Support Net Neutrality

WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?

Net Neutrality is a Free Speech Issue

Net Neutrality is the principle that everyone who uses the internet, and all content on the internet,  can not be discriminated against. With Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Century Link and others or governments cannot charge you differently based on how you use the internet, what equipment you use, or the content of your message. Currently, it is illegal for ISPs to intentionally block, slow down, or charge money for specific content.

In other words, Net Neutrality keeps the internet as it is, and accessible to everyone. It has allowed the internet to be what it is today.

Eliminating net Neutrality would change this.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Like to stream movies? That’s an extra $10. Want to check your email from a computer? Add $5. Want to use Gmail specifically? Sorry - another $15. Gaming? Ooooh that’s gonna be some bandwidth - an additional $45. Porn? Don’t even get me started, and you better hope you don’t hit that new data cap.

Without Net Neutrality what we use the internet for can be sold to us in packages. AND, it doesn’t ensure we’d get that material quickly, or with better service. For example, if Comcast wants you to use their platform for streaming movies rather than Netflix - they can simply slow your data down when you’re on Netflix, so your videos never load, while increasing the speed to their own platform.

The Cascadia movement supports local, small and grassroots businesses, causes and community organizations that would be negatively impacted by abolishing net neutrality, and would be unable to effectively compete without a fair framework in place.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A WORLD WITH NO NET NEUTRALITY? 

A short history of how ISP's abuse consumers whenever they can do so:

  • 2005 - Madison River Communications was blocking VOIP services. The FCC put a stop to it.

  • 2005 - Comcast was denying access to p2p services without notifying customers.

  • 2007-2009 - AT&T was having Skype and other VOIPs blocked because they didn't like there was competition for their cellphones. 2011 - MetroPCS tried to block all streaming except youtube. (edit: they actually sued the FCC over this)

  • 2011-2013, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon were blocking access to Google Wallet because it competed with their bullshit. edit: this one happened literally months after the trio were busted collaborating with Google to block apps from the android marketplace

  • 2012, Verizon was demanding google block tethering apps on android because it let owners avoid their $20 tethering fee. This was despite guaranteeing they wouldn't do that as part of a winning bid on an airwaves auction. (edit: they were fined $1.25million over this)

  • 2012, AT&T - tried to block access to FaceTime unless customers paid more money.

  • 2013, Verizon literally stated that the only thing stopping them from favoring some content providers over other providers were the net neutrality rules in place.

Personal Property Rights: The Right to Repair

The Cascadia Department of Bioregion supports the right of every individual to have the right to repair items that they own. All too often, usable products and device components are shredded or tossed away instead of being salvaged, fixed, and reused.

Many consumers are unaware that companies and governments have made it illegal for individuals, third parties, or non-direct or licensed service processors to make simple repair of products.

Guaranteeing Property Rights

PRODUCT OWNERS NEED THE RIGHT TO REPAIR THEIR PRODUCTS OR HAVE THEM SERVICED AT THE INDEPENDENT REPAIR FACILITY OF THEIR CHOICE.

  1. Many manufacturers make it impossible—whether inadvertently or intentionally—for consumers or independent repair technicians to fix their products, leaving consumers with few other options than to buy new.

  2. Creating an economy around extending the lifespan of manufactured goods will create jobs and benefit the environment.

  3. Products should be designed to have their lifespan extended by regular maintenance and repair.

Equal Access

Work To:

  1. Information:

    • Manuals: Make publicly accessible standardized service manuals in an electronic format.

    • Schematics and circuit diagrams: Make semiconductor diagrams and data sheets publicly accessible.

    • Software updates: Allow owners and independent service providers access to machine code and firmware patches and fixes. 

    • Licenses: Make all contracts clearly identify which elements of the machine are not included in the sale. Do not allow companies to create contract language (End User License Agreements) that modify or limit support options in the future.

  2. Parts + Tools: Make service parts and tools available at non-discriminatory pricing to equipment owners and third parties.

    • Patents: Encourage patent licenses to produce repair parts and tools available under fair licensing terms.

    • Diagnostics: Make troubleshooting and diagnostic tools, codes, and service software available.

  3. Unlocking: Legalize unlocking, adapting, and modifying any part of the machine, including software.

  4. Design: Integrate Design for Repair principles into eco-design product design practices.

Incorporating Cascadia Universal Protections

Cascadia should ensure it’s citizens the right to live - with every person making the choice how to live. As we enter into the 21st century, and with newly emerging instability, inequality and technology - this means providing every citizen with the basic tenets of society for life , liberty and happiness.

Creating a Constitution: Establishing a Framework for a Constituent Assembly

Any pathway to greater autonomy, independence, or self determination must be decided and created by the people who live here, in a peaceful and democratic manner. Rather than small groups placing their ideas or will upon a larger - from the beginning a framework for a democratic body able to represent Cascadia, and enter into decision making and external negotiations must be put in place.

Liquid Democracy: A Truly Democratic System for the 21st Century

Liquid Democracy, a subset of Delegative Democracy, is a powerful voting model for collective decision making in large communities. Liquid Democracy combines the advantages of Direct Democracy and Representative Democracy to create a truly democratic voting system that empowers voters to either vote on issues directly, or to delegate ones voting power to a trusted party.

Cascadia General Data Protection Regulation (CGDPR)

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, and more personal information becomes available online - Cascadians must push for stronger privacy and data regulations to gauruntee the rights of every individual to have access to - and determine how their information is used and stored.