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FCC Title II Net Neutrality “Saving” The Internet Or Another Repackaging of Bad Regulations?

Internet Regulation

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If you haven’t heard, your online freedom is at stake again. Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission recalled a very interesting story recently about his own history with creating one of the world’s first internet service provider companies alongside AOL, which crushed his own NABU Network due to the simple fact that the FCC forced phone lines to be Open Networks while cable companies remained closed.

This fascinating story taken from a page of Tom’s actual life perfectly demonstrates why we need to stop the ISP Monopoly that is threatening to emerge. The FCC would have you believe that their modernized Title II regulation is part of this fight for freedom. However, many are skeptical about the plan to say the least.

To learn more about Tom Wheeler, the new Title II Regulations, and the history of the internet, read this opinion piece from the man himself entitled FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality. But beware that what he isn’t telling you is that the 332 page plan for free internet regulation, is actually likely to cause the opposite of freedom online. This man’s plan is to make the Internet a utility regulated by the Government. Effectively re-packaging a bad piece of regulations in an attempt to use it as a weapon against companies threatening to ruin what we now call our digital home.

“FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, at last week’s meeting, called Title II “an inappropriate framework for today’s dynamic technologies.” O’Rielly, a Republican, was one of the two that voted against Wheeler’s proposal.” [Source: DailyDot]

AT&T has already found holes in this supposedly great plan, and have began to prepare the ultimate consumer abuse for a new digital dark age should this pass. Ajit Pai is a member of the Federal Communications Commission, here’s what he has to say about it. So the debate is on the table folks… some people want government to take over and save them from the cable monopoly while others are looking at the new Utility legislation as a disaster waiting to happen. Many are left bewildered by the flip flopping of the entire situation.

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Nobody should want Government in Internet. This will lead to illegal actions they want to take including Censorship, and Freedom of Speech Violations that the Government will do through these regulations. It’s wrong, it’s bad for business, and it’s against our liberty. America is about less Government, and more freedom, not more Government.

The fact is, no one entity owns the Internet. When I was a kid, the Dewey decimal system was a big deal. Imagine how the world would be held back today, not only for video game designers around the world but for every industry, if libraries were the only way to access information. Teachers, lawyers, doctors, game designers, police, politicians, filmmakers, writers, students, and even your average every day citizen all rely so heavily on the Internet today as a positive force of improvement for their job.

We are still at risk for losing our free speech, losing our freedom to information, and losing our free market competition in this space. For example, you don’t have to believe me – here’s another couple of sources of information on the free internet beyond the links I’ve provided breaking it down in video format below.

Keep in mind that major players such as Comcast, AT&T, and other cable companies are trying to do what by all means should be an illegal merger in an act of desperation. The Government wants to jump in and simultaneously stop the corporations, but take all the censorship and control freak actions for themselves instead.

In just three days the FCC will take a look at yet another piece of regulation. For those who haven’t been keeping up, Wheeler is trying to make everyone think we won over the FCC – but now is attempting to pass what could simply be a bad idea once again re-dressed and re-skinned making the claim that it will save us from the cable monopoly soon to come if the ISP giants are allowed to merge.

Of course we as Americans need to take a stand now and stop the insanity of service providers attempting to merge in order to enact censorship and corporate greed on levels never before seen. But can we really for a second believe that putting the Government into the Internet is going to save us? Please take a moment to educate yourselves on the matter, as this is something which effects us all.

If your head is spinning by now, we won’t blame you. RealGamerNewz will speak more on this issue in the days, weeks, and months to come as it is a high priority issue that effects us all.

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Twitch Announces Huge Buy-Out Deal Complete…. With Amazon! (Not YouTube)

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In a heartfelt letter to the staff of Twitch and its many, many subscribers as well as broadcasters letting them know that the rumors which had boiled up about a Twitch buyout were not exactly as people thought. It turns out that Twitch will aim to retain many of its same employees, business model, and design vision under Amazon as a new partner. Amazon will acquire Twitch. The CEO of Twitch Emmett Shear had this to say to everyone about the deal which was completed for approximately $970 Million:

“Letter from the CEO
August 25, 2014

Dear Twitch Community,

It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound.

Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance – these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us.

Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start.

Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.

I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you’ve created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they’d get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much.

It’s dangerous to go alone. On behalf of myself and everyone else at Twitch, thank you for coming with us.

Emmett Shear, CEO”

[Source: Twitch]

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Rumor: YouTube Wants To Buy Twitch Out For $1 Billion ; Gamers Rights In Question

Twitch TV YouTube Merger

Update: Amazon has purchased Twitch (amount and detailed info, with letter from Twitch CEO Here)

Gamers are sure to remember the latest fiasco with YouTube as rights owners to creative content made with permission and facilitation (i.e. free copies) directly from game companies getting their videos false flagged broke major headlines with sweeping changes to the YouTube video service which effected the games industry throughout.

New reports indicate that Google’s brand YouTube is in the stages of making an acquisition of Twitch.TV for approximately $1 Billion. As gamers know, and gameplay walkthrough commentary creators on YouTube will attest to, the policy of Twitch has been regarded as much more pro-gamer and gamer-friendly that that of YT. Long-term worries obviously that come up with a deal like this include gamer’s right getting rejected in favor of the decisions that major corporations make.

Until the deal actually happens and the business world sees the actions a merged Twitch/YT would begin to take, it’s really only speculation at this point. That being said, the new CEO at YouTube Susan Wojcicki could flip what gamers think of as a negative situation into a positive by allowing the smooth operation of Twitch.TV between game companies and gamers to influence the way that pre-recorded videos work on YouTube for gaming broadcasters, or even create a separate part of YT which directs gamers to use a Twitch branded service rather than YT for their commentary channels.

Update: Gaming Community Feedback

Gamers are already speaking about their thoughts on the matter. Here are some uncensored opinions from the gaming community on the potential of a YouTube X Twitch.TV merger and how they feel about it direct from the source of gamers themselves. **Editor’s Note: Names have been slightly edited to provide privacy to those who commented on the story through our promotional partner channels.

YOUTUBE TWITCH MERGER

Twitch Dont Merge YouTube

***Editor’s Note: Names Removed For Privacy***

What Is Twitch.TV?

If you aren’t even sure what the fuss is all about, or what Twitch.TV is – take a look at this video below.

[Some Info Sourced: Akam Ali, NG, V]

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