Thursday, November 30, 2017

Net Neutrality is GOOD - Killing it would be BAD.

In case you aren't aware, Net Neutrality is in danger of being repealed and removed by the FCC.

I think this is a good explanation in layman's terms. It also clears some confusion that some people might have. (The square icon in lower-right-corner switches the videos to Full-Screen)

Kinda strange because Jon never really uses this language in reports normally.

Not doing good work these-days guys. It's almost like Trump wants to undo everything Obama did while in office (no matter what the cost).

And don't think we are just talking about your landline broadband at home. This issue also includes your cell-phone data plan and mobile computing. A recent Stanford article reminds us that local news will also be affected.

An older video, but very good points. It seems this problem of Net Neutrality being adopted and staying in effect is a constant battle (Note: This video contains some adult language).

And now, John Oliver's latest video (and again ... John's language is Rated-R :)

All joking aside, if you want to keep using an internet with no-blocking, no-throttling, and no-paid-prioritization protections ... you should definitely visit (then click on Express) and let the FCC know that you support Net Neutrality. Then, just to be sure your wishes will not go ignored, you should also contact your government representatives.

Looks like sites and services like YouTube, Amazon Video, and NetFlix will be the first to be throttled-down or held ransom for extra cost plans.

Here is a newer video. The Cnet guys debate Net Neutrality ... I guess to try to present it from the ISP's point-of-view. Personally, I'm not buying it.

Another good recent article. You gotta read this stuff carefully friends :)

Upon finding updated but disturbingly unofficial source documents, David Gewirtz recants his earlier statement that the FCC changes are benign.

Time to save the Internet ... AGAIN!

MIT Media-Lab : What we lose when we lose net neutrality

We lost the battle but hopefully not the war. The December 2017 FCC vote was close at 3-2 :(

Update: January 17, 2018

Mozilla and 21 states Sue the FCC over internet freedom


Counter Point 

I don't agree, but obviously some people think that Net Neutrality is bad (or it conflicts with their agenda). They think that government regulation of the Internet like a public utility (like they have been doing for the past 2 years) is a not a good idea. Even if that regulation is in place to keep it Open and freely accessible. As usual, some in the "conservative right" label any opposing views as "Fake News".

It's hard to debate or argue the issue without knowing how they see the issue or what they believe. So, to be fair, here are some counter-point links. These are the minority and not easy to find.

It's just my opinion, but I find the Rush Limbaugh articles a little hard to read. Some of his referenced tech history is mis-understood. Some of his basic explanation of how current technology works is also inaccurate. It's hard to "talk technology" or take tech advice from someone who doesn't completely 100% understand it. But it's SOME not All, so it's worth a quick read.

One law professor's overview of the confusing net neutrality debate:

1 comment:

  1. Added some more good videos and articles. YouTube and the Internet is full of them as this issue gains more attention, but I think these are some of the best.


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