Web Hosting Service NeoCities Throttles FCC Over ‘Net Neutrality’ Proposal

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal allowing for ISPs to charge for an Internet "fast lane" that would let Internet service providers charge Web services for priority access to consumers is ticking consumers off, but some folks who have to do business on the Internet are not pleased about it either – and one company is doing something about it: Neocities web hosting service.

NeoCities isn't just writing letters to the FCC and sitting on their collective hands. The free web hosting service found the FCC's internal IP address range and has decided to throttle all of the agency's connections to 28.8kbps speeds.

"Since the FCC seems to have no problem with this idea, 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 creator Kyle Drake wrote yesterday.

Drake noted that FCC access to NeoCities is being throttled on the home page only and not on the websites created by NeoCities users. Drake went on to say that Wheeler is a "cable industry hand-picked lobbyist" and wrote that the FCC may not be protecting US consumers because "they got a dump truck full of money from the cable corporation lobby."

"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," he wrote. "It's time for the Web to organize and stand up against these thugs before they ruin everything that the Web stands for."

More importantly, Drake has also put his FCC-throttling Nginx code on GitHub for anyone who wants to use it on their own web site.

Source: Ars Technica

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