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Old 10-20-2017, 05:16 AM   #1
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The psych central bipolar forum is my biggest source of support online because many of you guys here “just get it”.

Well, if the net neutrality law is gone like U.S. senators want, then we’ll possibly have to pay a fee to use this site, and I just won’t pay it. And it won’t be psych central’s fault. It’ll be your internet service provider’s fault. They can charge you something like $4.99 a month just to use this site... on top of what you’re already paying for your internet... and it will be LEGAL for them to do that. (It might not be that much, but that’s not the point. You never know what it’ll cost.)

And even if you’re not in the U.S., you’ll be affected too. Companies like amazon, google, etc will lose money, and other countries may follow the U.S. with their own laws. So it’s not like these companies can just escape to another country.

I’d hate to have to leave this place, but the future ain’t looking so bright. Guess I’ll have to find lots of support groups like DBSA, NAMI, and others. I’ll be struggling for sure without this forum.

Please do take this opportunity to get your friends’ contact information.

Expect a stupid announcement before thanksgiving (around 22 November 2017). “Happy early thanksgiving”
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The psych central bipolar forum is my biggest source of support online because many of you guys here “just get it”.

Well, if the net neutrality law is gone like U.S. senators want, then we’ll possibly have to pay a fee to use this site, and I just won’t pay it. And it won’t be psych central’s fault. It’ll be your internet service provider’s fault. They can charge you something like $4.99 a month just to use this site... on top of what you’re already paying for your internet... and it will be LEGAL for them to do that. (It might not be that much, but that’s not the point. You never know what it’ll cost.)

And even if you’re not in the U.S., you’ll be affected too. Companies like amazon, google, etc will lose money, and other countries may follow the U.S. with their own laws. So it’s not like these companies can just escape to another country.

I’d hate to have to leave this place, but the future ain’t looking so bright. Guess I’ll have to find lots of support groups like DBSA, NAMI, and others. I’ll be struggling for sure without this forum.

Please do take this opportunity to get your friends’ contact information.

Expect a stupid announcement before thanksgiving (around 22 November 2017). “Happy early thanksgiving”
This is a good heads up. I will try to read up on this in order to understand more. There is not that much recent stuff coming up when you google the topic. I did find this:

https://www.mediapost.com/publicatio...ty-repeal.html
 
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Old 10-20-2017, 05:36 AM   #3
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The psych central bipolar forum is my biggest source of support online because many of you guys here ďjust get itĒ.

Well, if the net neutrality law is gone like U.S. senators want, then weíll possibly have to pay a fee to use this site, and I just wonít pay it. And it wonít be psych centralís fault. Itíll be your internet service providerís fault. They can charge you something like $4.99 a month just to use this site... on top of what youíre already paying for your internet... and it will be LEGAL for them to do that. (It might not be that much, but thatís not the point. You never know what itíll cost.)

And even if youíre not in the U.S., youíll be affected too. Companies like amazon, google, etc will lose money, and other countries may follow the U.S. with their own laws. So itís not like these companies can just escape to another country.

Iíd hate to have to leave this place, but the future ainít looking so bright. Guess Iíll have to find lots of support groups like DBSA, NAMI, and others. Iíll be struggling for sure without this forum.

Please do take this opportunity to get your friendsí contact information.

Expect a stupid announcement before thanksgiving (around 22 November 2017). ďHappy early thanksgivingĒ


I don't think I could pay to use the psych central site, even if I wanted to

it's bad enough at the moment having to pay for a new place, groceries, therapy, still on such a limited budget

this is worrying news, especially for me. I don't have anyone in the real world I can talk to on a daily bases about things, so this is like my only support
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Old 10-20-2017, 05:43 AM   #4
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If that happens, it would really suck. I don't know if I could pay using this site. But I get a lot out of being here and would miss everyone.
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Yes, itís very unfortunate. I can imagine the UK will follow suit fairly soon if the U.S. government gets what it wants.

I found a real world example. Here is what Portugal looks like (since they donít have net neutrality):
https://i.imgur.com/FwCIsF5.jpg

Ä4.99 for social media (Facebook, Snapchat, etc)
Ä4.99 for email (gmail, etc)

So if you want to use Facebook and gmail, for example, thatíll be Ä9.98 a month...
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Thanks for the heads up.
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Thanks, Blue.

This is a Senate bill? Does anyone know the bill number/title?
Is there a House bill?

We can contact our representatives and voice our concerns.


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I love this site and many of the folks on here are wonderful people.
I would truly miss it but I would not pay to use it, life is far to expensive already.
We pay a small fortune just to watch tv now this, it's all gone to far.
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Thanks, Blue.

This is a Senate bill? Does anyone know the bill number/title?
Is there a House bill?

We can contact our representatives and voice our concerns.


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Iím not sure, but everyone online points to this siteó

https://www.battleforthenet.com

Has more info there about what this means, how is congress involved, who to call, etc
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Iím not sure, but everyone online points to this siteó

https://www.battleforthenet.com

Has more info there about what this means, how is congress involved, who to call, etc
Thanks again, Blue.

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