* Posts by Adam Higgins

6 posts • joined 16 May 2014

Plan to kill net neutrality is the best thing/worst thing ever! EVER!!1

Adam Higgins
WTF?

Here we go again

It's clear that Chairman Pai is more interested in serving corporate interests than protecting the consumer. I believe his connection with his former employer, Verizon, affects his every move. He has already flatly stated his opinion, and I feel all public comments will be ignored.

It's time to get rid of the fox guarding the henhouse! The last time this happened, almost 4 million people expressed their strong desire to have ISP's regulated under Title II. Listen to your constituents!

Pack your bags! NASA spots SEVEN nearby Earth-sized alien worlds

Adam Higgins

Yes man

"...undiscovered Yes album cover."--brilliant!

Weird garbled Windows 7 update baffles world – now Microsoft reveals the truth

Adam Higgins
Thumb Down

More routine B.S.

It seems that Microsoft routinely puts out updates that have to be revised or removed. Whether this "update" was an unintentional release, or an intentional hack, it demonstrates why I do not allow automatic updates to my Windows 7. Windows 10 will NEVER be installed on any machine I own.

Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

Adam Higgins
Mushroom

"ensures device readiness"

Readiness to switch to Linux.

Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

Adam Higgins
FAIL

no great loss

"About as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted."--Scott Foundas, Variety.

God, I wish I'd thought of that.

FCC headman Wheeler calls for an 'open internet' – but what the %$#@! does he mean?

Adam Higgins

Business as usual

The FCC is in the process of making decisions that could drastically harm the Internet as we know it. Until very recently, the FCC had rules in place which dictated an open, neutral Internet. This meant that all (legal) web traffic had to be treated equally, without blocking or favoritism. From a private blog to a public search engine or corporate website, all traffic enjoyed equal priority and access. This situation has changed.

Previous “Open Internet” or “Net Neutrality” rules were vacated earlier this year, the outcome of a lawsuit brought, and won by, Verizon. The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled against the FCC because the language used characterized Internet Service Providers as content providers, over whom the FCC has limited authority. The ruling court, seeing the necessity of maintaining the Internet as it is, even spelled out how the FCC could easily rectify the situation. If the FCC designated the ISP's as common carriers, basically pipelines for data, it could regulate them under its Title II authority.

The biggest opportunity this ruling presents for ISP’s is a new source of income as they seek to control access to content and institute charges for entities who wish to put their content in the forefront. Verizon, for example, looks “forward to working with the FCC and Congress...without the need for unnecessary new regulations that seek to manage the explosive dynamism of the Internet.” (Quote from Verizon’s policy blog). In this instance, dynamism=profit.

No one will benefit from a tiered Internet, except those seeking to make money through preferential treatments and "subscription" packages. That is unthinkable. The consumer pays his or her ISP to provide an Internet connection, nothing more. Carriers must be classified as service providers or utilities. Anything less threatens the existence of the Internet as we know it.

The Internet has become a very necessary part of everyday life, from email, social net-working, banking and shopping to videos, music, and movies. We have integrated the Net into our daily lives to the point that it is hard to imagine doing without it, just like electricity or running water. It's high time to recognize the fact that the Internet is indeed a utility, and must be treated as such.

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