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Net Neutrality Video Clearing House

Today is the final day to submit your comments to the FCC regarding Net Neutrality and sustaining an open internet. If you’re still unsure about what the uproar is about, take a few minutes to watch these  videos. Spoiler alert: I’m a huge proponent of protecting the internet as it is and not creating pay-walls which would create disadvantages for consumers, start-ups, mom-and-pop shops, and innovation in general. If we want to make sure the U.S. stays at the forefront of technological development, we must have the tools in place for that to happen.

Net Neutrality: Is the Internet a Public Utility? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ft-bU9tn5c

Net Neutrality in the US: Now What? – http://vihart.com/net-neutrality-in-the-us-now-what/

What is “Net Neutrality?” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L11kLmWha6o

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality (HBO) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU

Now that you’ve watched the videos, you can visit https://www.dearfcc.org, provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and submit a form telling the FCC how important a free an open internet is to you!

Latest Assaults on Net Neutrality

net-neutrality

In light of today’s circuit court decision overturning the FCC’s 2010 net neutrality order, the above satirical image came to mind. I know that it dates back to at least 2007 but it is still very relevant.

AT&T also recently announced their “sponsored data” program, where content providers can pay to have their content not count against the customer’s mobile data usage. This clearly shows that our ISPs are more interested in nickel-and-diming both customers and now content providers than providing quality service at consumer friendly rates.

Wired has a good piece that was posted earlier today that I encourage you to read for further information:

If the decision stands, broadband providers are likely to implement pay-to-play plans like the one AT&T announced last week — plans that many said violated, at a minimum, the spirit of net neutrality.

 

much meme, such generate, so favorite

rain-doge

It’s a very rainy and dreary day. So you can imagine my excitement when Boing Boing linked to a new online Doge generator! If you don’t know about Doge, then you need to visit Know Your Meme. Oh, and the real Doge was recently tracked down by The Verge. Doge was a rescue dog in Japan. It’s a good read!

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