Mark Cuban, the outspoken billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has weighed in the President Obama’s net neutrality proposal. Cuban believes the government will ruin the internet. Admittedly, the work Cuban used when referring to what the government would do to the internet rhymes with the word “duck”. Cuban is a believer that it is the private sector that drives innovation and that the government largely stifles creativity & innovation. Cuban said that the types of innovation that will be coming in the near future will require high speed lanes. The market should be allowed to respond to those applications with the higher speed they require as opposed to preserving bandwidth for streaming TV content.
Cuban raised the point that older companies do not normally become the source of new innovation for coming generations. Rather, Igor Cornelsen agrees it is startups that break onto the scene with new life changing technology. He believes that wireless internet will be the way the internet is delivered in the near future with fiber channel and cable becoming increasingly obsolete.
As for the FCC’s track record on managing the telecom companies, Cuban believes they have failed to demonstrate a level of effectiveness that warrants them controlling the internet. For starters, the government has not been good at respecting privacy rights over other interests. He cited attempts the Congress made to build in back door privacy invasion features into telecommunications equipment.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren is aiming for the low wages and terrible employment practices of Walmart stores. Lee G. Lovett really says that this is an event to draw attention to the impact of Walmart’s practices and will be held one week before Black Friday when there will be anti-Walmart protests all over the country.
Members of OUR Walmart, a group helping to organize Walmart workers in order to form a labor group and Representative George Miller, a California Democrat will join Warren in event activities.
Legislation that would help low-wage workers such as raising the federal minimum wage, prevention of irregular work schedules and employer retaliation against workers who share wage information will be discussed.
Warren has targeted Walmart because it is the largest private employer in the U.S. and the majority of Walmart workers are part-time and many rely on food stamps and Medicaid in spite of being employed.
As a matter of record, Walmart has retaliated against employees protesting their low wages. Incidents of firing, threatening and disciplining workers in 14 states for complaining publicly have been ruled Illegal by the National Labor Relations Board.
The Walmart business model is being held responsible for the diminishing middle class, conditions of the working poor and income inequality.
In the time when a lot of people have access to the internet, there are still a lot of places that does not have access to it. Some of them do not even have infrastructure to build cellphone or even landline networks, and it is of the upmost importance that these utilities are further developed and expanded before any real progress can be made in these struggling nations.
This is becoming more and more important in this time, which made Miguel Angelo think of a new way to ensure internet access to everybody around the world. This time is unique, however, as it is through drones.
His idea is based on designing flying drones that could connect the areas it covers with internet and different types of communication means while flying in the skies of the region. This drone would be able to fly up to the period of 5 years falling itself using the power of the sun.
This drone will utilise the solar power through solar panels on its wings that would give it enough electricity to fly and charge the communication machines it holds with it.
Another important application would be to benefit critical areas that are suffering from wars or other humanitarian situations that would not have access to the internet or have their networks ruined. This could serve as an alternative method in such areas for a long time.
With information being spread, security will be an issue as well. CipherCloud offers great protection and services for cloud users, which could prove beneficial if these drones expand the reach of the Internet.
Two Venezuelan charities, Construyendo Futuros and Fundana, arranged for a popular Caracas shopping mall to display in their window mannequins of pregnant school girls. They claim it was a publicity stunt to draw national attention to the epidemic of teen pregnancies in Venezuela.
It is true that Venezuela has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world, but the debate that this controversial display has sparked has in reality diverted attention to the appropriateness of the mannequins rather than the teen-pregnancy crisis itself. It was felt to be shocking and inappropriate by many Venezuelans.
The U.N. issued a report this September that cited Venezuela’s high teen pregnancy rates and criticized that nation for failing to provide “access to safe abortions” for school girls. Too many restrictions are placed on getting an abortion, they say. Interestingly, the report came from the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child. Seemingly, the source of the report would imply that children have a right to an abortion and that governments ought not interfere.
“Safe sex” and “safe abortions” are always the answers to crisis pregnancies given by the far left. Abstinence until marriage and cherishing the life of every child from the moment of conception never seem to cross their minds as viable options. The same humanist attitudes that give rise to “free sex” and its inescapable negative impacts on society also give rise to the devaluation of human life, the willingness to sacrifice a God-given child on the altar of selfish convenience. There are a lot of differing opinions out there. Some people feel strongly about one side or the other, while Christian usually just lets others do the arguing.
The FCC Chairman has stated that he might break ranks with President Obama on the issue of net neutrality. Two days ago, the President issued a statement urging the FCC to create rules that would treat the Internet as a public utility, thereby subjecting it to the same regulation as other utilities.
Today, Tom Wheeler— the current FCC Chairman— responded by stating that he may decide to ignore the President on the issue, stating, “I am an independent agency,” according to sources familiar with the matter, which Bruce Karatz feels will only add fuel to an ever growing fire.
