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Pirate Monk
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Hey #amazon  CUT IT THE FUCK OUT.  I'm cancelling my prime membership and I'm blocking Amazon from everything, ever, for good.

Fucking asshats.
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What to do about Net Neutrality and the FCC fuckwads screwing it up.

CALL the White House. The number for comments is 202-456-1111. The phone menu for this can be a bit of a pain, so skip and come back here if you're limited on time.
Write a letter. Yes, that means snail mail:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Fill out an email form. Instead of aggregating 100,000+ people into a single, easily ignored petition, make them spend a little bit of effort ignoring you.
Done one (or all) of those? Good. Now hit the FCC:
Dial 888-225-5322
push 1, 4, 0
a person will answer.
they will ask for your name and address. you can just give them a zip code if you want.
"I'm calling to ask the FCC to reclassify Internet Service Providers as Title Two Common Carriers." Feel free to add more, if you have more to say!
They'll ask if there is anything else you would like to add.
"No, Thank you for your time."
hang up.
They'll probably have an automated message telling you to send an email when you call the FCC's number. Nope. Crash their phone system and keep their operators busy.
Now go submit Comments to the FCC's Proceeding. You'll probably want to say "Commissioner Wheeler is a corrupt asswipe who could better serve the public as a rifle range backstop than his current position", but try to express that in terms of Proceeding 14-28 and why the FCC needs to reclassify ISPs as Common Carriers under Title II. Net Neutrality is only the beginning- as a data service provider, they're strikingly vulnerable to being grouped as an associate to any crime committed over their connections, just as Kim Dotcom was.
DO NOT use a form letter for the 14-28 comments! This will get your comments aggregated and considered a mass email along with everyone else who used that form letter. This makes your comment more or less ineffective! Take two minutes to type out a paragraph. (You're on Reddit right now, so don't tell me you don't have two minutes.) Potential talking points include:
ISPs can charge extra fees to carry traffic from any online business they want. If a company depends heavily on Internet traffic, the ISP could refuse to allow web pages to load in under 30 seconds unless that business pays up. How much? Whatever the ISP thinks it can get you to pay.
Consumers are already paying for Internet access. Online businesses pay their ISPs, just like consumers. Why should the regular people not get the Internet services like email, Facebook, or videos that they've already paid their ISP for? Why should an online business have to pay the customer's ISP, when the customer already paid that bill?
The end result will be either destroying businesses that can't afford to pay up, or higher fees for customers. Some ISPs also own their own online businesses. Those ISPs can charge competitors high enough fees to drive them out of business, so customers only have one option.
Fixing the problem is easy: The FCC reclassifies ISPs as Title II, just like a phone company. If you talk about Verizon on an AT&T phone, they're not allowed to cut off your call, or fill it with static. ISPs shouldn't be allowed to interfere with your Internet either.
Mix it up, add your own views.
Call your Congressperson. Yes, phone call again. Speak slowly and clearly, and keep your talking points simple. You're talking to an intern again. What do you want? Title II for ISPs. Why do you want it? Because as a sysadmin and subject matter expert, you are concerned about what this will mean for the industry, for customers, and for your job and those of others like you in their district.
EDIT: Okay, this blew the heck up a lot more than I expected. Since there's a /r/bestof link now, let's do this right. Get your voice personally heard by doing some of the following!
On the vote to create 'fast lanes' (Where if you're not paying extra to Comcast AND Time Warner AND Charter AND Verizon, you're in the slow lane):
Tom Wheeler (D): YES
Mignon Clyburn (D): YES
Jessica Rosenworcel (D): YES
Ajit Pai (R): NO
Michael O'Rielly (R): NO
Thank Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly for trying to stop the "slow lanes unless you pay cable ISPs" concept. Ask Jessica Rosenworcel why, if she had misgivings about the vote moving too fast, she voted for it. Express your displeasure with Tom Wheeler and Mignon Clyburn.
Interestingly enough, the Chairman and Commissioners' direct email addresses have vanished off the FCC website and been replaced by a web form. It's like they don't want people like you to be able to contact the FCC's leadership directly. Pity, that:
Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: michael.orielly@fcc.gov
Do not CC: or mass-email them. The government has fairly effective spam filters and you're likely to get your message trapped. Take a moment to write out a few sentences and shoot an email off to each individually.
Their telephone numbers have vanished too. Too bad they're public record:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: 1-202-418-1000
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: 1-202-418-2100
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: 1-202-418-2400
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai: 1-202-418-2000
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: 1-202-418-2300
Give them a ring.
Want to learn more?
A quick Network Neutrality primer
http://www.savetheinternet.com/what-can-i-do - Yeah, it's more stuff you can do.
Reddit's Blog including a few short videos and a picture of what your Internet options could look like without Net Neutrality
What else can you do?
Write your local newspaper a letter to the editor, call your local television news station and ask them to do a story, especially if you're an actual subject matter expert on networking and the Internet who is good in front of cameras. Consider using those talking points above to illustrate the issue in simple terms. For the generic company referenced, substitute "If (newspaper/news station) depends heavily on Internet traffic, the ISP could refuse to allow web pages to load in under 30 seconds unless (newspaper/news station) pays up."
You may have their attention at that point!
Edit 2: Thanks for the gold, anonymous Redditor. If anyone else feels like saying 'thank you' though, please use the following instead:
http://www.wolf-pac.com/ - The federal government can't be trusted. It must therefore be forced. Wolf PAC is dedicated to creating grass roots organizations to push through a Constitutional amendment and roll back Citizen's United by getting 34 state legislatures onboard, one by one. The Nineteenth Amendment took forty one years to give women the right to vote. Wolf PAC is in this for the long haul.
https://www.eff.org/ - Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF. Freedom of speech, fighting software/Internet patent trolls, government transparency and personal privacy, is there anything the EFF doesn't do for a healthy Internet?
https://act.freepress.net/donate/internet_15_15/ - Laser-focused on one thing right now: Fighting for Net Neutrality.
; ; Net Neutrality is on life support. To save it we need to turn up the heat on the Federal Communications Commission and Chairman Tom Wheeler. We must stop the FCC from passing rules that would break the Internet and allow
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Just another media jammer rocking round the biosphere.
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Pioneered the internet based STL (Studio Transmitter Link) for pirate radio stations. Founded and ran Boulder Free Radio (KBFR), also known as The Beefer in Boulder, CO. from 1999-2005
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