ISPs and Media Control

في الاسبوع الماضي كتب في احدى الصحف مقالة تدعم شركات الانترنت و اسلوب الكبح الغير قانوني و تدعي المقالة انها باسم وزارة المواصلات و لكنها لم تصرح عن مصدر هذه المقالة

حتى بعد أن كتبنا الرد الكامل على ادعائات كاتب المقالة و مصادره السرية، نشر ردنا بعد اسبوع!!! وتم اختيار أجزاء من الرد و ليس الرد كاملا

و اكتشفنا بالأمس أن راديو مرينا اف ام سيقوم باستضافة مسؤولين من شركات الانترنت لتوضيح وجهة نظرهم يوم الثلاثاء، و من العجيب أن لا تقوم اذاعة مرينا باستضافة من لهم رأي مخالف للشركات!!! أين الحيادية؟

بامكان الاذاعة استعمال فيس بوك أو تويتر لطلب آراء حول الموضوع أو حتى قراءة ما تم نشره من قبل المستهلكين حتى الآن و دعوة هؤلاء للمشاركة في البرنامج لتوضيح وجهة نظرهم أيضا

بعد الاستفسار من مضيفي البرنامج عن عدم وجود أطراف مضادة للشركات، قيل لنا أن المقابلة تم تأجيلها و لم يحدد متى ستكون المقابلة

نود أن ننوه أنه تم رفض طلبنا من الجرائد المطبوعة لنشر بيان ضد شركات الانترنت و ذلك لأن البيان سيضر شركات الانترنت و بالتالي تحارب شركات الانترنت الجرائد بعدم وضع اعلاناتها في تلك الجريدة أو الجرائد

من الواضح أن شركات الانترنت تستعمل وسائل الاعلام لنشر ادعائاتها الباطلة و تلفيق التهم على المستهلكين و نعتهم بالقراصنة و اللصوص! و مع الأسف نجد أن بعض وسائل الاعلام لا تأبه الا للمال اللذي يدر عليها من هذه الشركات

نتمنى من وسائل الاعلام أن تفتح أعينها جيدا و ألا تستغفل الناس

A week ago a newspaper published an article supporting the ISPs in their illegal bandwidth cap scheme and the article claimed it was by the Ministry of Communications, but there was no source cited. When we contacted the writer asking for sources, he said the source is secret!

We replied back to the allegations written in that article and it was posted after a whole week! Even more, it was edited and only a fragment of our argument was posted.

We discovered yesterday by accident that MarinaFM (Kuwait) was going to host an episode on their daily show on Tuesday (tomorrow) talking about the bandwidth cap and have ISP representatives on the show. That seemed like a greatly biased episode, don’t you think?!

The radio show could have easily seeked out who was against the bandwidth cap by doing a simple search online, and contact whomever is against it and be hosted on the show to hear the opposing opinion.

After asking and questioning the show’s hosts, they said that the episode has been postponed to an undetermined date.

At the beginning of our retaliation against the greedy thieves (ISPs), we sought out to publish an announcement on printed newspapers to alert people to what’s happening, alas we were rejected, because that’d hurt the ISPs’ image and then the ISPs would boycott the newspapers by not publishing ads.

It is apparent that ISPs are using media outlets to spread propaganda and promote their news schemes that involve scamming subscribers and lying to them, convincing them that less bandwidth, for more money, is better!!! Unfortunately, some media corporates are fine with selling out the people.

We hope that such media companies open their eyes and realize the fact that without the people, they cannot earn money. So stop aiding the thieves and allow for an unbiased environment.

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15 Responses to ISPs and Media Control

  1. MCD says:

    What baffles me more how we look like a “minority” here.

    Come on people, don’t tell me everyone here is fine with 1 or 2 gig a day?

  2. esz says:

    I wonder, how much did the ISP’s pay the guy who wrote the article on Al-Jarida. This is pretty sad that they rejected the Ad you guys wanted to publish. I guess, who pays more, wins! I still do hope that we will see some developments from the Ministry of Communications. I want my kids to grow in Kuwait, to witness the best latest technology being applied as fast as the west countries.

  3. MCD says:

    It’s really hard to stand against the big four ISPs when their owners are basically the country itself, you catch my drift?

