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4
URGENT: Message about attempts to KILL NET NEUTRALITY
Posted by John McDonald on 04 December 2017 10:53 PM

This message is extremely important to you and your future Internet use: 

It appears that The FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to give the giant Internet Providers like Verizon, Comcast,  for example, the absolute power to determine if their and "your" customers have the right to visit your website or any other website they don't approve of. If he has his way, on December 12, the FCC Chairman will hold a vote of the commissioners to end Net Neutrality and then if Congress and the Senate approve, the Internet as you know it will cease to exist starting next year. 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO: This is so important that everyone who uses the Internet needs to make their opinions heard by your Congressman, Senator, FCC, and the White House. Google Net Neutrality Petitions and sign a few. But, the FCC appears that they may have already corrupted the process and tried to rig the system in favor of ENDING NET NEUTRALITY.   This letter in the next link just came out today. Be sure to click the link and read what 28 US Senators sent to the FCC Chairman about the suspected corruption and asking to delay the vote and for an investigation. (Also click on the link to the letter itself.)

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/363110-group-of-senators-calls-on-fcc-to-delay-net-neutrality-vote

Read the letter from 28 Senators to the FCC

You are about to lose your online freedoms unless you fight back: Right now, your free internet rights are protected by a law called Net Neutrality. It insures that you and every other U.S. Citizen have the equal right to visit any website on the Internet that you choose. The ISPs that give you your access to the internet, currently have only the right to provide you with access, but not what you do with that access, as long as you pay your ISP bill.

But that isn't good enough for them. They want total control over what U.S. Citizens see and do on the Internet. In other words, they want to take away your online freedom and claim it for themselves. . THIS IS VERY UN AMERICAN.

These giant ISPs have spent millions of dollars  lobbying the government to give themselves this unfair power.  President Obama prevented this unabashed takeover of the Internet last time they tried. This is how we got the Net Neutrality that we enjoy right now. But, President Trump has instructed his FCC Chairman to end Net Neutrality and fair and Equal Internet in favor of these ISPs.

It is an unabashed attempt to take away your rights and give them to big business,so that they can stuff their greedy pockets with your hard earned money and promote any agenda they may have. They claim the present system is leaving them cash strapped. RIGHT!!   If Verizon could afford to pay their  CEO Lowell McAdam  $18.3 million in total compensation last year, and Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, took home a pay package worth $36.25 million last year, they are not exactly falling on the hard times as they claim. 

Why is it dangerous to end Net Neutrality?  A company like Comcast or Verizon with millions of subscribers, will have the absolute power to determine how you see the Internet. They will make web sites that they favor fast and easy to find and easy to use. But, they they will be able to restrict your access to other sites they don't favor by drastically slowing your speed when accessing those other sites making slow or unable to load. They will even be able to completely block your access to any site that they don't like, at will, with no explanation necessary.  

Prevent Competition:  They might argue that if you don't like their policies,  you can always change to another ISP. Really?  These guys would have the power to make any competitive site invisible to you. How would you even know what alternative ISPs exist? Maybe newspaper ads? Yellow Pages?  Verizon and Comcast could literally block you from seeing any site they want for any reason, including any prejudices that might be held by some company executives. Example: Block any site whose views on Politics, Religion, Social Issues, or anything else they didn't approve of. The possibilities of what they could control online are endless! 

Election Times:  The Net is extremely important at election time so people can make educated decisions about who to vote for. If Verizon decided a political party was more favorable to them than another, they could make it very difficult for you to visit websites supporting another party less favorable to them. 

Most of these ISPs offer streaming online movies, such as AT&T's Direct TV, Comcast's PPV, FIOs has the same thing.  One of their biggest goals is to charge you and companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and similar competition exorbitantly high rates to keep the speeds they now have and to continue to efficiently deliver their movies to you. 

This means companies like Netflix etc., will need to charge you a lot more money to watch their movies, than movies provided by these greedy ISPs. This will give the ISPs total power over where you can afford to watch your online movies. This would effectively be damaging or totally eliminating their competition over time.  

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO VIEW ALL OF THESE LINKS AND VIDEOS:

Interview with the man that coined the phrase Net Neutrality on Matter of Fact  with Soledad O'Brien
http://matteroffact.tv/web-extra-regulations-net-neutrality-internet-service/

  
Wired Magazine:
https://www.wired.com/story/heres-how-the-end-of-net-neutrality-will-change-the-internet/


28 Senators Suspect Corruption at the FCC: They are asking for a postponement of the decision to end Net Neutrality: 
"New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation into fake comments filed with the FCC on net neutrality."
Also 50,000 persons complained to their Senators that their comments supporting Net Neutrality are missing from the FCC Opinion page. 

This corruption sickens me. They are going to great lengths to take away our rights. We need to keep the pressure on and expose fraudulent attempts to end Net Neutrality,  or our rights are gone forever.
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/363110-group-of-senators-calls-on-fcc-to-delay-net-neutrality-vote


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f you would like to share your thought or opinion with me or ask questions, please email feedback@masscotmail.com 


John McDonald
Masscot Internet, Inc.
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Jun
17
Denial of Service Attack
Posted by John McDonald on 17 June 2017 12:25 PM
Dear Valued customers:

On Saturday morning June 17 our system was the victim of a distributed denial of service attack. This is a malicious attack designed to overload and bring down a web server. Our engineers are working hard to fend off the attack. We apologize for any inconvenience and will restore service as soon as possible.

