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Web host slaps FCC with dial-up speeds over net neutrality

Web Host Slaps FCC With Dial-Up Speeds Over Net Neutrality

One site feels the best way to get through to the FCC on the net neutrality issue - is to give it a taste of the worst-case scenario.

Web hosting and design company Neocities, which offers free website design to its users, has throttled the FCC's connection to its site to 28.8kbps.

That's a crawl by today's standards. For comparison, web tracker Akamai says the average broadband connection in the U.S. was approaching 10mbps last year.

Currently, anyone visiting Neocities from the FCC's computers would deal with speeds more than 400 times slower than that. The throttling applies only to IP addresses coming from the FCC, so nobody else in inconvenienced.

The extreme-sounding measure is a protest against FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed Internet guidelines, which would let ISPs charge content providers a premium for higher bandwidth. BGR reports the worry is it will force everyone else - providers and web users alike - into the Internet's "slow lane."

Neocities founder Kyle Drake explained on the official blog: the trick uses server-side code to detect the incoming traffic and crank back the bandwidth to a slow trickle.

"If it bothers you that I'm doing this, I want to point out that everyone is going to be doing crap like this after the FCC rips apart Net Neutrality."

"In the grand scheme of things," says The Verge, "the protest means little. It's doubtful that many people browsing the web at the FCC have ever visited or even heard of NeoCities. But that's not the point."

The point is to show the FCC what a new status quo could look like, by applying the fastest network speeds 1994 had to offer to today's web. A world of information at your fingertips! Eventually.

To that end, Drake has posted his throttling code to GitHub, so other server operators can get in on the fun.

We wouldn't hold our breath for a big name like Google to try it out, but those companies are aware of the risks a fast lane poses to the Internet.

Re/code reports dozens of them, including the likes of Google and Netflix, have officially urged the FCC to reconsider Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed fast lane rules.

As have venture capitalists like nickgrossman.is, U.S. Senators such as Sen. Ron Wyden and Twitter.

Even the FCC's other commissioners have taken to publicly worrying about it. Several have urged Wheeler to postpone the vote so the FCC has more time to understand what it would mean for the American Internet.

Wheeler has extended the public comment period leading up to the vote, but has indicated he will not delay the proposal itself. The commission is set to vote on Thursday.

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gfcsales May 10 2014 at 1:08 PM

I typed this comment a week ago. Let me know when it shows up.

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Roy gfcsales May 10 2014 at 3:11 PM

2 hours ago!

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juststeve35 gfcsales May 10 2014 at 3:54 PM

2 hours and 19 minutes ago.

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mentalimagry May 11 2014 at 9:26 AM

Wait, these idiots work for us.

Note to government employees and elected officials,

If we say we don't want this then you should all be tripping over eachother trying to hurry up and get it stopped before it upsets us. There is no reason for a person in this government to believe that they have any right to shape America. WE THE PEOPLE are the only ones who have that right. You listen to us, we make the decisions, you carry them out. Plain and simple. if you want to make a change, put it on a ballot and we will vote on it. Otherwise, don't touch anything.

We need to seriously consider removing politics as a career. It needs to be a civic duty, like jury duty or voting, not a career. We need every government employee to be graded each year to make sure that they have not done anything to violate their oath to uphold the Constitution which they swore upon entering government service. A mandatory 10 year prison sentence should be the consequence for breaking that oath.

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ohiohikingstick May 11 2014 at 12:02 AM

Ut Oh.... I sense Free Obama-Net coming to an Obama Phone / Pad near you. Because we know all welfare and food stamp folks need high speed free gov't internet on their free Obama-phones, of course the Gov't will have to raise the minute limit from 250 minutes to 2500 minutes so all can watch the newest hawt movie from Hollywood...... .or Surf TMZ.......

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Bill Graham May 10 2014 at 10:59 PM

More examples of our government officals being bought and paid for by the corporations of America. Today you can get all the goverment you can pay for and a goverment of the people by the people and for the people is mearly a dream of times gone past. The public officials in America no longer represent the people at least not the majority of the people.

