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Repinning this to its rightful place (25/2/2018), because...

1) Chrome was sluggish while I was preparing a "leaving Netflix" rundown, and when I tried to hit the post-menu dropdown, the "Pin post" option on that item unwittingly got chosen, replacing this letter unsolicited for a few minutes. Now I wish the mobile app hadn't moved to version 10 yet as it did....

2) Heading back to the original copy in my profile stream would literally take me and this device forever. Too many posts, too many weeks back. (And you thought 10 was a mighty small number....)

I'll leave this right here: Call Congress, the FCC, and your local telcos to voice your dissent of the repeal--and support of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) + H.R. 4585. That said, see you on Tuesday--another protest's shaping up by then.

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And now, a draft of the letter I'll send Ajit Pai et al. before the FCC convenes on the morning of December 14.

Front-page pin from now until further notice; that alone will tell you how serious the matter's gotten.

12/14/2017

Dear Mr. Pai,

Along with millions of others across the United States and elsewhere, and on their behalf, I am speaking out against your plans to repeal net neutrality, Title II classification, and the 2015 Open Internet Order--as a supporter of all of those three.

I have been an active user on at least one or more websites since 2005, before net neutrality was highly discussed. I started out (during my college years) on +Wikipedia​​​, an open-content free encyclopedia, and later joined+DeviantArt.com​​​​, FurAffinity, Inkbunny (all three catering to art), and Google+ (the search engine's social service) among other sites; the list goes on. (Google+ is where I typed the original draft of this letter.) Also, I am one of the administrators of the main site of Referata, a wiki farm that could be at risk if you proceed to move ahead with the order you have proposed. For the sake of future researchers, students, artists, and general users, the other sites could end up in as much danger.

Net neutrality--a part of the Internet from the very beginning--ensures that no matter which site one visits or uses, no matter how big or small the site, everyone should be able to access it at the same speed, without interference from authorities or telecommunications companies among other firms.

As for the Internet itself, it is considered a fundamental "basic human right" in the modern world by the United Nations, [1] and as such is a resource to those with access. As elaborated in the next paragraph, it is on the verge of becoming a luxury that people should not be paying for, and not the public utility Title II treats it as.

In recent times, as many sources have stated, certain telecommunications companies and Internet service providers (ISPs) now want to give certain websites more priority than others; many in the latter group are lesser-known and/or obscure. (An example is the aforementioned Referata.) To encourage fair competition and a chance to break out, they should leave those sites alone and treat them as equals speedwise. To exclude one of those from wider availability would be locking away what may be valuable to other people in the future, thus setting off potential isolation and loss of luster. To prioritise so-called "fast lanes" and "slow lanes", as well as speed throttling, would impede progress and innovation for many.

Furthermore, many in America and elsewhere in the world already pay for cable-channel bundles, whose increasing costs have made some subscribers "cut the cord" in favour of Internet-only service. We cannot let bundling happen to the World Wide Web at any rate, anywhere, under any circumstances; doing so is tantamount to discrimination, racketeering, and abuse of responsibility and power. Nor are we willing to see you turn against the same users you have chased out, for where else will we turn to? We are paying more than enough already, and should not be shortchanged any further. The greed said companies can exhibit knows no bounds.

By now, Mr. Pai, I hope you are aware that New York Senator, Sean Maloney, has recently drafted a bill (H.R. 4585) [2] that will protect net neutrality if passed in the House and Senate. In addition, you and your allies should take a cue from net-neutrality regulations that India proposed in late November 2017. [3] Even Canada has vowed to uphold net neutrality as of late. [4] Moreover, a few in your firm--as well as elected officials and voters in your own party--have been rightly concerned about your plans. [5] [6] That does not even go into the online pioneers, [7] various technology companies, and millions of common people who have spoken out time and again.

