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Author: Teala

This is your tomorrow without Net Neutrality - are you ready for it?

Posted by Teala Wednesday June 23 2010 at 8:28AM
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Today you are free to play any game you like on the Internet because of one thing - Net Neutrality.   Net Neutrality means you have unfettered access to any and all websites at whatever speed your current connection allows for.    For a better understanding of exactly what it is, may I suggest some reading of this website.   Net Neutrality - Wikipedia.

This last Monday and Tuesday, behind closed doors the FCC and such companies as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, ComCast and Google had meetings to discuss Net Neutrality, broadband Internet, and wireless networks.  What is at stake?  The Internet.   For years the Internet has been accessible to anyone and everyone for the most part and that meant that you and I could access hundreds of games, thousands of blogs, and little known websites without fear of slow down or access to them.   That all may change within the next few months if telcom and cable companies have their way.   With the closed door meetings being held by the FCC and these companies it can mean only one thing.   We the consumer are going to lose this one.   The corporations will win and when they win the Internet as we know it will change and it will not be better - but worse.

Let's look into the future of the Internet.   Experts(even the creator of the Internet Tim Berners-Lee) all agree that if telcom and cable companies have control this is how it'll probably be.  (It should be noted that Google is for Net Neutrality)

Imagine a tomorrow without Net Neutrality in place.  

That free to play game you've fell in love with...you no longer have access to it.   Oh wait, you haven't heard.  AT&T has decided that those free to play games are consuming to much bandwidth and have blocked them from the carrier lines.  Good news is that you can switch telcom providers and go with Verizon!  Yeah!   They allow for that one free to play game to have access to their carrier lines - oh yeah, sorry,...forgot to mention that the game you thought was free to play actually cost money to play now.   Yeah, you see in order for you to even have access to the ftp game, said free to play game company has to pay a monthly service fee to Verizon so that you can enjoy their game.   Unfortunately, said ftp game was not making enough money with their free to play price plan and needed to add a small monthly fee to offset the cost of being able to use Verizon's carrier lines so that you can access their game.   Oh and there is one last little thing I guess I should mention.   See during peak hours of usage you may encounter some slow downs of your game.  Yeah I know...sucks...but Verizon has to limit the amount of traffic during peak hours because their is this other company that has made a deal with Verizon that allows them unfettered bandwidth usage during peak hours to allow for streaming TV directly to their in-home web TV systems...maybe you've heard of them - Apple.   Oh yeah...they have a huge contract with Verizon and AT&T and others to have maximum bandwidth to their Internet services such as AppleTV and iTunes.   So around 6pm EST when you're just about to enter that instance and kill that boss and suddenly your load screen freezes and you have to wait 5 minutes...don't worry...I am sure it'll load eventually.    But hey!  At least you can still play that game you love!   

In the news.   Activision/Blizzard has signed a multi-billion dollar, 10 year contract with telcom and cable  providers Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and ComCast to allow for players of their game World of Warcraft to have access to their game.   The game has been inaccessible since early 2011 when the new laws regarding Internet usage went into effect.   After months of negotiations the companies finally came to an agreement and a deal was made that will net the telcom providers millions of dollars a month in usage fees.  Stocks for all three telcom companies rose today upon release of this news.   

Activision/Blizzard announces new price plan for World of Warcraft.   As of July 1st, 2011 the monthly subscription fee for their game World of Warcraft has gone up by $5 US, from $14.95 a month to $19.95 a month.   This is to help offset the cost of the new access fees imposed by telcom and cable companies Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and ComCast.  

Also in the news, little known websites by the thousands are no longer accessible due to the new laws and regulations created by the Telcom Act of 2010.   Telcom and cable providers said such websites were eating into their profits and were taking up bandwidth that could be used to provide better services and access to such companies as Google, Apple, Hulu, Twitter, Facebook, Netflix and YouTube.

