The Oatmeal sets us straight



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  • blabla

    so I’m guessing all Netflix users that used comcast all switched providers?

    • Ara Raven

      Would have if we could have. In my and my husband’s case, there is nothing to switch to, our apartment complex only allows Comcast. It’s the bullshittiest fucking bullshit that ever bullshat.

      • Gregor

        For some of us not living in the Corporate States of America it is hard to understand how such a thing can be, with this concept of “competition” and “freedom of choice” and other such pure “American” concepts.

        • HoodieDog

          Whaddya mean? We have ‘Freedom of Choice” here! Choose 1) corporate monopoly, or 2) nothing.

          • Das Puggy

            So when do you march on Washington and start a rebellion?

          • Solreaper

            When the food runs out

      • Garrus Vakarian

        Damn. That is pretty shitty. I feel for you.

  • Sans Ovaries

    So, I get this part. But, does this now lead us to a point where the FCC can now regulate what internetz we are able to view? Is it #1 leads to #2, or is #2 just crazy nonsense and I need to go put my tin foil hat back on?

    • Matthew Erik Simpson

      I wouldn’t go so far as to say you require a tinfoil hat; it’s no secret that there exist people willing to fuck over others for their own profit. In my personal experience, it’s safe to assume that these people, when presented with either opportunity or ability, won’t hesitate to do so.

  • Garrus Vakarian

    The person who made this has a slightly unhealthy obsession with crab tacos.

    • Lunchbox

      Don’t you be talkin’ smack about The Oatmeal

  • Jayken

    Can’t wait for Google Fiber to reach my area. It’s not like Google needs anymore power to wield, but out of all the ISPs, they come off as the most customer friendly with good service.

  • Tim Robbe

    While I’m undecided about net-neutrality as of yet, I’d like to point a few things out:

    Information should be treated equally? Perhaps. Please make the case. However, large quantities bog down the lines, which reduces speed. Wouldn’t it be reasonable if users/providers of these large files bear the cost? Without contract breach, of course (it appears Comcast did). An ISP isn’t forcing you to do anything, just like a supermarket removing products doesn’t force you to buy the ones left.

    Keep the internet free, open and fair? It sure isn’t free and fairness doesn’t exist. Open? Depends on your definition, I guess. Even if all three were true, I can’t see how government control will improve matters. Oh, you said net neutrality isn’t about control? Of course it is, don’t be naive.

    When ISPs act like douchebags, which they do, the market wouldn’t have a problem giving customers what they want. However, entry for new companies is near-impossible, as politicians are bought and current telecom corporations get away with it. There lies the problem, if you ask me.

    • NOMS

      1) No, no one asked you.
      2) FFS, man go out and educate yourself about net neutrality… /rolleyes

      • Tim Robbe

        Try making an argument, it helps.

  • Tryp

    For those of you who still don’t get it, or are on the fence, or whatever, I’ll just leave this here.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU

  • theninthplanet

    With the Affordable Healthcare Act, we were promised:
    “If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan”
    “Families on average will save up to $2500 per year on premiums”

    You might love the idea of Net Neutrality, or at least what is promised with Net Neutrality, but there is a very good reason to be skeptical of anything a politician promises, regardless of party. Often times what is promised and what occurs afterwards are two very different things.

  • Pete

    Please people there are two things being talked about. Educate yourself. Do not let a Pol steal the name of something and trick you into supporting it.

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