FCC Throttled By NeoCities In Net Neutrality Protest

Andy Chalk

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FCC Throttled By NeoCities In Net Neutrality Protest


Web hosting company NeoCities is throttling all connections from the FCC to its site to 28.8kbps, until the FCC signs up for an exclusive, $1000 a year subscription plan to remove the cap.

Lots of companies on the web are complaining [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/134316-A-Massive-Coalition-of-Tech-Companies-Sent-the-FCC-a-Letter] about the Federal Communications Commission's decision to trash net neutrality, but one of them is actually doing something about it. NeoCities, a free, open-source web hosting company, has dropped the hammer on connections from the FCC to its site.

"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."

Despite Drake's optimism, it's unlikely that the FCC is spending too much time surfing NeoCities sites, so in order to assist others who want to creat their own "FCC Ferengi Plan," he posted a Reddit [https://gist.github.com/kyledrake/e6046644115f185f7af0] thread; regardless, many comments in the thread note that until major players like Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Microsoft, Netflix and others (particularly adult sites - as one person noted, "If porn sites did this, net neutrality would be fixed in a day") get involved, the practical effect will be nil. But it's a start.

Source: NeoCities [https://neocities.org/blog/the-fcc-is-now-rate-limited]


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The Great JT

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Long live the Ferengi Plan!

(If you couldn't tell, I thought this was awesome. Shine on, NeoCities, you crazy diamonds!)
 

El Luck

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What sort of Ferengi Plan doesn't involve latinum!?

Seriously though, nice one.
 

Trishbot

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It's good to see some people walking the walk instead of just talking the talk. Fingers crossed this whole mess turns out alright.
 

RA92

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MinionJoe said:
Any chance the Escapist can implement their own Ferengi Plan? It could generate a lot of revenue!
That's a genuinely good idea. I second this plan.

Let the snowball roll!
 

wetfart

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Good to see NeoCities is following the 9th rule of acquisition!

Hopefully more will follow suit.
 

Callate

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It may be screaming into the wind. But I certainly appreciate the gesture.
 

1Life0Continues

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Another vote from me for Escapist Ferengi Plan.

It sounds like a silly idea, but who knows. Maybe this will be the kick in the teeth to cronyism in the US.
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Yeah, I couldn't keep a straight face either.
 

kajinking

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wetfart said:
Good to see NeoCities is following the 9th rule of acquisition!

Hopefully more will follow suit.
Lets face it, if google did something like this to everyone who tried to use a google search for a day with a little message at the bottom of the screen bringing attention to the issue this FCC plan would be dead within hours.
 

evilnancyreagan

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Callate said:
It may be screaming into the wind. But I certainly appreciate the gesture.
I'd rather be yelling in the wind instead of simply grabbing my ankles like a punk.

I really hope more get on board with this!
 

rofltehcat

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Google (Youtube...), Facebook etc. all need to do this. If they are complaining about the FCC's BS they can also implement this.

However, I wonder how it would affect the FCC's office productivity. I can't decide between "massive boost: everyone is actually working" and "massive breakdown: surfing Facebook and finding stuff on Google just got a lot slower".
 

Mr. Q

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XD This just made me chuckle. That should be our new policy. When common sense fails to open the hearts & minds of the willfully ignorant and corrupt, TROLL THEM MOTHER F***ERS BACK TO THE STONE AGE!
 

misg

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NeoCities got a ton of respect from me today. Well done guys, keep it up hopefully more will follow your lead.
 

FalloutJack

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Callate said:
It may be screaming into the wind. But I certainly appreciate the gesture.
Pardon me, pal, but there's alot more people who would be pissed at the FCC than they have on payroll. We're the wind. THEY are the scream. This particular news is proof. An all-time low interest in Time Warner's plan is another. Extended from that is every other case where the people basically veto what a company thinks a consumer should like, thus tanking their credibility. In short, you commit professional suicide by pulling shit that nobody wants.

On the lighter side of things, I should point out that no Ferengi in his right mind would ever accept Bitcoins/Dogecoins.
 

DeimosMasque

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FalloutJack said:
On the lighter side of things, I should point out that no Ferengi in his right mind would ever accept Bitcoins/Dogecoins.
Absolutely not, under no conditions would a Ferengi with the lobes for business buy them. Sell them... absolutely. Buy them. Never. Well maybe Rom.