John McDonald
President
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Apr
4
Going to get a M.A.S.K.?
Posted by John McDonald on 04 April 2017 10:15 PM

Keep watching here for an exciting new service by Masscot Internet coming soon!


M.A.S.K
 


It ain't the Lone Ranger but just as good to stop the bad guys!


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Feb
23
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR MASSCOT CUSTOMERS
Posted by Serhiy Hryva on 23 February 2017 05:34 PM

GREAT NEWS!

This weekend we will be giving all our customers a major upgrade at no cost. It is more than an upgrade, we are completely replacing our present servers with all brand new, bigger, faster servers, with advanced operating systems.

YOUR WEB SITE IS GETTING A BRAND-NEW SERVER ON FEB 25-26:

Over the weekend of February 25-26, during the overnight hours, we will be migrating all our customer's web sites to our brand-new web servers. Our new servers are the latest generation 900GB DELL/EMC RAID 10 mirrored disc arrays, each configured with 6 300GB Enterprise High Speed Hard Drives.  (900GB x 2) If the above confuses you, please let me explain. 

When your present web site is migrated to your new RAID10 server, instead of having one site, you will really have two identical sites that will act as a single web site.  It is like having identical twins doing the same job.  Just like two hands being better than one, two sites are better than one.  Your twin sites will share the work load so your will site will be faster. In the remote chance that one of your twin sites should fail, your site’s traffic is automatically directed to the good twin until the problem twin is repaired. Your site won’t miss a beat. 

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

  1. The switchover to the new servers should be nearly seamless. We will port forward all relevant traffic (SMTP, POP, IMAP, HTTP, HTTPS) from your present server to your new one so at cutover time there is no issue. Time to Live for all zones will be set to 300, so DNS will update within 5 minutes. Your DNS host names will not change. Only the IP addresses for rock.masscot.com and masscot.webnethost.net will change not the host server names.
  2. Although we are not expecting any problems with the migration, we are moving several hundred web sites, and we will need to upgrade databases on some of the older sites to be compatible with the new servers. In the unlikely event that an issue develops on your site during migration, we ask you to visit your web site on Sunday February 26th and let us know of any issues you find with your site by opening a support ticket with the subject Migration (plus Your Domain Name). We will resolve any reported issues quickly.

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE – NEW SERVICES COMING SOON! 

NEW - Masscot Premium Cloud Based Spam Control: 

This service can Block 99.98% of all spam and rely on an industry leading false-positive ratio of less than one in 1 a million. You are protected from spam, viruses, and being blacklisted. Details and pricing available March 1.Available Microsoft

Exchange Email Server

Available through a technology partner. (Annual Contract Only)

Mail Channels:

This is included free for your outgoing mail and is already in operation. It checks your outgoing mail and intercepts email that would get you blacklisted. It routes legitimate mail through an   IPs that is allowed by the recipient’s mail server.

NEW Drone Video Photography:

Make your web site jump out and grab attention by adding high definition 4K HD Video to your web site. Masscot has partnered with AMPD Media Productions to provide 4K Video aerial video and photography for your web site. Their professional GPS guided drone, has intelligent built in collision avoidance systems,  can stay airborne for nearly 30 minutes at a time, has a range of over 4 miles, and can hover in place or travel at speeds up to 40 mph.  

The 3-axis remote controlled gimbal mounted camera is steady and produces amazingly steady results.  Their drone is piloted by an FAA licensed commercial drone pilot aided by an assistant and is flown in compliance with all Federal laws.  Regular rate is $200 per hour but between now and Labor Day 2017 AMPD Media services are avail to Masscot customers for only $125 per hour anywhere in SE Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island.  Watch this video by AMPD Media’s drone. Actual AMPD Drone Video

SEO360 You can never have too much traffic to your web site. 

We can help your site rank in the top 10 in major search engines like Google. Being on the top page is critical to your success. Over seventy percent of all Americans go to the Internet first when they are looking for products, services, and information. Contact Support for details. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new servers, please send an email to support@masscothosting.net with the subject being "MIGRATION (plus your domain name)".

Thank you so much for being a Mascot customer.  Some of you have been with us for all our 28 years.  We will continue to do our best to keep up with the fast pace of the advances in Internet technology.  If there is some feature you want that you don’t see us offer, please let us know we will try to provide it.

Masscot Internet Staff

Email: support@masscot.net

Phone: 508-778-4500


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Apr
1
Domain Registration Updated Price Structure
Posted by John McDonald on 01 April 2016 06:06 PM

Dear Masscot Customers:

We have been advised of an increase in our cost of certain domain registrations TLDs effective April 1, 2016.  

The TLDs effected are .net , .org , .info ,  .us , .biz , and .com.  The new rates for these domains are:

Annual Registration:    $23 per year

5 Year Registration:     $95  (Saves $20)

10 Year Registration   $190  (Saves $40)

 

Although we do not have the information available yet, we have been told that costs for some of the other TLDs will be coming down. We will announce those changes when we know what those will be. 

 

 

 

 


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