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Al Franken: ‘They're coming after the Internet’
Politico ^

Posted on 03/14/2011 12:45:51 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Al Franken: ‘They're coming after the Internet’

By: Mike Zapler March 14, 2011 01:43 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas — Sen. Al Franken claimed Monday that big corporations are "hoping to destroy" the Internet and issued a call to arms to several hundred tech-savvy South by Southwest attendees to preserve net neutrality.

"I came here to warn you, the party may be over," Franken said. "They're coming after the Internet hoping to destroy the very thing that makes it such an important [medium] for independent artists and entrepreneurs: its openness and freedom.”

Net neutrality, he added, is "the First Amendment issue of our time."

Receiving a hero's welcome from the liberal crowd, Franken took repeated shots at big telecoms, singling out Comcast.

He said Comcast is looking to change the basic architecture of the Web by implementing a pricing scheme that allows moneyed interests to pay for faster speeds, leaving everyone else behind. That would be a particularly bad development for the independent musicians and artists gathered here, he said.

"The real end for Comcast is to put Netflix out of business entirely," Franken said, because of the threat that Netflix's streaming video business could pose to Comcast's cable franchise. "In the end, the American people will end up paying a lot more for worse service."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: franken; stuartalsmalley
Save the artists!
1 posted on 03/14/2011 12:45:51 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

How does he feel about taxing internet purchases?


2 posted on 03/14/2011 12:48:18 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: Sub-Driver
Okay people, we know the drill. We know what this means:

The Democrats are going to go after the Internet. Watch for it.

3 posted on 03/14/2011 12:48:39 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Sub-Driver

Ummmmm..... What???
I was under the impression that net neutrality and the “Internet Kill Switch” came from the WH?


4 posted on 03/14/2011 12:48:55 PM PDT by TexasPatriot1 (I am unique, Just like everybody else.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"..singling out Comcast."

I hope Comcast remembers!

5 posted on 03/14/2011 12:50:58 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Sub-Driver
Classic projection by Franken. I am sooooo embarrassed that he was able to steal that seat from Coleman. I guess that Americans really do get the Government they think they want. I am sad for those of us who don't deserve these clowns.
6 posted on 03/14/2011 12:51:05 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Sub-Driver

Al Franken touting ‘Net Neutrality’ is a hoot. His deep concern for internet users is as phony as fat millionaire Michael Moore’s concern for ‘the middle class’. Please.


7 posted on 03/14/2011 12:51:42 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Sub-Driver

I hate to admit it, but the big moron has finally said something I might agree with. There should be just enough “neutrality” on the net to keep Comcast (or any other ISP) from putting Neflix, Vonage, or other emerging competitors out of business.


8 posted on 03/14/2011 12:52:03 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TexasPatriot1
I was under the impression that net neutrality and the “Internet Kill Switch” came from the WH?

You're right. It should be axiomatic that anything Franken supports is the exact opposite of what's good for sane people. The Left is expert at turning plain English into Newspeak.

9 posted on 03/14/2011 12:54:51 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Sub-Driver

So, Franken is in Texas today, hmm? I *thought* I smelled something outside this morning.


10 posted on 03/14/2011 12:55:45 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Yes, the Evil corporations want to “destroy” the Interweb, so government must take it over to save it.

Its technology’s Obamacare.


11 posted on 03/14/2011 12:55:56 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I thought it was the angry troll and his ilk who wanted to shut the internet down with taxes and regulations. Did I miss something?


12 posted on 03/14/2011 12:56:11 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Sub-Driver
Congressional joke Sen. Al Franken claimed...
Well there you have it! The facts be damned (and note that he has no facts), you only need to "claim" something for it to be true in Democrat World.
13 posted on 03/14/2011 12:57:40 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: YankeeReb

I always wondered how the Cubans felt. Now I know.


14 posted on 03/14/2011 12:57:56 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Sub-Driver

Don’t be surprised if he runs against Sarah in 2016


15 posted on 03/14/2011 12:58:01 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Sub-Driver

I hope a large bear comes for Al some night.


16 posted on 03/14/2011 1:00:39 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (The Lord Said It and I Believe it. Read your Bible. These are the end time events.)
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To: Sub-Driver
This reminds me of the old Mark Twain adage:
No man's wallet is safe while Congress is in session.
ML/NJ
17 posted on 03/14/2011 1:02:03 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Sub-Driver

Al Franken couldn’t pass a class on “basic”. The internet (and the lowest of its functions) are beyond this moron’s ability comprehend. Leave the internet to we geeks - who invented and maintain it.