    With each passing day, this is becoming more and more like a losing battle thanks to the “silent MOC”.

  4. b says:

    If the media does not want us to present our views because of financial reasons, So be it.
    Every door is going to be blocked in our way to resolve this matter for the benefit of the consumer. So here is my solution, I believe this would provide a good idea for the ISP’s of what they are dealing with.
    We need to start hammering them with phone calls, that is the first thing, I guess this has already been done.
    We need to organize the people who know how to DDOS or attack the servers that the ISP’s are using to prove a point that they have no control over the internet .
    They keep on repeating that this is a company policy that will not change, what ever you do.
    Tell them to suck it up and you want to speak to management, your rights of using the internet are being restricted.
    Don’t sit down and watch the show go on! Lets change their choices and make them provide us with better services. And lets get every fils that is going in to them, worth the seconds we are using the internet with.

    I hate the fact that I’m not in Kuwait for a long time, but if I could, I would stand outside of “Majlees El Oma” along with who ever want to. A couple of large signs, and I’ll chill out for the whole day if you guys want. We have to make our voice clear, its seems like CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE is the only way to get our message through, and if it is let it be.
    I’ve contacted Anon, but they are busy with AntiSec Ops.
    I’m sorry this is too long, but I’ve been going from place to place trying to figure shit out and get things together.

    • MBH says:

      B,
      I can see how frustrated and enthusiastic you are, unfortunately we cannot resolve to DDoS attacks as it’ll label us as criminals, even when the ISPs are blatantly ripping us off!

      The ISPs have chosen a time where the parliament is near its summer vacation also the time for many people’s renewals, so protesting outside will have no effect.

      We’re trying hard to resolve this quickly and avoiding legal approaches, but if the ministry is unable to force the ISPs to withhold the law, we’ll launch a lawsuit campaign and claim for damages for each person.

      When 20 people sue for damages, each asking for 5000, that’s 100,000 KD. When the verdict is announced by the judge, we’ll publish it online to encourage more people to sue.

  5. Elephantitan says:

    I’m sure O.S.N. and MBC are probably psyched about this. People now have a reason to return to pre-scheduled television programming.

    Everything the Ministry has said has either made very little sense or none at all. Lets just stop beating around the bush and get to the real point. It was never about the piracy, China has the most skilled and professional pirates (pirates so good that they rip off Ipads and T.V.s, not just bad western Content) and yet China remains the strongest economy. Also, the real problem with pirates is that most do it because they don’t have fat wallets like some people do in this country. So perhaps making content cheaper around or decreasing the amount of socioeconomic discrimination and providing opportunities to many people within the bedoon and non-Kuwaiti segments could ease this problem.

    Now, the real reason they’ve done this is not only so a whole range of big players in the corporate world could benefit but also to dumb down the level of information and intellect shared as the world grows more restless and obvious in it’s stance towards tyranny and unfair policies that strip away freedoms and riches from innocent citizens and putting them into the hands of a few elites while the rest of us are forced to stare into a box transmitting crap, soulless, shallow and stupid television content we have no control over like we’ve been doing for the last 50 years.

    At least online, I watched documentaries and streamed alternative news. Now that’s gone, how long before they stop me from being able to read it too?

    Screw that, I’m not going back.

  6. esz says:

    Any news about the Vice minister of MOC meeting? Did you have it already or still not as of date? Thanks!

  7. Mercaptoethanol says:

    Simply put, ISPs are using the citizens to force the MoC to give them more bandwidth. They only initiated the cap as a makeshift alternative to gain more bandwidth.

    So we need to force the MoC to remove the cap by either increasing Kuwait’s bandwidth in general or force the ISPs to remove the cap by threatening them to terminate their cable rents. Where the latter will return the internet to its crappy state of the pre-cap era.

    You dig?

  8. essa says:

    يعني بتقنعني انه مرينا اف ام مو نفس شركة غلف نت مالت الانترنت يعني بالعقل هالشي فيه فايدتهم تبيهم يرفسونه

  9. t7l6m says:

    يجب تقديم شكوى لدى إدارة حماية المستهلك(مكاتبها وفروعها بمناطق كثيره)ضد الصحف التي رفضت نشر إعلان مدفوع الأجر .والشكوى وصفها القانوني “رفض تقديم خدمه”

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