Comcast today announced their new in-home Internet service NetCast.  This new service will allow for premium ComCast users to access all the services provided by ComCast via their new NetCast services which now include Skype voice and imaging communications services right through your television.   This also includes access to such online game providers as MicroSoft, Activison/Blizzard, and Sony Gaming Online.   New price plans will be available the first of next month and ComCast company representative we spoke with expects only a minor increase in monthly fees depending on the package plan you decide to go with.

Many mom and pop websites and Internet companies are closing shops.   Unable to pay the new access fees regulated by the telcom and cable companies hundreds of online stores and services were forced out of business due to the new restrictions place on bandwidth control by ISP providers.   Thousands of people that use to make their living via the Internet are now unemployed. 

This is your tomorrow without Net Neutrality - are you ready for it?

 

Wish to save the Internet and keep it free?  Visit these websites and read up on Net Neutrality.

Backroom Dealings and the Fate of the Internet  <<<  read this article.

Save the Internet / Join the Fight  <<< clicky

Network Neutrality: Fact vs. Fiction  -  Why Consumers Demand
Internet Freedom
<<< PDF File

just1opinion writes:

Great blog post there, Teala. I have been following this situation for YEARS. I've signed petitions, written to our state representative, and even tried to spread the word to everyone I know via Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc. As a matter of fact....I just posted something about this on my FB page AGAIN today.

 

The entire thing pisses me off. I've done all that I KNOW to do to at least make this ONE voice heard, but....I'm not sure if anything we do or say will have an impact on greed run amok.

Wed Jun 23 2010 8:19PM Report
Swanea writes:

As much as I hate to say it, I think the goverment will try to limit it for two reasons.

Our "LOLSAFETY", and to trim even more money out of our pockets.  Of course, they would never admit to wanting the money.  It's all done in the name of precautions and to protect America.

The worst part is, most of America will accept it to thanks to how it will be presented by the media.  Wouldn't it be weird if there was some sort of "interwebz" attack, right as this was pushed further along in their agenda.

The whole small sites closing down also makes perfect sense.  Gotta make sure the big companies get more money, and thus pay a handsome fee to the goverment to remain that way.

And everything the FCC touches comes out so much better....

Wed Jun 23 2010 8:40PM Report
Artair83 writes:

I wish so many people weren't stupid and took what got shoved down their throat. I hope that changes soon with the internet being prominent over time but I wish I was in that generation where the internet controlled more.

 

Swanea's right though stupid people will accept it as a good thing. Realistically modifying content in this manner should make them not be a legal "common carrier" anymore. Which means they're responsible for all data on the network. If any telecom companies actually managed to break net neutrality, I would love to see someone prosecute them for all the illegal content on 'their' network would be set an amazing precedent to make companies stop being stupid. But it would be better if companies would just stay neutral to begin with.

Wed Jun 23 2010 10:50PM Report
wootin writes:

Sorry Teala, there's some wrong facts there. It won't be hundreds of mom n'pop shops closed down and thousands of people hit in their living. It'll be hundreds of thousands of shops and millions of people. Because Ebay, Amazon, etc. are big, big parts of this, and telecom will essentially own their businesses, all of the small  businesses they support, AND all of us customers too.

Heck, what's to stop them from highway robbery with any online store at all? Best Buy? Tigerdirect? Walmart? Target? omg, they could just demand a cut of every store's profits, AND charge us more for access too.

Dark days may be coming. But on the bright side, the more people you cheese off, the easier it is to reverse this kind of crap.

Wed Jun 23 2010 10:55PM Report
Kravis writes:

 

Wow, government getting regulatory insight into the future of the Internet from the very people who want to control it.  Where are the scientists, engineers and academics in this little circle-jerk?  NVM, telcos and cable companies brought their own.
 
Cable companies don't want you give up your cable box and telcos are moving into the video business so you can guess what happens next.  Let's bring back the electronic e-mail stamp idea!
 