He has the ideal job for someone who’s clueless in every dimension and has never produced anything useful in life.

Stay in the senate, Al, with the rest of your idiot compatriots.


18 posted on 03/14/2011 1:07:37 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sub-Driver

I can’t stand this creep.


19 posted on 03/14/2011 1:09:20 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Buckeye McFrog

And you would be wrong...

Companies like Netflix are hogging the bandwidth that you would normally use therefore it costs the cable companies more money to upgrade their services.

Instead of passing those costs to Netflix [which is raking in millions] they will be forced to pass the coasts onto everyone [that means YOU pay more]...


20 posted on 03/14/2011 1:10:17 PM PDT by phockthis
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s right ...they will ..and because of this....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2688668/posts


21 posted on 03/14/2011 1:11:49 PM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: Sub-Driver
"The real end for Comcast is to put Netflix out of business entirely," Franken said, because of the threat that Netflix's streaming video business could pose to Comcast's cable franchise. "In the end, the American people will end up paying a lot more for worse service."

I agree with Al Franken about anything? "Ugh! I have Franken germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some Iodine!"

22 posted on 03/14/2011 1:12:46 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The Democrats are going to go after the Internet. Watch for it.

Like clockwork. They are so predictable. The stupid bath terds are really beyond help. And, anyone who would vote for a has been so called comic wacko should have their heads examined. These people are not playing with a full deck and are making us suffer for their stupidity.


23 posted on 03/14/2011 1:16:44 PM PDT by Bitsy ( i)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes they are, the Dems in Illinois just passed a bill to tax purchases on the internet. IN response, Amazon pulled all partnerships with Illinois companies, so they don’t have to pay the taxes. Bang up job by dems by hurting their own businesses and making sure no new ones will want to setup shop in their state.

When a dem says this, you KNOW they are not referring to the Government when they talk about “them” or “they”


24 posted on 03/14/2011 1:16:47 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: Sub-Driver

Al’s either very stupid of very devious.


25 posted on 03/14/2011 1:17:03 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: ClearCase_guy
The Democrats are going to go after the Internet. Watch for it.

Yup. My first thought, too. The Demos "need" to "save" the internet for all of us, so they will take it over and run it and control it and tax it (to help them run it and control it).

26 posted on 03/14/2011 1:21:05 PM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: RetiredArmy

The best SNL skit I’ve seen on Franken was when he died in the Kuwaiti desert and a vulture plucked out his eye and ate it.

Too bad it wasn’t real.


27 posted on 03/14/2011 1:24:32 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Jim Scott

is as phony as fat millionaire Michael Moore’s concern for ‘the middle class’. Please.

I haven’t heard on the news as yet about Michael Mucho giving his money to the government - he already said it didn’t belong to him so what’s the hold up?


28 posted on 03/14/2011 1:24:45 PM PDT by Bitsy ( i)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
There should be just enough “neutrality” on the net to keep Comcast (or any other ISP) from putting Neflix, Vonage, or other emerging competitors out of business.

Really? So you are against competition for the consumer? Care to explain this and, while you are at that, why internet, unlike any other transportation conduit, should free from price discrimination?

29 posted on 03/14/2011 1:26:00 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I hate to admit it, but the big moron has finally said something I might agree with. There should be just enough “neutrality” on the net to keep Comcast (or any other ISP) from putting Neflix, Vonage, or other emerging competitors out of business.

First, government regulation is almost NEVER the solution to any problem; it just makes it worse. Second, I can see free market forces possibly stopping this without government intervention. For example, let's say Comcast decides to limit the bandwidth for Netflix streaming. Well, then people who like Netflix streaming will go with another ISP. Any ISP that wants to get a leg up on Comcast would declare that they don't interfere with Netflix streaming, or anything else, et voila, Comcast loses a lot of business.
30 posted on 03/14/2011 1:27:50 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: Sub-Driver

I wish they were coming after Al Franken! ! ! ! ! !


31 posted on 03/14/2011 1:29:32 PM PDT by DeaconRed (There will be WARS & Rumors or WARS. . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: Da Coyote
who invented and maintain it.

