Everything You Need To Know About Net Neutrality In 13 Minutes

Courtesy of  on Upworthy.

This topic is so boring, I’m not even going to tell you what it’s about. John Oliver’s epically informative and hilarious analysis will have to do the talking. It’s REEAALLY important.

Please watch. You’ll laugh and learn why the boring is actually quite imperative to us. I’m begging you to stick around to at least 4:02, as it’s really important to understanding how they could really make things worse.

Ok folks. This is your moment. Go to the FCC website. And say something. NICELY.

And then, in the spirit of freedom and dingos, you could share this. So people can learn about the most important boring thing ever.

One thought on “Everything You Need To Know About Net Neutrality In 13 Minutes

  1. First, It all depends on how the term “Telco” is defenid plain and simple. If Google are within the letter of the law then they should be fine. What might cause less friction is simply charging a fee for terminating calls in in rural higher cost areas. If anything, GV is no different in practice than using a calling card. You add minutes to your card and then make calls on top of their supplied 800 number. Whatever laws govern that *might* also apply to GV *maybe*.Second, as for AT&T’s take on this, they’re just trying to deflect some heat from this whole “GV kicked from the appstore mess” but, again depending on the wording of the law on what constitutes a telco, I don’t see GV as a telco. Again, no dial tone, only a voicemail service. (Is this part of the telco definition? Whether or not the spirit rather than the letter of the law is violated is smoke and mirrors – companies including AT&T do it and have done it for years, Google just happens to be more visible about it than most. Here’s a similar illustration: a *new* service provider goes into an established market and low ball’s their price under what the other *established* service providers have unofficially agreed upon. In so doing, they are not breaking a law, however they are pissing off their competitors, showing them up. In turn, ANY fault, or sidestep of the law by the *new* service provider becomes the subject of a complaint made by *established* service providers to whoever regulates the business as a matter of protecting their own market share.Third, by using GV the consumer also avoids certain lock-in problems the true telcos almost rely on as an unofficial part of the business model. To the consumer, it means it no longer matters what number you use. If anyone trying to reach you has your GV number then you can use whatever company is cheapest (possibly not AT&T) and still keep your number, and key features like voicemail and sms independent of them. (In that specifically I say ‘cry me a river AT&T’)The problem is the playing field is changed completely because in times past, any network that anything happened on was owned by some company who could charge. No one *Owns* the internet and so how you make money is, *complicated*. It’s the digital wild wild west with no physical boundaries or borders and everyone, including the FCC is trying to figure it out and revamp laws made when the only computers were owned by the government, or universities – not to mention the size of tractor trailers :-)Google is basically doing for the consumer, what many companies should have done, and either can’t or won’t do. I just hope as the company grows up, that they don’t become guilty the same as the companies they are trying to positively 🙂 influence. Lastly, I think Bastions comments are mostly right on. Each of these companies are ‘for profit’ businesses out to make money in the end and none of us should become zealots developing emotions that are shaped by bloggers or the media. If we do, then we’re sheep that deserve to be herded along.

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