net neutrality

Life without an Internet connection is not the end of the world

What can we do using the computer without an Internet connection?For the most part I stay away from questions about politics and religion because the conversations get too emotional and irrational. I am starting to feel the same way about the recent rash of questions about net neutrality

I am not saying that regulations regarding net neutrality are not important, but they are not so important that anyone should consider leaving the country because of them. Any regulations surrounding net neutrality are not life and death issues.

If you are scratching your head right now, wondering what net neutrality is, I have a few links at the end of this that explain the topic. I am interested in net neutrality because I have worked in the fields of technology and telecommunications for many years. I feel pretty confident in saying that the world will not end if the internet shuts down tomorrow. I can live a normal healthy life without a broadband connection to my home.

Maybe I feel this way because I grew up in an era where the commercial internet did not exist. Yea, the internet technically existed in the 1960s and 1970s, but it did not became a commercial entity until the 1990s. Even in the 1990s the internet was so expensive to use, it was a small part of our lives.

What can we do using the computer without an Internet connection?

I can use a computer to do many of the things I did without a computer years ago. I really feel old when I answer questions about life before the internet went commercial.

Playing games

The obvious answer of using a computer not connected to the internet is playing games, but I have never been much of a gamer. I buy an old version of a game that is reduced in price because it has gone out of style or no longer the latest and greatest version.

I love music

The fight for Net Neutrality isn't sexy, but you need to give a damn!

Dominate the Internet: Net neutrality and the fight for control

You say you don't care about Net Neutrality because it's a political issue that doesn't effect you?

If that is how you feel, then please, turn your computer off right now. And don't come back!

You need to give a damn!

If you decided to read on, rather than read a book, or go play rummy at the kitchen table, that's good.

Everyone should have a cause. Something that gets them fired up, but not only gets them fired up but uses that burst of energy to promote something for the common good.

Now let's get fired up!

Let me briefly explain the premise of Net Neutrality.

Assuming the internet itself is there for the common good, the next question is how do we govern how we use it?  (If you disagree, that the internet itself is there for the common good, that's a another argument for another day.)
If you jump, and say no one should control how we use the internet, ah, that becomes the issue.  A very complex one.

We don't want the government controlling the internet, writing laws that tell us where we can go on the internet, and giving big brother the right to watch us.

That's one side of the issue of internet freedom.

Here are a few questions to help you understand the other side of the issue.

Do you want Verizon to give you access to their web portal as part of your basic service, but charge an additional fee to use Yahoo as your web portal?  Do you want Comcast to give you access to their movies as part of your basic internet service, but limit your access to other services that provide online movies?  Should Comcast make it more difficult, or more expensive, if you want to use Netflix?

Wow, that doesn't sound cool, does it?

You like a equal level of access to all websites?  That is what Net Neutrality is all about. The "network" is "neutral" as far as how the traffic is controlled.

The Tao of Questy is more about social issues than technology, but Net Neutrality crosses over both areas.  I don't want the government putting this website on a blacklist for my social or political views.  I also don't want your internet service provider to charge you more to read what I have to say here because I am not part of their network.

This post probably won't get as much attention as one about Miley Cyrus twerking. Sadly, articles about some young pop singer showing off her body parts get read a lot more than ones about how your internet habits might change because of Net Neutrality.

Now do you give a damn?


Dominate the Internet: Net neutrality and the fight for control


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