Tag Archives: Net Neutrality

Please stop shrugging and waiting for someone else to fix the world.

21 Nov

(Originally posted to a private subforum at MyMedia, so I can’t link)

How I wish I could make everyone who casually reads this pay attention this week, and next week, and every week after, to three very basic things:

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Fight for Net Neutrality

19 Nov

Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia

The fight for equal access to the internet is not limited to ensuring that companies cannot prioritize speed (and price it accordingly).

Because access to the internet has not yet been definitely and permanently classified as a utility, such as water or power, structural access to broadband internet has been largely in the hands of private companies.

Since corporations exist exclusively to make money for stakeholders, no one should be surprised that poor communities in this country have as little access to broadband as some of the poorest countries in the world.

A government’s function, at least in a democracy, is to provide essential services to all its citizens, not only to those who can afford them.

In an increasingly digitized and interconnected world, access to the web is essential. Poor, small, and/or remote communities with no local library branch, or where the existing one is small and poorly funded, benefit enormously from affordable/free access to the internet (as do those same small libraries and schools).

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Net Neutrality is still at risk.

13 Jan

(I have blathered on before in this space about Net Neutrality, but I know that in the past three months I’ve gained a number of new readers (Hello, new readers!), so this one is for you.)

On February 26th, the Federal Communications Commission is voting on whether or not grant the internet Title II protections, like other utilities.

There are some noises that perhaps the commission is leaning towards reclassifying the net as a Title II utility, which would ensure equal access across the breadth and width of the United States. Like water or power, as long as you pay your bill, you get your service–at the same rate and with the same speed as everyone else, no matter who the provider or the customer.

Unfortunately, Tom Wheeler seems inclined to grant preferential treatment to powerful, influential, big money companies–such as Comcast and AT&T–and the FCC originally voted to change how the internet is viewed, which would allow those same companies to change all users premiums in order to have access to certain corners of the net.

Needless to say, this would also allow corporations and/or political parties to hide, and effectively hide, some uncomfortable voices and points of view, simply by making them too slow to load.

Make no mistake that this is a political game backed by powerful corporations.

The game has gotten a tad more interesting lately, though, with Google coming out in favor of the Title II decision. It would, after all, grant them access to the infrastructure needed to roll out Google Fiber faster and cheaper.

Some interesting stuff below the cut.

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Oh dear dog, so true!!! (NSFW: language)

30 Jul


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Internet Neutrality: the non-boring version

4 Jun

I am probably one of the last people in the country to become acquainted with John Oliver (but then, I don’t watch tv). Thanks to the magic of youtube, plus having online friends who are more conversant with popular culture, I came across the video below.

BEWARE:  that it has plenty of NSFW language, and that it’s in all ways awesome.

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What the FCC vote on Internet neutrality means to every single person reading this.

16 May

I am appalled–though, sadly, not surprised–by the apathy with which so many people are responding to the current proceedings over at the FCC.

Today’s 3 to 2 vote basically means that the internet has been sold to the highest bidder–the big media corporations.

Once upon a time, people got up on arms about SOPA, PIPA and the like, but today? So many netizens go about their day ignorant or uncaring of what this proposal means to their…well, daily life.

You read blogs? You participate in forums? You stream content? You use email? You buy–or sell–anything online?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then what Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to do with the internet affects you–right now.

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Famous! (obviously, not quite…)

22 Jan

(Still, there was a quote and a link and stuff.)

Last week that was much debate (much, seriously much) debate in Etsy’s business forum about SOPA, PIPA, individual vs community interest, etc. Given I was off work and offline (most of my usual online haunts went black, after all–go, all of you wonderful people!), I joined the conversation (here) and then spent much more time than what was reasonable in a couple of threads.

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