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kclcn Bill Graham May 11 2014 at 2:25 AM

Bill Graham ~ They're the Koch Brothers the billionaire buffoons who back the teabaggers & gop & are promoting fracking & all sorts of other crap..

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marcia_myers kclcn May 11 2014 at 7:38 AM

What no mention the dims Communist buffo billionaire George Soros and his mouth piece Media Matters

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chuck1040 Bill Graham May 11 2014 at 9:53 AM


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YourFtr May 10 2014 at 10:17 PM

This sounds like everybody will have access to the internet;
however, if you are the poor....
and consequently of no advertisinginterest.....
then your speed wil be cut.....
Also, the Liberal regimes will want to cut all political opponents speed back, also.

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ransomwright YourFtr May 10 2014 at 11:17 PM

That is a stupid remark.

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dubricus YourFtr May 11 2014 at 10:52 AM

How is it that you think the poor have access to the Internet? In the city where I live, you have to sign up for a 20 min. computer slot a day ahead of time & you'd better be there 1 hour before your time or they'll give your slot to another person on a waiting list. That's how many people have to use the public library's Internet stations. None of my senior citizen neighbors have Internet & get very frustrated when they are told to do danged near everything online. Many people go w/o permanent housing so that they can afford a smart phone. On a SS or SSDI check in many cities they can't afford both.

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ian.cohen dubricus May 11 2014 at 10:58 AM

For the most part I have seen it is Seniors mad because everything isn't done by mail anymore. And they refuse to get internet, not because it is financially burdensome, but because they figure "If we refuse to do it online they will go back to our way."

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gort1111 May 10 2014 at 6:08 PM

I hope that Neocities keeps it up if the vote goes through ...It would be nice if the Government could suffer the same ill gotten effects ( or possibilities to come ) , of their own decisions right along with the rest of us .

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dolphsting1 May 10 2014 at 4:58 PM

Any company that gouges me for extra money on this issue will not get my business or my traffic. The moment people start showing these companies a bottom line reduction over this, then the rancor will hit the FCC.I would take it a step farther,slow EVERY govt entities access to as many sites as possible. The FCC is a representative of the govt afterall. Funny how the FCC will attack a show that maybe said a bad word or showed a boob over a small complainant size. But with this subject millions are not listened to. Because it is all about money afterall. Wheeler should be investigated.

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thankgodikauai dolphsting1 May 10 2014 at 6:09 PM



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'57mad thankgodikauai May 10 2014 at 9:07 PM

you just proved every point anyone could possibly make about why the fcc is useless.and? why some should be hunted down and exposed on the web as the mindless drone you are.

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dubricus dolphsting1 May 11 2014 at 10:56 AM

You have to understand that for many of these companies the US consumer is no longer king. They are not relying on income from US consumers.... they have the added cushion of overseas sales, which may actually be where the majority of business comes from. However, more than anything they are sitting on piles of money which they churn to make more money. That's why they are not hiring, not investing in infrastructure, not increasing dividends. The money makes more money churning thru the financial world than it does actually being used to do things with.

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juststeve35 May 10 2014 at 3:52 PM

Why won't he wait?

Whose pocket(s) is his hand in???

Plutocracy rules...

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cyretired May 10 2014 at 3:08 PM

So the ruling will pretty much in the long run cancel out that super fast internet you paid for because the source your trying to access is being throttled to you. Of course for a modest fee we'll let you pass. If you increase your service fee to cover the cost that's not our fault we didn't directly raise rates to our broadband customers. The FCC needs to just go away and stop wasting tax payer money if they will let things like this get by them.

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bdgrizcp May 10 2014 at 1:09 PM

If anyone can get it wrong, the FCC can completely screw it up. Look at how they've handled public access to airwaves for the last 90 or so years. Radio had hardly been discovered when the FCC came into power and donated much of the electromagnetic spectrum to government, locked out individuals, setting aside a tiny portion of the spectrum for personal use and making it very difficult for most people to gain access. It seems like they want to do the same with the internet--which has only been around for 20 years or so.

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juststeve35 bdgrizcp May 10 2014 at 3:54 PM


Unlike many, you have hit the nail directly on the head and the comparison is 100% applicable.

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