Rolled In Sprinkles!15 May '17
|Generally speaking, I try to stick to topics centered around herd improvement. Today, I'm going rogue and discussing a far less interesting topic, however, no less important. |
What is Net Neutrality?
|Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers, wether that's through cable, phone line or cell service, provide equal levels of service to all internet traffic. That means they don't play favorites and a level playing field is available for companies of all sizes to compete for your business. |
Right now, we have a new FCC chairman in Ajit Pai who is a big proponent of deregulating the internet as a public utility and leaving it up to service providers to police themselves, but don't worry, as Ajit Pai points out the idea of service providers manipulating internet traffic isn't a problem...so why legislate for a problem that doesn't exist?
"We’re talking about something that’s entirely hypothetical. In a vacuum, one could conceive of any number of arrangements that are either pro-competitive or anti-competitive." - Ajit Pai
There's just one problem...
Sometimes, regulation appears because somebody did something stupid
|The obvious naming fail aside, the issue here was that Verizon actively blocked Google Wallet from operating on their network. This is anti competitive behaviour plain and simple, and the people who ultimately get screwed are the consumers....you and me! |
The problem compounds when you realise service providers are no longer delivering the service as advertised, sure, we'll be paying the amount but getting less!
Just for you Ajit Pai, here's a not so hypothetical, actual situation that I'm stuck with right now: So, my service provider is Comcast and they claim up to 25 megabit connection speeds....reality is the actual delivery is between 3-12 megabit so already a significant dip compared to optimal speed. Now, through rolling back net neutrality laws we're saying that service providers can block traffic if they decide to launch a competing product (as per the Google Wallet incident), likewise, a well funded company could theoretically pay large sums of money to destroy a competitive product. To some degree this is already happening with my Comcast service, for whatever reason they throttle VOIP services like skype and wifi calling, when you can stream a HD movie yet the connection can't support a simple voice call you know there's some shady activity behind the scenes.
So, now we're paying for our connection with a very questionable advertised speed range, but then if we happen to rely on a service being blocked or throttled we have to change providers.... wait a minute ...Comcast is the only service provider available at our house...so there is really no course of action short of accepting the choices outlined by our internet provider or disconnecting from the internet all together, for a business operating in 2017, that's kind of difficult!
This notion of trusting large corporates to "do the right thing" is the height of stupidity....Teddy Roosevelt knew this said it with more class than I ever can so here you go:
"Our aim is not to do away with corporations; on the contrary, these big aggregations are an inevitable development of modern industrialism. ... We are not hostile to them; we are merely determined that they shall be so handled as to subserve the public good. We draw the line against misconduct, not against wealth." - Teddy Roosevelt
|Get in touch with your local representative, let them know that you don't want to get screwed through lack of choice or inevitably increased product prices. |
This is a serious issue, one that threatens our ability as developers to deliver cutting edge technology at the most affordable price...so if you use Livestocked and enjoy our efforts to provide you with the best herd manager available for free, tell your local representative that you strongly support net neutrality backed by Title II oversight of ISP's.
There's a not so old saying that I think is fitting here - "You can't polish a turd...but you can roll in in sprinkles and make it look pretty."
My friends...Ajit Pai is definitely rolling this turd in sprinkles!
Contributed by James Cullis