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Jason Priestas

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Chicago (via Columbus)

Member since 20 August 2006 | Blog

Jason founded the site in late summer of 2006 after his wife grew tired of his constant Buckeye chatter. With a fifth grade command of the English language, it's a minor miracle that people discovered this site, let alone frequent it.

He lives in Chicago, but misses the friendly scarlet and gray-clad people of his native Ohio.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 MNC
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Antoine Winfield
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Ken Johnson
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • SOCCER TEAM: Liverpool FC

Recent Activity

Comment 13 May 2017

Nothing changed with that feature. I'm not sure why it wasn't working for you.

Comment 13 May 2017

What am I missing? The only thing that changed with the leaderboard is the typeface used in the title and header row of the table.

Comment 10 May 2017

We will disagree on most of what you said, but one thing isn't up for debate: this isn't a petition. These are official comments to the FCC. It literally has the following disclaimer: “You are filing a document into an official FCC proceeding. All information submitted, including names and addresses, will be publicly available via the web.”

Calling congressmen and women is also effective.

Regarding the political thing – the spirit of that rule, which I implemented, mind you, was to prevent the R vs. D flame wars you see on so many sites. This is different.

Comment 09 May 2017

Because Verizon filed a lawsuit to run an end--around on net neutrality, arguing the FCC didn't have the mandate to enforce it. I don't mean this in a shitty way, but you should probably read more about this concept. At this point, a few of us are just answering basic questions and correcting wildly untrue statements.

Comment 09 May 2017

For those pointing it out, I don't believe this a political issue. A recent poll showed that 80% of Democrats and 85% of Republicans favored net neutrality and were against “internet fast lanes.” This is an issue supported by nearly everyone.

For those of you seeing politics in this, I imagine you're one of those people who sees politics in everything in life and that's a shame. You are doing exactly what those in power want you to do. Stay divided, fight your fellow American, while they loot the nation.

Those that know me know that I am no real fan of either political party. I think they're both incredibly corrupt and have been coopted by large corporations. I'm not a true Democrat or Republican. But I'll always take the side of consumers vs. Fortune 500s.

Comment 09 May 2017

Only if you truly believe there are no high-speed internet monopolies in this country. If there were several high-speed options in each city, I'd be with you, but the point is, there isn't. You're often stuck with Comcast, or Time Warner/Spectrum, etc., depending on where you live.

Comment 09 May 2017

See my hypothetical above about the threat to free speech (ComcastSucks.com). Granted, it's a very small piece of this debate, but you don't have to leap to far to imagine it happening.

Comment 09 May 2017

1) Only if you consider keeping the internet neutral, which, by definition means not regulated.

2) The internet has always been neutral. The move a couple of years ago was to bring it under FCC control to prevent attacks to its neutrality.

Comment 09 May 2017

The free speech implications are only about 10% of this. But it's definitely a concern.

As I mentioned above in my letter to Pai, imagine there's a website called ComcastSucks.com and it was filled with awful reviews of Comcast, their level of customer service, etc. If net neutrality no longer existed, how tempting would it be for Comcast to throttle speed to that website for customers on their network?

Comment 09 May 2017

That's not quite true. The net has always been neutral with regards to the fact that there are no service tiers. Website A will load just as quickly as Website B with all other things being equal.

What happened a couple of years ago is that the FCC reclassified how ISPs are regulated because Verizon filed a lawsuit against the FCC to try to break net neutrality.

Comment 09 May 2017

Bonus: Ajit Pai also opposes an effort by Google, Apple and others to deregulate cable set top boxes. Currently, you have to rent these boxes from your cable television provider and while being forced to rent them is bad enough, the boxes are awful for consumers, with bad, outdated user experiences.

Google, Apple and others want to get into the business of providing cable boxes you can purchase that will work with your existing cable lines and, of course, come with all of the goodness those tech companies would pack into one of these boxes.