policies by regulators in the 1980s-90s. Competition in voice, infrastructure (data/enterprise) and wireless markets scaled the cost of transport to $0.0000004 per minute of voice today. On this scale the IP stack (without price signals mind you) scaled. Everything’s free, right?

    Well not exactly. The thing is that we go a lot of seemingly free stuff in exchange for paying edge access subscriptions, opening ourselves up, and allowing our privacy to be invaded. Nothing really wrong there, right?

    Well not entirely, because without price signals we can’t clear supply and demand north-south (between apps and infrastructure) and east-west (between end users and content/service providers).

    So what we really need, and no one has been owning up to this is a compromise where the transport and access layers of the last mile providers are opened up in exchange for “balanced settlements.”

    The latter should not be confused with 2-sided revenue takings of inefficient, vertically integrated, monopoly edge access providers. Instead think of them as driving investment at the edge from the core.

    The future is not 1-way content; rather it is real-time on-demand 4K content, 2-way HD telepresence, cheap mobile broadband, and the internet of things. All of these require much greater upstream capacity than currently exists, improved latency, better QoS and greater security across network boundaries.

    The IP stack hasn’t even been able to evolve to IPv6 let alone plan for this future (including necessary jumbo-frames and jumbo-grams).

    So a new, converged model, taking the best of both worlds, open access in the lower layers, balanced settlements in the upper layers will need to develop. But this model should resemble the competitive markets of the 1980s-90s that got us here.


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