Breakout Session: Enough Bandwidth? Net Neutrality Act

Posted: September 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

net neutrality

A brief summary of a session i attended:
The Net Neutrality Act is another regulation that seems good on the surface but peel back the layers and we have a potential nightmare. This Act puts the the government in full control of the internet communications, Similar to the old Telephone monopolies back in the day. The idea is equal access and prioritization of communications, but we already have anti-trust laws on the books and these should be used instead. The Appeallate Courts will be hearing this case on the 9th of September.
What the FCC is doing here is trying to take total control of all comunications. You see, internet is classified as ‘class 2’ communications. With FCC control they will move it to “class 1”, like phone service. The drive by telecomunications companies to VOIP (voice over internet protocol) is disturbing to the FCC. Telecomunications companies are wanting to switch to all VOIP because its cheaper and its less regulated as class 2.
Another issue is spectrum, Spectrum is the total volume of frequencies. Not to get too technical, Spectrum is what makes all communications possible. Think of it as a pie. The Government currently has the largest slice. In fact they hold 70% compared to private sectors mear 30%. The government is hoarding much of it even though they are only using a fraction of spectrum. This is why our cable,phone,internet costs so much. This creates a bidding war for the availible spectrum between the telecommunications companies for their slice of the spectrum
FOX, CBS, ABC and other large media companies buy spectrum even if they are not using all of it. This is a clever attempt to squeeze out future competition.
Another attempt by the governments is to create public internet under the ruse of getting broadband to rural areas. So far there are about 100 of these public networks but they all are in urban areas. Furthermore it has been a total boondoggle for local tax payers. One example of this is Provo, Utah. The taxpayers funded a public FIOS network there for 39 million dollars, Provo ended up selling it to Google Fibre for $1 because Provo had no idea how to manage a network. -MRJA.   learn more at http://techfreedom.org/

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