FCC Throttled By NeoCities In Net Neutrality Protest

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FCC Throttled By NeoCities In Net Neutrality Protest

FCC Ferengi Plan

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 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 link to the throttle code he's using on NeoCities' nginx server. According to Softpedia, "site owners around the globe" are joining his crusade, although actual numbers aren't available since most of the claims are coming out of a Reddit 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

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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!)

Any chance the Escapist can implement their own Ferengi Plan? It could generate a lot of revenue!

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

Seriously though, nice one.

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

MinionJoe:
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!

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

Hopefully more will follow suit.

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

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.

wetfart:
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.

Callate:
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!

Oh god this is hilarious. I hope more site owners do this.

Well played. Very well played indeed.

Google needs to do this... They so need to do this...

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".

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!

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

Callate:
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.

God speed you glorious bastards - this is serioulsy perfect.

FalloutJack:

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.

DeimosMasque:

FalloutJack:

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.

And from Quark, no less. That'd be the proverbial cherry on top. Ironically, Ferengi exploits were one of the few things I liked about DS9. (Because in most other places, I can't stand 'em.)

I have to agree with a few others in this thread. It's a cool idea, and it actually could work, but it's going to take some of the internets heavy hitters using it to really make an impact.

kinda hope more company's do this to the FCC, give em a taste of things to come, and if they don't like it well, not really shit they can do about it now is there.

MinionJoe:
Any chance the Escapist can implement their own Ferengi Plan? It could generate a lot of revenue!

Are you reading this Tito? Mr. Sterling?

If there was EVER a time to make a statement regarding the issue of net neutrality, doing something around these lines would almost certainly be positive for all involved. I know Greg would likely be one of the only people with authority on The Escapist to do something like this, but I mention President Sterling because, if nothing else, he'd be the one to get the ball rolling vocally, likely with an emergency episode of the Jimquisition.

On that note....a request, Lord Sterling! A Jimquisition, emergency style, regarding the issue at hand, would you kindly?

A genuine laugh was had by me. I would very much like to see this expanded.

HA! Part of me hopes this would somehow work, but then you have to remember who it is those assholes at the FCC are really working for, so I doubt they'll give two shits if their Internet got real slow all of a sudden.

Still a good try though, I hope this takes off like crazy somehow.

And they called it the Ferengi Plan.

I love the internet.

Also, YES! Get the Escapist on this plan now. Revolt! Revolt! Take up thine arms and slap a corrupt Exec.

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The FCC ARE COMING THE FCC ARE COMING!

And then comcast quietly gives the FCC the money to pay anyways and the plan goes through regardless. Why? Because money is speech now, and comcast has more speech than all of us.

So here's to this pointless revolution.

Valderis:
HA! Part of me hopes this would somehow work, but then you have to remember who it is those assholes at the FCC are really working for, so I doubt they'll give two shits if their Internet got real slow all of a sudden.

Still a good try though, I hope this takes off like crazy somehow.

Come on, they're American, aren't they? Of course slow internet will bother them. We live in an age where taking thirty seconds is forever. I believe a comedian once deconstructed this about cellphones, emphasizing how amazing the technology is from an objective viewpoint, then pointing out how people will bitch and moan because sometimes they have problems with it.

Racecarlock:
Snip

You haven't been paying much attention to the effect of people being fed up with companies.

FalloutJack:

Valderis:
HA! Part of me hopes this would somehow work, but then you have to remember who it is those assholes at the FCC are really working for, so I doubt they'll give two shits if their Internet got real slow all of a sudden.

Still a good try though, I hope this takes off like crazy somehow.

Come on, they're American, aren't they? Of course slow internet will bother them. We live in an age where taking thirty seconds is forever. I believe a comedian once deconstructed this about cellphones, emphasizing how amazing the technology is from an objective viewpoint, then pointing out how people will bitch and moan because sometimes they have problems with it.

Racecarlock:
Snip

You haven't been paying much attention to the effect of people being fed up with companies.

Clearly I haven't, because EA must have already shut down by now, along with activision. Oh wait, bioware had to change one game ending. Ooh, I'm shaking in my boots.

Racecarlock:
Snip

When the cynic (That's me!) says you're being pessemistic, it's time to re-evaluate.

FalloutJack:

You haven't been paying much attention to the effect of people being fed up with companies.

To the contrary, none of the sound and fury has dented the end of net neutrality or stopped several ISPs from throttling bandwidth in the US.

I think you're in the group "not paying attention." How many months has this been going on? Have they stopped bandwith throttling? No?

Zachary Amaranth:
Zoop

What I said to him goes triple for you. If the Escapist's reports one how the bigwigs have been more heavily-affected this year than in perhaps their whole lives, then there's nothing I can do for you. I tend not to listen to doom prophecy. It's always wrong.

EDIT: By rhe way, you still haven't apologized for youe behavior when you argued about Microsoft, a bigwig that has taken quite a few hits as of late. You were in the wrong there too, and rude.

FalloutJack:

Racecarlock:
Snip

When the cynic (That's me!) says you're being pessemistic, it's time to re-evaluate.

Just call me the gritty reboot of myself and sell me to PG=13 audiences and people who take max payne 3's max payne seriously.

Because apparently everything these days needs to be gritty and depressed. Don't see why I should stand out.

Racecarlock:

FalloutJack:

Racecarlock:
Snip

When the cynic (That's me!) says you're being pessemistic, it's time to re-evaluate.

Just call me the gritty reboot of myself and sell me to PG=13 audiences and people who take max payne 3's max payne seriously.

Because apparently everything these days needs to be gritty and depressed. Don't see why I should stand out.

Ah, but Grasshopper! He who make Escape From New York without Kurt Russell actually lighter than original!

*Pause*

I'm...not sure what the hell I just said. Point is...lighten up!

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