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Al Franken: "They're Coming After The Internet"
http://www.politico.com/ ^ | March 15, 2011 | Mike Zapler

Posted on 03/15/2011 8:13:44 AM PDT by Biggirl

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.”

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: alfranken; dc; franken; internet; netneutrality; thanksalyoudouchebag
Even though I am no fan of Sen. Franken, while holding my nose, he is correct on this issue.
1 posted on 03/15/2011 8:13:46 AM PDT by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl

The greatest threat to the Internet is increasing government control and even censorship.


2 posted on 03/15/2011 8:16:18 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Biggirl

Franken is a leftist manipulator and if he if for it there is a 99.99% probability it is evil.

Such as this case, where he is pushing for greater government control, regulation and intervention - it’s BULL**** what he is saying.


3 posted on 03/15/2011 8:18:17 AM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many younger conservative Christians out there? __ Click my name)
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To: The Great RJ

The greatest threat to Franken is his absolute lack of humor.


4 posted on 03/15/2011 8:18:47 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Biggirl

Well, whaddya’ know! The blind squirrel found a nut, or vice-versa.


5 posted on 03/15/2011 8:19:35 AM PDT by pingman (You can lead a liberal to logic, but you can't make them think.)
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To: Biggirl

You don’t think a company should be able to charge based on services? How are they supposed to expand and improve if they are forced to give the same service to everyone? If the democrats are for it, I can be sure it is a bogus anti-commerce law.


6 posted on 03/15/2011 8:19:48 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA ("Elections have consequences...." Barry O. Thank you Scott Walker and WI Republicans!!)
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To: Biggirl

“They” are coming after the internet. Franklin just has his “theys” mixed up.


7 posted on 03/15/2011 8:19:57 AM PDT by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: Biggirl

No, Franken is wrong as always. His net neutrality is government control of the internet. This Marxist would never support true freedom.


8 posted on 03/15/2011 8:21:28 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: Terry Mross

“Sen. Al Franken”

OXYMORON ALERT!


9 posted on 03/15/2011 8:21:56 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Biggirl

I think he mis-spoke. He meant to say “WE’RE coming after the Internet.” He’d love to have the censorship power and for his Pres to have the kill switch.


10 posted on 03/15/2011 8:22:27 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Biggirl

Franken=Commie Fagsickle. He is a liar. The only people who want to destroy the freedom and openess of the internet are his (commie/socialist) people.


11 posted on 03/15/2011 8:23:39 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Biggirl

I think Al has it wrong. It should say “WE are coming after the internet” (”we” being the 0bama administration).

Keep the internet free of government intervention.


12 posted on 03/15/2011 8:25:03 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: The Great RJ

For people like Franken, freedom is to important to be left in the hands of the people.


13 posted on 03/15/2011 8:25:20 AM PDT by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: Terry Mross

When he says “they”, he means “we”.


14 posted on 03/15/2011 8:26:25 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Biggirl

I don’t know much about Pawlenty, so I can’t say if I’d want him as President. However, the same voters that made him governor sent this horse’s ass Frankenhole to the Senate. So that’s a problem right there....


15 posted on 03/15/2011 8:28:36 AM PDT by wny
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To: Biggirl
If anyone is coming after the internet, it's the left! Of course, it will still be alright to shill for their agenda...

Mike

16 posted on 03/15/2011 8:29:27 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Biggirl
Even though I am no fan of Sen. Franken, while holding my nose, he is correct on this issue.

No he isn't. His half-dark Omaster is the one who wants an Internet kill switch in order to facilitate an Egypt/Lybia-style communications black-out when "necessary".

Necessary being defined as required to stifle any coordinated anti-Regime activism in case of economic collapse and/or manufactured emergency.

17 posted on 03/15/2011 8:29:27 AM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (If Mohammed were alive today, he wouldnÂ’t be allowed to live within 1000 yards of a school.)
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To: Biggirl
Greatest threat to Internet is Big Government...not big business. But Big Corporations are as harmful as big government. Too much power. Remember Lord Acton. “Power corrupts...absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
18 posted on 03/15/2011 8:33:00 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Biggirl
Obligatory senatorial photo.............


19 posted on 03/15/2011 8:34:22 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (If you ever wondered what a real SHTF event is like &why you should be prepared, watch Japan events.)
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To: Biggirl
Franken said talk of a "government takeover" of the Internet by net neutrality critics has as much credibility as claims of "death panels" in the health care legislation

Yep, that good 'ole Al has it right on this one. Not.

20 posted on 03/15/2011 8:35:30 AM PDT by FourPeas
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
I caught that also. If Corps are going after the Internet,
the GOV better take control to protect us all. That's
what he's not telling us.
21 posted on 03/15/2011 8:36:18 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: The Great RJ; Biggirl

I agree with both of you.


22 posted on 03/15/2011 8:39:26 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans - Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: Biggirl

Fearmongering phool............create a boogey man then demand that laws be implemented to stop the boogey man.............


23 posted on 03/15/2011 8:42:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: Biggirl
"while holding my nose, he is correct on this issue."

As much as it pains me to do so, I agree; Stuart Smally is correct on this one.
24 posted on 03/15/2011 9:00:28 AM PDT by indthkr
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To: The Great RJ
government control and even censorship.

