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December 7th

Filed under: Uncategorized — natashag22 at 9:53 am on Tuesday, December 7, 2010

“Abandoning Net Neutrality, FCC Chair Backs Two-Tiered Internet Fees”


          Josh Silver the founder of freepress.net was featured to discuss the new rules the Federal Communications Commission has put forth that will abandon net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principal that guarantees the internet of being free and open to the public without interference from companies attempting to create a monopoly. Currently, the biggest players in the internet are Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. These companies want to create a two tiered system that will allow for them to charge higher fees for faster internet connection. Not only does this mean there will be only a couple of companies monopolizing the internet, but it will lead to their full control over the content of what is and is not being shared. Comcast has already been charged with blocking a site from use and is pushing to prevent modems from being bought that would allow for a faster internet connection. Just as Josh stated our current day policy has not been able to catch up with the speed the internet has taken off on. Hopefully it is not passed on December 21st, but if it does it will be the start of a scary time.

“The Yes Men Fix the World” (2009)

          The first thought that came to my mind was, “hilarious!” Wow, this seems like a great movie. It kind of reminded me of the Michael Moore movies, but with a completely different twist. These two men impersonate real life CEO’s and surprisingly get far and at times even away with it. They manage to stay impressively poised through it all and are extremely believable in the positions they aim to portray. It is not only for a laugh, but there is meaning behind what Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno do. These two men expose the truth which otherwise would never be revealed by those responsible. I still can’t believe he was able to get on a world-wide news network pretending to be a spokesman for Bhopal Chemicals. I love when he responds he wasn’t lying but it was instead, “an honest representation of what they should be doing”. This is a very creative, original, entertaining, and seemingly effective way to spread the truth and taking necessary steps in creating social change. I can’t wait to see the film.

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   wilson

December 15, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

“Currently, the biggest players in the internet are Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. These companies want to create a two tiered system that will allow for them to charge higher fees for faster internet connection. Not only does this mean there will be only a couple of companies monopolizing the internet, but it will lead to their full control over the content of what is and is not being shared.”
This was indeed very interesting, Internet is become a necessity in our world so even if they are able to monopolize the internet connection market, people will still pay and support them. It’s funny and I’m curious to see how limited our internet browsing would become if they were to have full control over the content we see. Perhaps we’ll never see this happening or could happen as soon as the 21st, which is coming up very soon…

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   Prof. Hala

December 22, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

Yes, welcome to the two-tiered internet! The new FCC rules provide two sets of regulations, one for “wired”/broadband communication and another for wireless communication (cell phone, iPad, etc). The former gets “net-neutrality-like” protections, the latter does not. Critics claim this will only deepen the digital divide, as most low-income and minority internet users rely on wireless communication for access.

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