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    Internet “Fast Lanes”

    By on November 17, 2014 in See It Here

    You may have been hearing a lot of folks talking about “net neutrality.” I am one of them.  A  guy I know who I’ve always thought was up on current events told me he thinks it would be unfair if the net was moved closer to  Serena Williams so Maria Sharapova wouldn’t have to serve as far.

    He nailed the whole issue.

    Right now, The FCC is reviewing possible changes to rules after 20 years of Internet regulation which, if you think about it, is probably needed since Netflix hadn’t even been invented back in those prehistoric times. In short, the rules say it’s a level playing field and anyone with access gets equal speed to watch cat videos. This is “net neutrality.”

    One of my favorite people I rely on for facts is Texas Senator Ted Cruz who said “net neutrality is the Obamacare for the Internet.” His position was challenged by Minnesota Senator Al Franken on CNN’s “State of the Union” who said “he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” As a result of what happened last November 4th, Cruz, may become Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space, and doesn’t want government running the Internet (or health care) because private enterprise can do the job just fine.

    I know. I’m still stuck on Senator Cruz chairing that committee. Guess what? Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, who says there’s no such thing as climate change, is likely to become the next Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Jon Stewart is going to be able to take the entire year of 2015 off.

    If Ted Cruz and the lobby group for Internet providers (called the Telecom Industry Association) get their way, we will have the opportunity to pay extra for “fast lanes” to download the cat videos. The shop talk phrase being used here in Washington is “paid prioritization.” You want speed, you pay for it. This applies to major websites like as well as your smartphone/computer.

    There’s no deadline for an FCC decision but I am on the side of keeping the “net” where it is, though I still think Serena has an advantage with her serve.

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