To quote from a recent Google+ post of mine:

"It's no wonder schools, colleges, universities, and libraries (physical or digital) should be rightly worried (if some haven't already)--because the Internet is indeed vital to the well-being of their infrastructures. Almost everything's switched to digital in the past several years, which may make you wonder:

"Are we (as a nation--or a world) heading towards another Alexandria event or Dark Age period, and how else shall we cope? And more importantly: How well-prepared are we at this crucial point in time? What will some do when they get left behind and realise the repercussions too late?" [8]

By repealing 2015's Title II classification, Mr. Pai, you will do the United States--and the rest of the world in due course--what could soon be one of modern history's greatest disservices. By allowing ISPs and the like to control the Internet how, when, and where they please, you will be responsible for locking out everyone who deserves access more than others of higher authority. As for the poorest individuals and families who are already feeling the pinch of low speeds, you will make things even worse for them. Who among them could soon become a great nurse, professor, doctor, pilot, librarian, artist, author, animator, filmmaker, startup maven, or technician--only to be denied the chance to make it because of unreliable speeds or a page block?

I urge you and your allies, Mr. Pai, to hold steadfast to the rules that Tim Wheeler and your other predecessors codified in 2015, or at the very least, find a way to strengthen them so that everyone can benefit. Or it would do your team better to hold off the vote, look into the comment fraud that has cast a dark cloud over the process, [9] let the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) handle its own case against AT&T Mobility (subsidiary of an ISP/telecommunications company), [10] and hold a public meeting instead. Because if not, then you have violated the First Amendment of the Constitution; [11] taken that fundamental human right away from us; [1] betrayed the mission of your own organisation (as outlined in the Communications Act of 1934); [12] and also betrayed us as a society at large.

Every time I read about your intent from a Samsung tablet, my heart and blood and mind boil in rage. People in my position would act likewise, and you cannot ignore that. Even the characters I have created as an author--and my imaginary friends--are feeling it as much.

We are all about to enter the longest winter of our discontent if you proceed with the repeal, and you cannot deny it either. You will shut away those who deserve more than you, and you will regret that as well. It shames me, and others, to see what the FCC--and Congress--have lately become. (This, coming from a traditionally apolitical resident.)

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely,


DCJC, a.k.a. Reginald Routhwick
(Deeply Concerned Open-Source Content Creator Specialising in Children's Books and Constructed Languages)

33511/USA


[1] https://www.theverge.com/2016/7/4/12092740/un-resolution-condemns-disrupting-internet-access

[2] "H.R.4585 - To prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from relying on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the matter of restoring internet freedom to adopt, amend, revoke, or otherwise modify any rule of the Commission." ( https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4585 )

[3] https://qz.com/1140558/net-neutrality-indias-trai-is-upholding-an-open-internet-as-the-fcc-moves-to-dismantle-it-in-the-us/

[4] https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/04/as-us-prepares-to-gut-net-neutrality-rules-canada-strengthens-them/

[5] https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/13/net-neutrality-repeal-warning-eric-burger-fcc-259968

[6] https://gizmodo.com/only-1-in-5-republicans-want-the-fcc-to-gut-net-neutral-1821231973

[7] https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/11/net-neutrality-vint-cerf-tim-berners-lee-fcc-letter

[8] https://plus.google.com/103283675665371670119/posts/8JVzVokDZxG

[9] FTC V. AT&T MOBILITY LLC, No. 15-16585 (9th Cir. 2017); filed on 5/9/2017. ( https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/15-16585/15-16585-2017-05-09.html )

[10] https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/dead-people-among-millions-impersonated-in-fake-net-neutrality-comments/

[11] "Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992)

"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

[12] "SEC. 202. [47 U.S.C. 202] DISCRIMINATION AND PREFERENCES.

"(a) It shall be unlawful for any common carrier to make any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services for or in connection with like communication service, directly or indirectly, by any means or device, or to make or give any undue or unreasonable preference or advantage to any particular person, class of persons, or locality, or to subject any particular person, class of persons, or locality to any undue or unreasonable prejudice or disadvantage."

(Sent via my Galaxy Tab 3)

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If all goes well, I'll see you back by three a.m. this overnight.

The sooner r/conlangs begins its next Fortnight (after "Lexember" pre-emptions), the sooner I announce the 5,000-page milestone. Back on G+, focusing on another round of substantials next we meet, the playlist shindig in the Notebook among them, plus another Tumblr critique, plus another commentary on G+'s closure; perhaps I'll also find time to pitch one or more Unspooled proposals to a writing Community. Other than that...

Stay tuned for a couple of recent musings from this Captain, plus two belated "Where's Adanson?" snaps in the Notebook, and more from the Nature Island. Other than that, come back soon for more of the usual (including Michael in the U.S. Southeast and the Furry+ queue). Not to mention we'll deal with the tune hunts anytime before long--not to mention a disclosure on which re.BUILD setlist cue took me to 10,000 scrobbles. (As always, see you with an outline draft and a commission WIP frame.)