What's next, asking the MPAA and the RIAA's input on copyright reform?  DOH!  To late...
Thu Jun 24 2010 12:57AM Report
MurlockDance writes:

What no one has mentioned yet is the fact that this is the *American* government and an *American* regulatory company making decisions.

How about the rest of the world? As someone who lives in the EU, I find this horrendous! Again, the US making decisions about how the rest of the world runs. But we Europeans have no voice about what goes on in the US. We don't have a 'congressman' to write to.

Thu Jun 24 2010 4:26AM Report
MurlockDance writes:

Sorry I meant American regulatory commission, not company.

Good blog post Teala. I've been trying to point this out to my American gaming friends on fb but so far have only achieved interesting one person.

Thu Jun 24 2010 4:27AM Report
Nytakito writes:

Knowledge and Information only go so far, the true protection of freedom has been, and always will be, the rifle.

Thu Jun 24 2010 12:47PM Report
shoziku writes:

our gov't will always be influenced by the highest bidder.  money talks, our politicians get paid to make laws and regulations based on how much each competing company will pay to receive favoritism.  comcast is winning because I believe they've invested the most in bribing our country's administrators.

Thu Jun 24 2010 2:37PM Report
shoziku writes:

Furthermore, I think the FCC is fighting in this cause for what looks like a champion to the people, but really they're just claiming their stake in the matter.  If they succeed, then Comcast will be paying them as well to keep justice tipped in their favor.

Thu Jun 24 2010 2:40PM Report
ashfallen writes:

While 99% of the time I disagree with you Teala, this may be the one time we sort of agree.  The problem with how we currently view the net is out biggest issue.  The internet is viewed as a service and not a need; thus it does not meet the same requirement to for life.  Until the net is viewed as being more important, this is a growing idea, true Net-neutrality will not happen.  Currently all congress and FCC are doing is creating a new tax or worse something else for the government to control and restrict our freedoms.

Thu Jun 24 2010 4:10PM Report
Edli writes:

Is this problem only for USA? You mentioned only usa companies. 

Fri Jun 25 2010 5:40AM Report
Madimorga writes:

Good blog post, and good god, no, I'm not ready for it.  That sounds absolutely awful.  A censor's dream and a greedy grab at the wallets of online consumers and content providers. 

 

I would go along with the rifle idea someone mentioned, but common sense balks.  What are we going to do, show up at that closed door and execute the lot of them?  There are times when it's acceptable to go Greek on our government, and Americans haven't done it nearly enough, but even I think this is not one of those times. 

 

I wish I could come up with an alternate solution, but I fear we're going to lose this one.  As has been said, too few Americans even begin to understand this issue to effectively oppose it.

Fri Jun 25 2010 6:02AM Report
LadyAlibi writes:

I tried writing to my Congressman about this maybe two years ago, only to receive a condescending reply that I didn't really understand that the Internet costs money and these big companies like Comcast are paying for it, so they should be able to control it. (Oh. Really? I am sure that they don't make a cent in profit for their good work, and aren't already being paid by consumers for the right to get on the Net to begin with. I weep for them *much eyerolling*)

I didn't have a lot of faith in the government to begin with and that didn't help at all.

Sat Jun 26 2010 7:00PM Report
stayontarget writes:

The FCC lost in court and was a victory for the companies but that victory might be short lived because the FCC can/would just go back and change the rules that governs how the companies do business in the first place.

Sat Jun 26 2010 8:17PM Report
Wingclip writes:

Its funny how nobody really ever thinks about cause and effect. Demand is already exceeding Bandwidth availability thanks to steaming video, illegal torrents, and newsgroup illegal downloading of music and movies. Telcoms and cable companies have 2 choices increase bandwidth along with rates they charge or restrict bandwidth and keep rates stable. 

If the government forces them to give everyone max bandwidth as needed they simply wont ever expand their networks to handle more bandwdith which in turn will cap internet speeds.

