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FCC Votes to Regulate Internet Access

In a vote of three in favor and two opposed, the FCC voted to approve regulating Internet service like a public utility, prohibiting companies from paying for faster lanes on the Internet. In other words, net neutrality won out over the objection of major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, ComCast, et.al.). A brief video explaining net neutrality is featured below: Rather than inhibit Internet infrastructure expansion, I believe that creating a level playing field for everyone will foster greater growth and fuel the necessary expansion accordingly. Republicans had signaled their opposition to FCC regulation but, according to the New York Times, it appears unlikely they will attempt legislation to block it. This is a big win for most users. Now we have a more equitable framework in which to coexist with large corporate interests. Users will also have a forum through...

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What is Broadband and why is it important?

Broadband is simply a word used to identify a high-speed connection to the Internet. Whether you are using a computer (desktop or laptop), a smartphone or tablet, your device will send and receive data via a connection to Internet. Broadband speeds are much faster than dial-up where the user connects via a standard telephone modem that dials a number in order to connect. The FCC’s initial designation of minimum broadband speed was 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. This week, the FCC changed the designation of minimum broadband to 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. The designation Mbps = millions of bits per second (1 bit = 1/8 of a character, symbol or number). Most telephone companies currently have DSL plans that range from 4-6 Mbps download speed and 1-1.5 Mbps upload speed. Many cable television companies have...

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FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality

During the January 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, spoke on the subject of net neutrality and the upcoming vote on new rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs). After hearing comments and receiving a barrage of email from individuals, groups and businesses about net neutrality, Wheeler is seeking to garner support for rules that would regulate ISPs in much the same way as public utilities are regulated. Wheeler said during a speech at CES: “We’re going to propose rules that say no throttling (of Internet traffic), no blocking, no paid prioritization.” This pretty much sets the stage for new landscape on the horizon regarding how users will receive and pay for Internet service. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a ruling in January of 2014 that invalidated the existing net neutrality...

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