On the way soon, a timeline of this Captain's sabbatical, plus more mailbox readup. Also on the docket, some more postcard filler; the resolutions we've yet to fulfill; and everything else in between. Until then, take care, stay connected...and God bless.

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Well...guess it's off to WordPress, Patreon, Reddit, and the anthro art sites next Easter. (Coverage kicks back in the rest of this week.)

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It seems that Google was surprised that so many people are still using Google+. As they want to get rid of us (their most loyal users), they now decided to kick us out already in April instead of August :-(
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After this last one for tonight, an urgent extra.

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Two down tonight, one to go.

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The Dolomites continued to charm me. My family and I spent days in the mountains, and each day revealed more enchanting, tucked away places. After a few days in the mountains, I found what must be one of the most ethereally beautiful places in... >> https://bit.ly/2ruJb4g
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Today was a good chance to break away from the filler--and today was not that day. (Back to the mandatory trio.)

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As for the rest of the story...

Next up on the agenda (or feraigaides), a semantic form for EN-RFM demo entries--long while coming, and given the oodles of parameters in its companion template, it'll take a bit of work. On the way soon, the long-belated {{Morpheme}} redesign switchover, and a renewed attempt at an etymological dictionary.

As far as the scrobbles are concerned, this Captain hit the 2,000 "artist" mark over four weeks ago. (Said statistic is slightly inflated due to earlier tags with slashes and/or errant language encoding.) Announcing that--and whatever my 1000th play was--anytime before next Wednesday.

In other news, the Notebook entry I recently promised is on the backburner for a while longer. (Stay tuned for a breakdown of Adanson's playlist methodology + inventory quantity.)

In other news, heading back to the gift map soon enough--and the Unspooled manuscript redraft later on. (Opening anthro commissions soon; keep an eye out.)

In a while, flipping back to the filler; substantial queue on hold. In due time, recent musings from this Captain; more news and views on G+'s closure; and another update on the aftermath of Michael. Again, I'll see you with plenty more soon. As usual, this feed can never catch a good break--and nor can Google's long-drifting social-media team.

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Sadly, TMN (Too Much Nostalgia) kicked in till four...

and the aftereffects have floated around me up till this lull-breaker. Back to square one (i.e. the canned intro) in a little bit.

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Day 2355

Joalfroddíem, bíentés. (Stands for "Good morning, folks" in Relformaide.)

After hours of warmup across RFM and my stockpile...time to sign back on early (as scheduled).

To start things off (in part one of today's intro): Were it not for a couple of Inkbunny folk in recent memory, then "Pups of Liberty"--an animated anthro short from early in the New Tens--wouldn't have floated in my mind as the first choice for my first YouTube-on-TV fling in three or so years--on the superior's new set I helped out with yesterday. (The other set lost its app due to outdatedness.)

Speaking of political derring-do: CRA deadline's today, with apparently no vote in sight. (That's the "Congressional Review Act", for those catching up.) But the fight for a fair, free, and open Internet stateside rages on. See you back with more coverage as I get it.

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...I'll see you back in the next 4-10 hours, mood pending.

The sooner r/conlangs begins its next Fortnight (after "Lexember" pre-emptions), the sooner I announce the 5,000-page milestone. Back on G+, focusing on another round of substantials next we meet, the playlist shindig in the Notebook among them, plus another Tumblr critique; perhaps I'll also find time to pitch one or more Unspooled proposals to a writing Community. Other than that...

Stay tuned for a couple of recent musings from this Captain, plus two belated "Where's Adanson?" snaps in the Notebook, and more from the Nature Island. Other than that, come back soon for more of the usual (G+ wind-down, Michael in the U.S. Southeast, and the Furry+ queue). Not to mention we'll deal with the tune hunts anytime before long--not to mention a disclosure on which re.BUILD setlist cue took me to 10,000 scrobbles. (As always, see you with an outline draft and a commission WIP frame.)

On the way soon, a timeline of this Captain's sabbatical, plus more mailbox readup. Also on the docket, some more postcard filler; the resolutions we've yet to fulfill; and everything else in between. Until then, take care, stay connected...and God bless.

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