Corporate Socialism <==> Statist Socialism

Two sides of the same coin.
25 posted on 03/15/2011 9:02:50 AM PDT by indthkr
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To: Biggirl
Al Franken is an Idiot Moron..We all know who is trying to destroy the Internet and it is the democrats with the head honcho Soros and the main pipsqueak Obama ..Send out an idiots to a liberal part of Texas and you have a bunch of fools..
26 posted on 03/15/2011 9:06:34 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Biggirl

He fails to mention that it is HIS party tht is selling out to “corporations”. What a lying sack of sh!t to try to blame it on someen else when it is his party doing it!


27 posted on 03/15/2011 9:08:22 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Biggirl
Even though I am no fan of Sen. Franken, while holding my nose, he is correct on this issue.

Even though Franken sounds good here he is supporting "Net Neutrality" and those laws are chock full of Government intervention and censorship.

Whenever a Democrat talks about freedom he/she is a liar and actually wants the opposite.

28 posted on 03/15/2011 9:35:09 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Biggirl

I’m for retaining the Internet’s neutrality, but Franken’s hyperbole only serves to rally his base, doesn’t really help the argument.


29 posted on 03/15/2011 9:36:40 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Biggirl

If you listen to the accusations of the “Progressives,” you’ll find they’re revealing they’re own plans.

This “Net Neutrality” is intended to control internet content. They would use it to kill Free Republic.


30 posted on 03/15/2011 9:40:04 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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Net neutrality, he added, is “the First Amendment issue of our time.”

Really?
Really?
Really?

Al you are you a wholly uninformed deceiver.

No, wait. You are a friggin liar.

Net Neutrality would place monopolistic power over transit traffic that ingresses and egresses the top five Internet service providers.

Essentially it would allow them to decide what traffic is a priority.

If you utilize VOIP I can assure you ATT will not give that traffic priority. In fact, it will be hampered and call quality will be eroded for the sole purpose of ATT dominating voice traffic. Their single biggest line of that is the most profitable is copper wire.

Copper wire has been in the ground a long, long time and with the investments made to acquire rights of way and bury the wire or leave it on poles, their ROI was returned many years ago.

Sites like FR will be no longer receive equal treatment and users of this great site will likely find themselves at times or with regularity feeling like they are on dial up and using BBS.

Right now all traffic is treated the same. If the there is congestion in the web everyone feels it.

Only those who pay a premium will be treated to the Internets equivalent of a “Fast Lane” with their bits and bytes being charge a premium during peak traffic times so the business will assured their traffic and website receive priority.

The Internet has evolved from its days at DARPA and Universities to become a delivery system for everyone and by golly using planes, trains and automobiles(in the virtual world) that traffic will be sent and received by everyone at the rate of speed as the next guy.

Everyone needs to kick this Net Neutrality thing to the curb or outright kill it.

It is the least fair system and will lead to monopolistic control of Internet traffic with only a handful of companies dictating the terms and prices.


31 posted on 03/15/2011 9:44:16 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
How are they supposed to expand and improve if they are forced to give the same service to everyone?

Net neutrality doesn't mean that. From the point of view of a content provider such as Skype, they pay their ISP for their bandwidth. From the point of view of the consumer, he pays his ISP for his bandwidth. Net neutrality means the consumer's ISP can't charge the content provider (who has no contractual relationship with the ISP, he has his own ISP) just because what they provide to the ISP's customers competes with their own product (think anticompetitive behavior), or just because they want more money. Think of it as a "toll booth on the information superhighway." They add nothing of value, but the use the their customers (you) as leverage to extort money from the content providers.

So, right now I pay my ISP, Netflix pays its ISP, and I pay Netflix. Without net neutrality, Netflix also has to pay my ISP, and since I pay Netflix that basically means I'm paying my ISP for my service twice.

32 posted on 03/15/2011 9:47:03 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Biggirl

Ooop!!!!

I went back and finished the article.

Al Baby!! You might have redeemed yourself and you got this one exactly right.

Comcast is now embroiled in a dispute with Level 3, a networking company that carries online video feeds for Netflix, over fees Comcast wants to charge to carry the high-bandwidth content.

You damn right! That is exactly what Comcast wants to do.

“Unfortunately one thing these big corporations have that we don’t is the ability to purchase favorable political outcomes,” he said. “Big telecoms have lots of [lobbyists], and good ones, too. ... The end of net neutrality would benefit no one but these corporate giants.”

Right Brothuh! The small company doesn’t have any lobbyists.


33 posted on 03/15/2011 9:48:55 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: kevinm13
Keep the internet free of government intervention.

Are you talking about the same government that created the Internet in the first place, controlled it for decades, and still has control over some key facets?

34 posted on 03/15/2011 9:55:08 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Red Badger

Nope. He’s saying skip Net Neutrality.

It is a pricing scheme that benefits only the top five service providers as 80% of all traffic ingresses and egresses their networks.

They already have in place a very pricey scheme with their peering requirements and companies like Covad or even VOIP providers will come out losers on this one.


35 posted on 03/15/2011 9:55:23 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Biggirl

He can’t go outside and scream about this because his face goes up in the air, and if it rains he’ll drown.


36 posted on 03/15/2011 10:57:32 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Biggirl

So now Franken is claiming Norm Coleman’s mantle?


37 posted on 03/15/2011 11:03:13 AM PDT by griswold3 (Character is destiny)
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To: wny

“I don’t know much about Pawlenty, so I can’t say if I’d want him as President. However, the same voters that made him governor sent this horse’s ass Frankenhole to the Senate. So that’s a problem right there....”

You are soooooooo wrong! Pawlenty voters would never vote for Al Franken. Franken won literally by a Hollywood Lawyers Power Play!!!!!


38 posted on 03/15/2011 2:19:07 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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