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Rethinking Title II to achieve Net Neutrality

(In response to TWIT 499, on the discussion between Leo and Jerry Pournelle)

I had some thoughts regarding the FCC's recent decision to reclassify Internet Service Providers as telecommunications companies, thus subject to Title II regulation.

It has been alleged that Title II permits the FCC to regulate content.  I have not heard either evidence for this nor rebuttal.  The claim was made that technically it is a violation of FCC regulations to curse on a telephone over state lines, but I've seen neither citation for nor rebuttal against this allegation.  Clearly it is not enforced, and I am not aware of any enforcement of regulation on content in telephone service.  But obviously there is content regulation on broadcast media, as anyone who has heard the halfhearted attempts to cover cursing on Men's Radio (aka Sports Radio) can attest.  That's likely regulated under a different statute, though.

I wonder if the FCC would regulate "hate speech" on the Internet under Title II.  There are increasing calls to make hate speech illegal, even when it cannot be reasonably expected to lead directly to violence, crime, or threat to public safety.  Once the FCC has the authority to regulate hate speech on the Internet, which this appears to give them, is it likely they would do so?  

The other thing I'm wondering about is whether this decision requires that ISP's open their infrastructure to leasing by third parties?  That is, can FairfaxISP, a startup ISP serving Fairfax City, setup their own DNS servers, make peering agreements with the Tier 1 backbone providers, and setup a big fat pipe into Verizon's data centers, then lease Verizon's FIOS fiber to get their service to my house?  And then offer me 100Mbps for $50/month?

A second vote by the FCC apparently prevents state governments from preventing municipalities from setting up government-run or government-sponsored Internet access.  Such apparently happened in Philadelphia when the city rolled out city-wide WiFi only to be overruled by a law passed in the Pennsylvania legislature forbidding such services, which of course was all but written by Comcast, headquartered in Philadelphia. Does this regulation also prevent municipalities from granting local monopolies on becoming high-speed ISP's using their own infrastructure?
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I'm quite conflicted about Islam. I have usually taken the view that these are just a 2-4% fringe who want to kill people. 

But just thinking this through. Is it possible to have a religion which is inherently evil? That preaches things that are inherently evil, whose goals are evil, even if they believe them to be good? If so, what would that religion look like? I am wondering if it would look like Islam: enough good to make people think it might be, but enough evil to make it fundamentally incompatible with our Western ethical ideals. Certainly much of Islam, which lives under such ethical systems as Sharia law, is incompatible. But could Islam itself, as a whole, be transformed into something that could live in a civil, religiously neutral democratic government? 

I don't know. Their legal systems and principles are very much at odds with those on which Western Civilization is founded.

In answering that question, I find it difficult to find information that is not biased to the point of uselessness. Either the source is a Muslim with a strong incentive to defend Islam, or an anti-Muslim with a strong bias against them. I see few relatively objective sources. Perhaps I should look to academia, to people who study Islam but do not practice it.
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Go back to Mohammed and your inner conflict will end.

No matter wether Sunni it Shiite they both want to kill the infidel. Heck, they are such savages they are killing each other.

There is no peaceful islam. The Catholic Church is the only truth on earth not coexistence.
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HA!.  Alamo Drafthouse DC Area is fantastic.  My favorite place to see a movie.
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This is utterly hilarious. At least read the headlines of each.
 
#xkcd  








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Bwwahaha!  the one about hitting the Hornet and crushing Nixon!  Choking!  (OK, I'm old enough to remember when he was the President we loved to hate!  And Oh, LORD - "President Agnew" Noooooooooooo!)
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[Note that this is the "Unpopular opinions puffin" meme.  I know a lot of people disagree with me, and feel I'm unqualified to comment on this.  And I'm well aware that they don't need my permission nor do they seek my approval. So be it.]
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Gauge reads empty
Manual says 14 gallons
Only fills to eleven gallons
Why stress me out if I can go eighty more miles to empty???


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1/8 of a full tank is basically "standard" when choosing a spec for a fuel gauge.  So the big 8-wheel tractors could actually have 50 gallons on board at "E"... a measly $175 worth.....  3 gallons on 14 is pretty strong for unmeasured fuel... wow. go for it.  just drive, man.
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This is so timely and excellent that it should be required reading for all Catholics who dare to engage in matters of faith on the Internet.

And Father Scalia's is no wilting flower. He is one of the most traditional and orthodox priests in the very conservative diocese of Arlington.
Every nation needs to defend itself. Yet many nations (including our own at its founding) have been wary of standing armies. The prophet Samuel, in warning Israel against a king, touched on this fear (cf. 1 Sam. 8:11-12). The same suspicion inspired the Roman law that forbade Caesar crossing the ...
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PS - h/t  +Joyce Donahue 
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TLDR: VACCINATE!
 
The Catholic Church and vaccination. 
In December, people at Disneyland were exposed to the measles virus, setting off a chain of infections that has now reached at least 87 p...
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Wow.  I knew they were working on it, but this is ready to go on a ship.

It gets really awesome around 1:03 when you see the Admirals "flux face", and then the awesome video of the projectile penetrating steel plate after steel plate after steel plate.  
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Between this and the laser system that's undergoing sea-trials in the Persian Gulf, it won't be long before being in the Navy is like playing Mech Warrior.
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Starting early because... REASONS! 
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I hope they're good reasons!
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Who will be President of the United States in February 2016?  Not "who do you want to be President.

("middle names" are tongue in cheek.  You can laugh at them and ignore them for purposes of voting.)

* I wanted ten options!  GRR!  Others I came up with include:
* Mike "The Earth is Younger Than My Dad" Huckabee
* Rand "Don't confuse me with my insane dad or Ayn even though I * like both of them a lot" Paul
* Scott "I don't recall" Walker
* Barack "What 22nd Amendment?" Obama
* It doesn't matter because the country is run by corporations
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Hillary "Qualified by Marriage" Clinton
33%
Another Democrat because Hillary dies
0%
Chris "Getting smaller!" Christie
0%
Jeb "What dynasty??" Bush
0%
Doesn't matter cuz we're in Corpmerica
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There's probably enough "her 'heir apparent' attitude" people who'd rather not vote for Clinton that if the Republicans were to put up a credible candidate, they'd have a shot if the vote were held, today. That said, there's not really any credible candidates that they're likely to put up and, unless they're able to use the next two years of congressional control really effectively (very unlikely), the Republican brand is likely to sink even further meaning that Clinton will win in an exceedingly  low-turnout election.
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  • Wakefield High School, Arlington, VA
    1986 - 1991
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH
    1991 - 1992
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
    1991 - 1992
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I'm a Catholic father, husband, and Windows systems engineer been active online since 1988.  I'm increasingly distributist these days as I sour on the poor options we have in the world today.  My hobbies have, at one time or another, included the military, theater, theology, computers, law enforcement, firearms, and family. Pretty much sum up my interests by the career goals I've had.
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    Lead Systems Engineer, 2010 - present
  • Johnston McLamb
    IT Manager, 1998 - 2010
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    Systems Engineer, 1997 - 1998
  • Intelicom USA
    Service Manager, 1994 - 1997
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