Besides the design and maintenance, there are other aspects of every product --- economic ones, most notably. Geeks may have invented the internet, but it was the American taxpayer who payed those geeks' salary. That counts for something, does not it?

It's the most dangerous thing to do --- to let geeks pass judgment on how their companies must be run. They do confuse electricity with management and economics, and think that, if they know the former, they must also know the latter.

32 posted on 03/14/2011 1:31:58 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: Bitsy

“The Democrats are going to go after the Internet. Watch for it.”

Agreed. The Internet is the last bastion of free thought that “needs” to be regulated by these scum to exercise total control.


33 posted on 03/14/2011 1:33:05 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SgtHooper

needs” to be regulated by these scum to exercise total control.

The American public won’t stand for it - I think that may be the progressive/marxists waterloo.


34 posted on 03/14/2011 1:42:21 PM PDT by Bitsy ( i)
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To: fr_freak

Good points. AT&T recently capped bandwidth to 250GB/month so we’re already seeing ISPs trying to curb overly excessive users. If I’m not mistaken, comcast has been doing this for a while.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/13/atandt-will-cap-dsl-u-verse-internet-and-impose-overage-fees/

AT&T says it will implement a 150GB monthly cap on landline DSL customers and a 250GB cap on subscribers to U-Verse high speed internet starting on May 2nd. AT&T will also charge overage fees of $10 for every additional 50GB of data, with two grace periods to start out — in other words, the third month you go over the cap is when you’ll get charged. DSLReports says it has confirmation from AT&T that these rates are legitimate, and that letters will go out to customers starting March 18th.


35 posted on 03/14/2011 1:43:19 PM PDT by lwd
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To: phockthis
Companies like Netflix are hogging the bandwidth that you would normally use therefore it costs the cable companies more money to upgrade their services.

The customer is the one using the bandwidth. If you use more you should pay more. Comcast is currently free to charge customers based on their usage of Comcast's product. What Comcast should not be able to do is restrict content from sources they don't like.

36 posted on 03/14/2011 1:46:24 PM PDT by Poison Pill
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37 posted on 03/14/2011 1:52:15 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: TexasPatriot1

Who controls the WH?


38 posted on 03/14/2011 2:00:24 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I agree, I am sensitive to any restrictions on the internet or any pricing discrimination.

I do believe the control will come from the left. They cannot take the freedom that the internet can bring. It has turned the Arab world upside down. The internet is a pure instrument of our Constitution - it is literally the breath of life for the First Amendment. That is why Cuba just locked up an American for 15 years in Castro’s filthy prisons for the crime of distributing internet equipment. Castro is a leftist gangster who has no better right to be a Cuban dictator than Desi Arnez Jr. This is what he does because he and his gangster imp brother are so afraid of free speech and their final deposing that it will bring that they put journalists in prison. They are paranoid gangsters who realize they have stolen an entire nation and are not giving it back.

For all you Hollywood idiots that have praised Castro - Danny Glover, Oliver Stone, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Sean Penn, Chevy Chase, Ed Asner, why don’t you go to Cuba and ask Castro to turn on the internet? Do something for freedom instead of attacking America? Yeah right - phonies!


39 posted on 03/14/2011 2:08:40 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Get rid of cable TV’s monopoly power, and I’ll be happy to allow Comcast to compete in the market and try to drive bandwidth competitors out.


40 posted on 03/14/2011 2:08:47 PM PDT by Teacher317 (really?)
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To: Poison Pill

Comcast isn’t restricting anyone or anything, but you have Netflix making millions of dollars while Comcast [and other cable companies] foot the bill...

If comcast charges Netflix more money for the brandwidth that THEIR customers use, they will increase the monthly charge to THEIR customers and those who are not using all of the additional bandwidth will not have to carry the costs...


41 posted on 03/14/2011 2:40:17 PM PDT by phockthis
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To: Sub-Driver
The internetz is falling!


42 posted on 03/14/2011 3:12:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable. -Albert Brooks)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I hate to admit it, but the big moron has finally said something I might agree with. There should be just enough “neutrality” on the net to keep Comcast (or any other ISP) from putting Neflix, Vonage, or other emerging competitors out of business.

Precisely. Millions of Americans live where there's a single choice for broadband internet: a gov't-granted monopoly cable company.

43 posted on 03/14/2011 5:32:19 PM PDT by newzjunkey (603 days until election Nov 2012.)
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