If you have not seen John Oliver lay bare the FCC Net Neutrality proposal, you must. You can find it here.
I’ve shared it widely among my facebook friends and implored them to email or contact the FCC. In the last few days I’ve been asked what I wrote. Here is my letter in full. I’ve taken the liberty to mark up a few minor corrections I wish I’d made before I sent it.
I am a Legal Foreign Resident living and working in Austin Texas, I have lived in here 8-years, and for 2-years before that in New York State. I am an Executive Director and Senior Distinguished Engineer at Dell Computer, I write though as a private individual.
The current service I receive, in a residential Street, just 1-mile from the City of Austin City Hall, is expensive, slow an the only option available to me. Yes, since the google fiber announcement, both Grande Communications and AT&T have announced new offerings, but neither is available. [on my street]
Net net, I have no choice. Now, you are proposing that the relatively expensive cable service I and my neighbors receive will now be subject to a further direct or indirect charge.
It’s not clear at all that I can give away anymore of my privacy to the massive cable conglomerates, so the only way your proposal would work is either I pay the cable company more money for premium traffic, or I pay the content companies more for premium content. The end result to me though is I will be paying more for the same service I had last year.
This proposed dual speed internet traffic regulation must NOT be implemented. It is anti-competitive, allowing larger companies to out spend smaller, new companies; it is monopolistic, it allows the incumbent cable companies to shore-up their already entrenched positions
but by charging effectively, more for the same. Ultimately, this proposal further allows monopolistic providers to shake down individuals and content companies with for no real benefit.
US Cable Broadband is shockingly expensive. I regularly travel the world on business and I’m sure you have the data that shows that the USA, in general, is both more expensive per Mb per second, and has slower transport speeds to home users in cities like Austin, than do cities in what a few years ago we would have considered third world.
The price of Internet connection to homes, at a speed that makes modern home working, web conferencing etc. effective is now becoming an inhibitor. Soon it will have an affect on hiring patterns and wages for entry level positions. This cannot be what you want? Are video conferencing companies, web cam/whiteboard services premium content?
Please ensure that the Net Neutrality proposal is NOT implemented and revisit cable Internet as a common carrier.
Published June 2, 2014
Tags: linkedin, proprietary
Dell has been encouraging team members to post to the new linkedin Pulse, which came to LinkedIn as part of a $90m acquisition last year. I’ve been looking at it from my phone and tablet while travelling and wrote this summary today, I thought it worth sharing here with many of my tech’ savvy friends, colleagues, and readers.
“I won’t be participating. I assume you never got answers to my questions, mostly because as expected, LinkedIn are trying to recreate the best of the Web inside a walled garden.
That is, they appear to have introduced a new comment and groups system, are encouraging posts which are really better suited to either public blogs, news websites, or company websites.
I can’t work out the link semantics, making it difficult to share anything outside linkedin. There seems to be little or no moderation on comments and discussions. The article on CISO and Target is a good example, follow on to the comments.
I suspect they won’t make full articles available to search engines, and you will have to be logged in to LinkedIn to read them.
Since I’m not invested in LinkedIn, and not in classical marketing, I can’t see any value of helping LinkedIn recreate the Internet inside linkedin. ”
Did I get it wrong? LinkedIn is trying to be the facebook place where recruiters and marketing people hangout.