Companies like Google and Net flix want this badly, They want to profit selling steaming movies for a fee and use up the telcoms bandwidth so they can profit from it.

Until the government owns and maintains the fiber optic backbone they should STFU and stop telling private industry how to conduct their business it only makes things worse in the long run for everyone.

 

 

Sun Jun 27 2010 10:33PM Report
ashfallen writes:

Wingclip stop making sense.  Very few of the posters on this site have every run so much as a limonade stand; thus they have no grasp of the cost of business.  The FCC could care less about the citizen.  That group simply likes its own power.  Like I said before its a service not a requirement for life.  The day it becomes a requirement for life none of us will get our "fair" share of the bandwith.  In essence net neutrality is one of those good ideas that is not possible in the real world.

Mon Jun 28 2010 1:39PM Report
carpal writes:

You are clueless.  I am in that industry, and I can tell you, it will go in your favor you describe above.  Why do you think the FCC is reclassifying broadband under 50 year old regulation.   You are selling your soul from one devil to the next.  Are  you telling me you are restricted on the network today?  No, of course not.  Net Neutrality is about Google, Apple, Facebook... the next regime, controlling what you do and where you go.   Remember, somebody always has to own it all.  Microsoft's day is over, but then next greed monsters are ready to take over.

Mon Jun 28 2010 11:09PM Report
Tyrranosaur writes:

@WINGCLIP: So are you advocating for government control of fiber optic networks, or are you simply disinterested in the regulation of the existing network? I'd feel more comfortable championing the rights of private industry if they had an even remotely friendly track record of standing up for their consumer base, but it tends to work in the other direction. If we can't rely on government to provide a sound barrier of protection from uncheck corpratist pirateering then we are all in trouble.

In the existing fiber optic networks are insufficient for demand, then we need to look at an expansion to meet the growth demand, not a restriction of existing resources. That's not going to happen if the private sector is left to its own devices.

Oh, great article once more, Teala!

Tue Jun 29 2010 5:57PM Report
Wingclip writes:

 

I would prefer it remain private as the US government does not have a good track record of running many things successful. I would prefer private industry compete for the end users dollars.
 
People need to accept the fact that internet is not a right but a luxury.  ISP’s should provide bandwidth based on price. If you want more bandwidth because you like to download illegal movies and such, then pay more for your service. If all you need to do is play an MMO and check your email then a low amount should suffice.
 
Let me give you an example. I have DIRECTV (a luxury not a right) and don’t wish to have every channel they offer so I pay based on the amount of channels (bandwidth) I want. This is $90 a month, twice what I pay for internet service. Now let’s say I want to stream a movie (PPV) from their service I pay a little more for that. This model allows the company to regulate their bandwidth and should their total bandwidth not meet the needs, they invest more money to expand it.(send up another satellite) and can do so because it’s good financially.  Basically I’m paying for what I consume and I am quite happy with my service.
 
Now if the government owned DIRECTV and they need more bandwidth they would either raise taxes, cut services, or cap out what you could use.  Not to mention, by giving the government control of the fiber backbone opens up the possibility for censorship as we see in China and Iran.
 
Tue Jun 29 2010 11:05PM Report
Teala writes:

I personally do not want anyone in control of the Internet.   Neither the government nor the corporations.   We all ready pay for the ability to gt on the Internet and can freely decide what we wish to partake of it, whether it be Google, Hulu or NetFlix or MMORPG.com or World of Warcraft.   No one company or companies or governments should be able to control the information that is shared among among it's users - that includes not haveing the ability to play favoritism to the ones that can pay the most.    What would happen to MMORPG.com if say Comcast decided that MMORPG.com was taking up bandwidth that ComCast decides to sell to a company that can pay a higher premium for that bandwidth. 

Net Neutrality is not about government running the Internet - Net Neutrality is about keeping the Internet open to all and not just to those that can pay the most.

