ECA: Net Neutrality, Universal Broadband Sections of Stimulus Package Are Good For Gamers

January 26, 2009 -

Congress is currently considering President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package, a measure which contains some extra goodies for gamers and Internet users.

Because Net Neutrality and Universal Broadband provisions contained in the bill will stimulate the online gaming experience, the Entertainment Consumers Association is providing gamers with an easy way to let their elected officials in Washington, D.C. know that they support the stimulus package.

To that end, the ECA has launched an action campaign at its website. Members and non-members alike can use the page to send a letter urging their congressional representatives to get behind the stimulus legislation. From the ECA site:

Net Neutrality and Universal Broadband are not only great for America; they allow us to play the games we want at high speeds!

Now is the time to act and let our voices be heard.  The new stimulus package... would provide for $2.8 billion in grants to develop broadband connections in underserved and rural populations... the bill also requires that any infrastructure built with the grant money has "open access basis" which would be defined by the new administration's FCC, but which seems to mirror Network Neutrality guidelines...

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Thanks Zachary thats what I was worried about.

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i heard that universal broadband would take several years to go into effect and therefore would do nothing to stimulate our economy immediately.  or was I listening to right wing banter?  as well is there somewhere I can see all of the proposals in the stimulus package?  as much as I love gaming I think it's be shortminded of me to support it off of this alone ;)

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The Democrats (specifically Obama's) stimulas package WOULD take a while to be effective. The issue is that the Republicans plan, while effective in the short term is not long lasting.

Basically the Republican plan is to help NOW but then stop helping.

The Democrats plan is to help LATER but have more sustained help.

IMO you need to combine the two, have some short-term initiatives combined with the long term plans.

Plus the Obama plan involves MASSIVE infrastructure projects, rebuilding the interstates, rebuilding bridges, power grid upgrades, broadband extension etc. Obviously that is really expensive, but the U.S. lags so far behind in some of those areas I think its worth it. Plus you're talking about a lot of jobs (from the engineers and computer guys to design and plot the roadways down to the guy laying down asphalt.)

At the same time I do think you want some immediate injections and bumps into the economy that come out of the Republican package.

It's a tough issue though because the Republic package requires spending CUTS while the Democrat's package requires spending increases.

Bottom line is that this economy is a wreck and needs some maintainence that goes WAY beyond partisan posturing. Unfortunately, the politicans are in charge of fixing it.

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Funny thing, the last bit of 'economic stimulus' we had, none of the money was passed down to the everyday person.  This is going to help no one except CEO's. 

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I would agree with at. As like with the auto industry, I'd even let the government buy a lot of the cars that the automakers have problems selling, and then give them for free to the everyday people, in a lottery drawing.

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How is giving cars away at a lottery much better?  The government could use the cars for a million different things, and it would be stimulating the automobile industry.  Don't give cars to people on the basis of a 'golden ticket'.

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Well, thomas.gov lists all bills in the house and senate and could possibly host the text of the stimulus package. So you could start there.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

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Wouldn't Net Neutrality also  have to government control content online???

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Net Neutrality isn't about content. It is about access, and enforcement of the things ISP should have been held too since the begining.

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The Communications Act of 1934 (Title 1)

U.S. Supreme Court “Brand X” decision, July 27, 2005

and more

http://www.handsoff.org/hoti_docs/quick_facts/existing_regulations.pdf

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I don't understand the question. Are you asking if the government enforced net neutrality that the ywould also be enforcing content guidelines currently held on broadcast television? If that is your question, then no.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

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Net neutrality I support completely. However, universal broadband provided by the government really isn't financially feasible at the moment. Sure it'd be awesome for bringing poorer gamers in to play games with the rest of us but thats really just a big luxury, and that's not something that can be afforded right now.

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Universal broadband is not really government providing internet to every one. It is the government providing incentives for large scale ISPs to stretch out away for the high polulation density areas they currently reside and branching out to smaller rural areas that don't have such high density.