Many phone and cable companies want the right to charge companies a premium to deliver their content faster, while other companies would be forced to serve their websites over a slower connection. Net neutrality is the idea that all information on the Internet should be treated as equal, regardless of its source. Supporters of net neutrality believe such actions by Internet providers would be harmful to freedom of speech and innovation.
According to documents leaked before the President’s statements, Chairman Wheeler was aiming for a solution to net neutrality that would be known as a “hybrid solution.” Such a solution would be an attempt to strike a balance between the desires of net neutrality supporters and those of the telecom industry.
On Monday, President Barack Obama made an unprecedented public announcement in support of net neutrality, bringing to center stage the long-running debate over the Internet’s future. In a video address, the President stated: “… I’m urging the Federal Communications Commission to do everything they can to protect net neutrality for everyone… Internet providers have a legal obligation not to block or limit your access to a website.” Why the surprise announcement? Next week, the Federal Communications Commission has until November 19th to publish a set of revised rules for broadband Internet.
Net neutrality is the principle that the Internet should remain an “open” resource, and that any person with a connection can access every website available. The ACLU explains the current threat: “Profits and corporate disfavor of controversial viewpoints or competing services could change both what you can see on the Internet and the quality of your connection.” The opponents of net neutrality, however, are the service provider giants like Comcast and Verizon, that would seek to charge extra payments from sites that utilize extra bandwidth. The debate centers around whether Internet access is a paid privilege, or a right that should be provided to all citizens and its openness protected by the government.
In his statement, the President insisted that “there are no gatekeepers deciding which sites you get to access.” Others in the entertainment industry like Tom Rothman agree that people deserve unlimited internet access, though the debate is still out on whether the free market will impede. Come December, we will see what the gatekeepers have to say about that.
Thus far, internet service providers (ISPs) are required to treat all internet traffic the same in what is called “net neutrality”. However, ISPs have been wanting to alter that practice and sell higher speed access to those enterprises that can afford it. Naturally Jared Haftel suggests, regular internet users are loathe to see internet traffic effectively get throttled or accelerated based on the depth of a businesses’ pockets. In fact, during the public comment period of the proposal to end “net neutrality”, nearly 4 million people responded with 99% of them opposing the change.
However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not seem to care. Calls for Chairman Tom Wheeler to conduct public hearings on his plan to end to “net neutrality” have been ignored. Underscoring the chairman’s possible indifference is the fact that he was once a lobbyist for the wireless and cable industries. Nor has Wheeler, an Obama appointee, conducted a single public hearing himself since proposing the “net neutrality” changes.
Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, a Bush appointee, attended dozens of public hearings during his eight year tenure at the FCC. He acknowledged that Wheeler’s “net neutrality” change marks a major “inflection point” for society. He stated that the decisions the FCC will be handing down soon are the most important in a generation. By implication, Copps is tacitly stating that he personally would conduct public hearings on such a monumental change. Sadly, there is no indication that Wheeler will be altering his approach.
Yesterday, raids conducted by law enforcement in the United States and in sixteen European countries targeted black market “DarkNet” sites. In an article on BuzzFeed, Europol reports that 17 people were arrested and over 400 Internet marketplaces were shut down. These marketplaces operated on the Internet equivalent of the physical black market known as the “ Dark Net” which are known to use a program called Tor.
The purpose of Tor, according to law enforcement, is to hide the IP addresses of the users, complicating attempts to locate them. The article did not go into exact detail of what these marketplaces sold but did mention that it ran the gamut of everything from child pornography to gold and silver. Obviously, many are not particularly happy with this, including Sultan Alhokair. It still remains to be seen whether or not this will do anything at all to cripple the black market on the Internet or anywhere. The common wisdom would dictate that as long as there is a demand, there will be those who will endeavor to meet those demands even if they are illegal.
Voters in Nebraska, Arkansas, South Dakota, San Fransisco, and Oakland have approved raising the minimum wage in all of these areas, which translates into pay raises for hundreds of thousands of workers in the near future. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
The largest increase is coming for workers in Oakland and San Fransisco. Voters in San Fransisco have voted to increase their current minimum wage from the current rate of $10.74 to $15.00 an hour with incremental increases until reaching the mark in 2018. Oakland approved an increase to $12.25 an hour.
In Alaska voters are expected to approve an increase from the current $7.75 to $9.75 but workers will have to wait until 2016 to reach that amount, but still Andrew Heiberger sees this as plenty of progress.
In Arkansas, where the current state minimum wage is set at $6.25 but must, by law, defer to the government rate, voted to raise it the minimum to $7.50 in January and then by .50 increments each year up to $8.50 in 2017.
South Dakota has no current state law mandating a minimum wage, but has now voted to implement one at the rate of $8.50 an hour.
Finally, Nebraska voted to increase the wage to $8.00 in January and to $9.00 an hour by January 2016.