How Net Neutrality Encourages Small Business and Innovation

Net neutrality is primarily about increasing profits for telecommunication corporations. Make no mistake, corporate profits do not come out of thin air: they come from you. A lot of money has been spent to sway public opinion and muddy the waters regarding what net neutrality actually means.

So allow me to present a very real “What If?” scenario for you to consider…

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Hurricane Irma: Florida Electric Service Outage Maps

In the aftermath of Hurricane Imra, many Florida residents find themselves in the uncomfortable position of being without power. Aside from not having air conditioning (a necessity when the outside temperature and humidity are often both 90!) or hot water, widespread outages also mean the wastewater pumping stations are also offline. Here is a list of the major power companies and their current service outage maps.

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Finding Reality in Post-Truth, Alternate Facts Internet (or, Life in America, 2017)

In 1992, we envisioned a world where the internet would make all the knowledge of humankind available to everyone, and it would lift us to greater growth and potential than we’ve experienced. We didn’t imagine it becoming a cesspool that we all, ironically, pay to roll around in.

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Predictions for 2017 – 2020

In 2016 America voted in an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing regime where the interests of business and corporate profit margins determine the legislation passed for our country and people. For those of us who do not make our living on the stock market, it’s time to prepare for what is coming.

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This Conversation Is So Gay

Nothing is more offensive to me then when I am having a conversation with some friends and the term “gay” is used in a humorous context, and someone across the room who associates themselves as being gay gets offended, inserts themselves into the conversation and says “Hello, I am right here! I can’t believe you just said that!”

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Common Sense, Technology, and Regulation

A good friend recently posted a thoughtful question the other morning asking people if they felt that a business had the right to refuse service based on sexual orientation, and if that was any different than refusing service based on race. It provoked an interesting line of conversation that centered on what was considered a “protected class” and several other legal definitions.

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