Fighting for the future of the Internet
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#1 Mar 16, 2014
Has anyone read this column dated March 5th 2014 in the Niagara Gazett.
The Federal Communicatons Commission is moving aggressively to see that the Internet remains equally open to all. Despite recent court setbacks, the rules proposed for adoption should achieve that goal.
The principle here s "net neutrality" the concept that thse who provide Internet service treat allinformation equally. This wa no big deal in the early days of the Internet, when there was little money o be made in manipulating content. Today, however, the stakes are higher, much higher.
The big providers, such as Verizon andTime Warner, don't like neutraliy. They want to be able to give perferred access to thoe who pay for that access. These entities would get their data transmitted faster and at a higher quality.
It's hard to overstate the importance of net neutrality. What would happen to the next Facebook or Google if providers were able to shunt them into the slow lane in order to give preferred access to established companies that were paying for the privilege?
#2 Mar 16, 2014
What if yor provide has a certan poltical philosophy and gves prefered access to sites that share that philosophy? With television you can always change the channel It's not that simple with Internet providers.
The FCC is hoping for success the third time around."Two previous efforts establish rules have been struck down in the courts.Surprisnigly, the most recent setback may actually have been a victory.
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out rules to prevent deals for preferential access saying the federal government did not have the right to treat Internet service prviders as utiliies. However, th court saidthe FCC ad some basic auhority"to promulgaterules governing broadband providers treatment of Internet traffic"
Too shorten this Ill have to skip over some content.
No one is talking about putting the federal government in charge of the Internet. What the FCC is trying tto do is keep private companies from exerting control over the Internet to determine what you can recieve through your provider.
Theres more to this content but I tried to make it as briefs possible.
#3 Mar 16, 2014
Someone is messng with his computer again. I mentioned during my Facebook chats about missing letters and now its happening more frequently (cough cough)
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