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article imageNeoCities throttles FCC over net neutrality protest

By Milton Este     May 9, 2014 in Technology
Two-tier internet service is not the way to go and one web hosting service took an interesting approach to get this point across. By giving them a taste of their own medicine, NeoCities hopes the FCC will reconsider their net neutrality proposal.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal would allow internet service providers (ISPs) to sell a two-tiered service. Those who pay will receive faster internet speeds and those who do not will have their speeds throttled.
Bandwidth throttling is the intentional slow down of internet speeds. It is usually done to regulate network traffic or to reduce bandwidth congestion.
While major corporations including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and over 100 others have written to U.S telecom regulators, NeoCities decided to do something slightly differently. NeoCities, in their blog post, announced a special Ferengi plan just for the FCC.
Since the FCC loves this idea so much, NeoCities, after finding out the FCC's internal IP block, throttled their speeds to 28.8 Kbps on all NeoCities.org front sites. If they wish to remove this capped speed, the FCC will have to pay $1,000 per year as part of the Ferengi plan.
"I've (through correspondence) gotten access to the FCC's internal IP block, and throttled all connections from the FCC to 28.8kbps modem speeds on the Neocities.org front site, and I'm not removing it until the FCC pays us for the bandwidth they've been wasting instead of doing their jobs protecting us from the 'keep America's internet slow and expensive forever' lobby," NeoCities founder Kyle Drake wrote in a blog post.
"The Ferengi plan is a special FCC-only plan that costs $1000 per year, and removes the 28.8kbps modem throttle to the FCC. We will happily take Credit Cards, Bitcoin, and Dogecoin from crooked FCC executives that probably have plenty of money from bribes on our Donations page," he continued. "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. It's time for the web to organize and stand up against these thugs before they ruin everything that the web stands for."
For those that wish to take part in this protest, there is a way to do so. The "Ferengi Plan" code is up on GitHub for grabs to give the FCC a taste of their own proposal. Hopefully the FCC will keep this in mind when they vote on this proposal on May 15.
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