However, this is one time I trust the goverment over corporations especially TelComs! 

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-october-26-2009/from-here-to-neutrality

Wed Jun 30 2010 12:53PM Report
ashfallen writes:

As soon as

Wed Jun 30 2010 4:10PM Report
ashfallen writes:

sorry for double post my daughter felt it nessessary to hit enter. 

You lost me as soon as you linked the daily show as a source of intelligent, fact based, honest journalism.  Nice guy and all but not what I would call unbiased and truthful

When the governement controls a product we have no power.  When a corporation does we have options as the consumer to stop using product, support another more honest merchant, if we as citizens, being of one mind, decide someting is unfair we can levy heavier penalties on corporations then any government.

Wed Jun 30 2010 4:16PM Report
Wingclip writes:

The fact is the internet's infrastructure cost  money to build,support ,maintain and expand. Somebody has to invest in it and therefore own it, at least their part of it. You have 2 choices either private companies own it or the government owns it. Competition will promote fairness as long as the government stays out of it. Also the only ones that have anything to be worried about are the companies that are consuming large amounts of bandwidth, (Google,Youtube,Facebook,Netflix, Itunes) not the average consumer,website or MMO. (WoW excluded, they should pay the piper they have made billions)

My point is that since the internet is a luxury and not a right and the government does not own the infrastructure then they have no right to tell the companies that own it how to run their business unless it was a safety or health hazard.

 

BTW IMO I would never believe anything the Daily Show says its nothing more than left wing propaganda the same way Glen Beck is right wing propaganda. What the public needs is facts not opinions on this matter.

Wed Jun 30 2010 4:43PM Report
ashfallen writes:

I agree Wingclip, we should be informed and develop our on fact-based opinions.  I have nothing against people making money, I would like to make that kinda money one day too (honestly of course), not by cheating my customers.

The idea that government can do a better job of controling a corp. then we as the consumer, for me is falsehood.

Wed Jun 30 2010 11:21PM Report
rothbard writes:

The FCC and the Telecom industry are ONE AND THE SAME.  Any appearance of them being at odds is for show.  The FCC exists to regulate "communications" for the BENEFIT of the major players in the industry.  This is the same as any other regulatory system.

The problem is not lack of "everyone gets the same" decrees from the state, but the interference that artificially restricts entry into the industry (licenses, permits, taxes, etc, etc).  This is the point of regulatory schemes, as it helps to isolate the established firms from competition.  Tiered access, priveledged(sp) access, etc can NOT survive under a completely open and free communication industry, and it is the FCC's job to ensure that no such openness will occur.  

The FCC and the Telecoms are two parts of the same machine.

Thu Jul 08 2010 4:08PM Report
tooned writes:

My internet access is on a tiered based payment structure. That base regulates my upload and download speeds. It does not affect my total available bandwith. However I am sure they took into account that if ran at max upload 24/7 it would equal total bw. Which I think it totaly fair. I pay a premium price for a premium service. Just like with cell phones. Unlimited everything runs about 110 buck a month on most service providers that support smart phones. However, I think if they start using thier clout to block out competition or limit things that they don't agree with, then they are in violation of the law and need to be smacked down.

