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The List

Neutral Charge provides a free list of network ranges that are known to be associated with the US Government. The list includes:
Since the US Government is responsible for the lack of net neutrality and for the additional cost of accessing data online, they should be held responsible for any added costs. This is basic business: companies typically pass added costs back to the clients that created the added costs. In this case, the US Government is responsible for all current and future expenses related to the lack of net neutrality, so the government should pay for the added expenses.

Parsing

The list is provided as a text file containing the start of the network address range, end of the range, country, category (USG, GSE, or FFRDC), and a text field about the range. The file uses a variation of the comma separated value (CSV) format, with "|" separating fields. Lines beginning with "#" are comments.

To use the list:
  1. Download and cache the list. The cache should be good for at least a week; automated systems should check weekly for updates.
  2. Parse the list. For example, if you only want to penalize USG and not FFRDC organizations, then you can filter the list as needed.
  3. Depending on how you parse network addresses, you may want to convert these text strings to numeric values.
  4. When your web service sees a network address, it should consult the list. Any network address that is greater-than or equal-to (≥) the start address and less-than or equal-to (≤) the end address matches the address range.

How to use it

So what can you do with this list?

Well, web site developers can use this list to check if someone from the government or a related entity is accessing their site. Then they can implement an appropriate action. For example, they could: These are not the only ideas. Be creative, but also obey the laws. (Just because they come from a government network does not grant you permission to send them a virus or attack their system or do other malicious actions.)

The idea is not to stop regular people from accessing government sites. Rather, we want to impact government people who try to access public sites. If enough government employees are impacted, then maybe they will put pressure on Congress or the FCC to reinstate net neutrality.