Friday, December 15, 2017

Vox video: "How the End of Net Neutrality Could Change the Internet"

Liz Sheltens and Mallaory Brangan direct a video for Vox “How the End of Net Neutrality Could Change the Internet

The video gives a great history of the early days of the web, when I made a lot of the material from my first “Do Ask, Do Tell” book free online (for those who didn’t want to pay) so I would be found by a lot of people on search engines – and it worked.  In those days, the Internet was largely text and still images so my own strategy worked better then that it does now.  Hey, it sounds like I should make my own video explaining this.

The FCC regulated the phone companies carriage of the Internet then as common carriers, through the advent of DSL around 2002 or 2003, which was rocky at first.  The regulations meant that phone companies couldn’t charge you more for using AOL (although some companies could charge for time used, and AOL itself did that until 1997).  In 2005, the Bush administration people deregulated, leading to fewer ISP’s which replaced DSL services.

It strikes me that indeed the big problem is that often there are not enough companies in one geographical area (especially rural).  If you have two or three companies in every major area then telecom companies have little incentive to throttle content as some small businesses fear, not trusting their current “promises”. 

The film points out that some regulation was needed for Facebook to be developed and be better than Myspace (Dr. Phil’s favorite – remember those “Internet Mistakes” back in 2007?).
The Vox video is on Youtube, but the copy on their own site when played from Facebook keeps stalling. 

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