Thu Jul 08 2010 8:21PM Report
Xondar123 writes: Net neutrality is an issue that affects everybody who uses the internet. Which means it affects almost everyone nowadays. At its heart, it's about corporations wanting to control the internet and the content on it the same way they control television. As it stands now, the internet is a frontier of freedom where anyone can do almost anything. But the suits want to turn it into a passive zombie box like television has always been where you can only watch what they want you to watch.   The only thing you can do is keep fighting this, fight it as long and as hard as you can. This is why blog posts like this are very important. Here in Canada the government has tried to introduce a "DMCA-style" copyright bill three times now, the first two times failed, and the third is currently before the House. These bills did not fail because they didn't get enough votes, they failed because of the opposition the Canadian people had to the bills. The vcabinet minister who introduced the first bill even lost her seat in an election.   People here in Canada organized against these copyright bills and made their voices heard. A huge amount of the opposition was on the internet, through Facebook and other such means, and we got the press and academia involved too. My point is that things like this can be defeated if you are determined enough and want it enough. Make and join Facebook groups, organize meetups, write your congressperson, write the media and make sure your concerns are heard. If you make yourself heard then you will eventually prevail.   Good luck. Fri Jul 09 2010 6:43PM Report
Shinami writes: Net Neutrality is not about "unlimited access" Net Neutrality is about keeping regulation of the internet to each government and not privatized companies. The majority of the hubs that control and power the internet globally are located in the US. Each time Net Neutrality comes up, many people from all around the world come to bribe our senators to retain net neutrality because they know if net neutrality was defeated, our government will directly take control of the internet. Remember when during the US attacks into Afghanistan and Iraq that Undersea Cables 4 and 5 were "cut" and most of the middle-east was without internet? Unfortunately, while we have Net Neutrality...It is becoming more CENTRALIZED. Its pathetic that in many sites today, you are FORCED into getting a facebook, twitter or MYSPACE account to actually post! I don't register to these Blog sites for the reason that although your posts are protected by the 1st amendment as a US Citizen, that protection runs out due to ownership laws...You can post anything you want on any blog site, but the site owner/admin can freely give the ok, and turn all your posts in as State-Evidence and your 1st amendment gets thrown out the window and anything can be used against you. Not to mention, that a lot of employers look up peoples blog sites. People have no problem with what you both agree to, but once disagreements of opinion occur, your chances get affected...which is why those blogs are more about finding out what people can use against you, I know this for a fact. I own my own domain and my own blog-sites and I have ACTUALLY BEEN TO COURT and HAVE TOPPLED PEOPLE who have tried to use my content against me. Rights only exist if people enforce them... ...and as long Corporations get the government to pass laws that screw people in their favor, we will see further centralization. In order for "net neutrality" to be successful, the internet must remain an independent place...and there aren't enough people fighting against the centralization so as a result these kind of things happen. ^_^ Mon Jul 12 2010 1:46PM Report
Evasia writes:

First test was already in canada and know for few years they are planning on doing this.

I realy doub this will eventually happen or people are so braindead and accept everything these companys cooked up well its there own fault if this realy happen.

I for one refuse any deal with such companys and even quit internet all along.

I want freedom as it is now on internet not some companys who deside what is and whats not.

Freedom or die mother..:P

Im almost positive you will get a alternative internet becouse cable or phone lines are not only way to have internet these days.

Mon Jul 19 2010 9:07AM Report
Malsoz writes:

I did follow this for years also and Im pissed off and

I come to a point where I have come to the conclusion writing petition dont do jackshit

Politicans know only one lang  guess what its start with R.

Sun Aug 08 2010 3:28PM Report
Howitzer-DDH writes:

This was a horrible blog.  About 1/2 way through I simply wanted to strangle the writer for her English skills.  3-5 word sentences, constantly yapping about "better" "better" "do it better".  It was just a chore to read.

Wed Feb 02 2011 2:34AM Report
Theskal writes:

Man. This woman, whoever sh is is a horrible, horrible writer. by the end of the second paragraph I could imagine myself hearing this article over the phone from a valley girl who is confusing Rift with Justin Bieber. I didn't read any further than that. ridiculous.

Sun Feb 06 2011 9:07AM Report
drbaltazar writes:

honestly ?alternative will pop up it always do,internet will be hacked to death .or a web 3 will surface.a lot of people laugh at this but even with all they try to do to stear user where they want if they do not speak wit the user then fcc only has itself to blame when the conseqence backlash.we arent in the 70s

usa might think they own the www but we all know how it truly is!

Tue Aug 09 2011 6:15PM Report

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