Basically they are providing incentives to set up shop in places that have fewer than 20,000 people living in it. Like my home town of 10,000 which currently has only one over priced, under delivered DSL provider.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

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E. Zachary Knight - Technology evolves and advances. What was impossible 20 years ago is now done easily and cheaply. So instead of spending other people's money to help your small town get broadband, I suggest you wait until technology makes it affordable and practical. Think for a second as to how this money you want is obtained. It is obtained by means of coercion, violence. If people don't pay their taxes, they have action forcibly taken against them. If people want to use another currency, one that is not diluted by the government's inflationary policies by spending on programs like this, they are arrested and some type of harm is done against them. Maybe my pointing out that this coercion seems unimportant to you. But look at the violence underneath the 'good intentions.' Look at how we become serfs. You mean well, but the result is that we lose freedom, for supposed security. Why not let technology improve and solve the problem by itself without politics and big brother/sister dictating to us what is best. Politicians and bureaucrats don't know what is best, except for themselves.

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"If people don't pay their taxes, they have action forcibly taken against them. If people want to use another currency, one that is not diluted by the government's inflationary policies by spending on programs like this, they are arrested and some type of harm is done against them."

Newsflash: Part of being a citizen involves paying taxes to the country you live in. Part of being a citizen means being involved in the economy of the country you live in.

Do you think the roads you drive on build themselves?

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While your philosophy is appreciated (and dead on) this argument can be solved with a few examples.  First is the idea of a private and public sector relationship that works towards the mutual goals of broadband access on a state level.  For those paying attention this has been done, a good example being connectkentucky (who ironically is affiliated with an ECA affiliate).  The more research that is done into this successful organization it becomes clear that a federal approach could damage their success and what’s more has no guarantee of being effective. 

The goal of universal broadband is noble, but a massive amount of federal level interference could be very determinate to its prosperity.

How does the ECA justify tandem support for Universal Broadband and Net Neutrality as both seem at odds save course massive government intervention and controls are adopted?

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We could do this by taking off laws that gave ISPs exclusive access to leased lines, and not spend a dime.

As it stands now ISPs get exclusive access to run their cabling alongside power lines and such if they outbid the other ISPs. It's why you don't have access to multiple cable or DSL providers in one place.

Hey, look, 2.8 billion in tax payer dollars saved, and incentive for technological growth right there.

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Or hopefully more competition. Like here, I live out in the rural. We have only one cable provider, Charter, and that's it. If you want cable, it's either Charter or none. Granted, we can get satellite, but there's also a number of trees and I know a few people who can't without getting some kind of tower installed.

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Where my parents live there's no cable at all. You literally can't get it. It's satellite or nothing. There's also one extremely overpriced DSL provider and because they have a monopoly, they're extremely difficult to work with and provide next to nothing by way of customer service or support.

Kind of nuts, really, considering I live less than two hours away and can choose from four or five different options for broadband.  

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and universal broadband in such areas would provide more technology jobs and theoretically lure more people to populate underpopulated areas.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

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The internet is just an excuse, and why not push for fiber optic?  It needs to start sometime, why not now?  The technology and tried and tested in Mass. and it works.

I am sick of this stimulus package crap.  Let them know they have to sink or swim on their own, and the government will NOT back them up on their death bed, because if they get their asses bailed out, I want my ass bailed out for my "Company" too.  I think a clean $5 million will do it, and I will sign a waver that says I will not spend it all before or after for some insane vacation or other needless things.

No more bail outs, no more stimulus packages, just Americans putting hard work into things like they used to do.  When did this damn country start acting so needy and letting people out the easy way.   You earn your position, and you keep it until someone else knocks you down, you make a dumbass mistake, or there is no need for your services anymore.

Greedy CEOs in bed with politicians is a huge problem that needs to stop.  Politicians in their position just for financial gain and not to serve this country to make it a better place need to be booted out.  All in all, this mess needs cleaned up, and greed needs to be cleaned out, which includes shutting down the oil company in the US IMO because we have technology to replace it, and at a reasonable price.  Granted, it may take 20+ years, it is the direction we need to go some day, might as well start today, and try to get it done in 10 years.  Using solar and wind isn't only eco friendly, which I think is BS anyways, but it is just logical and cost efficient long term, and can supply just as many jobs with lower risk of life.

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I am sorry but the stimulus package is really needed...

 

right now there are arrow manufacturers and alcohol makers that desperatly need this money to continue to supply our army with arrows and kill 100,000 americans yearly(thats the alcohol not arrows)...

 

Besides if we don't bail out companies now then how will they know that they don't have to run a business responsibly? Why, they might even stop unsustainable practices... no no no we have to teach companies that no matter how much the screw up we will always rob the tax paiers and make sure those CEO continue getting 20 mil per year...

 
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