Shades of Gray

Nobody Is Neutral About Net Neutrality

Posted in Free Choice, General, Government, Net Neutrality, Research by Wayland Abernathy III on December 14, 2017

Here is Ben Shapiro quickly discussing why Net Neutrality is not a good thing for consumers.

I do not understand the pro-Net Neutrality logic here. Ben explained this quite succinctly in the 2:35 video above. He has also tackled this issue at greater length in the recent past. Can anyone logically explain why this is getting so many panties and boxers all bunched up?

These “virtual monopolies” of ISPs are thanks to local and state governments that strike deals with these companies. I’m confused why it is no problem to pay extra if you choose to use more water and electricity and gas and groceries and clothing and housing. Folks are getting seriously bent out of shape because they might also pay more if they choose to use the internet more than their neighbor.

If I flush the toilet more than you do, I’m going to pay more for water than you do. If I leave all of my lights on 18 hours a day, I’m going to pay more for electricity than you do. If I eat out every night instead of cooking my own meals, then I will spend more money on food than you do. So it should come as no surprise that if I spend 4-6 hours a night streaming Netflix, I will pay more than you do for internet access.

Allow me to put it this way – people wouldn’t let their local and state governments allow Publix to sign a deal and become the sole provider of groceries for a specific area within city, county, or state limits. That’s crazy, right? Well, that is exactly what we allow to happen to public utilities, which Ben speaks to in the video. I prefer that _more_ competition exists, not less. This competition would provide all of us with more choices of ISPs in our neighborhoods. This competition would result in lower costs. To me, this is the core issue that folks are not even addressing.

And I will also point out that we already have the opportunity to pay more for faster internet speeds if we choose.

See here for a large array of bundles available:

Cox Cable is not at fault because they are the only provider I have access to in my area. I look to the folks responsible for allowing the deal to be done in the first place – local and state governments. Hell, the same business model is in place for water companies, electric companies, and gas companies. Gulf Power is it for me. If I want access to another company’s power, I am out of luck. Same for water – one provider. Why no boggled minds and lengthy posts complaining about such obvious monopolies? This is what we get when the government is left to “protect the people”.

If there was actual competition in the market between ISPs (like there is in South Korea, which has maintained its lead on the Top 10 list of world’s fastest average internet speed at 26.7Mbps for Q1 of 2017) then we would not have this conversation. Ever. Are you surprised that the U.S. entered the Top 10 on this list for the first time during Q1 of 2017? Latvia and The Netherlands got bumped out of the Top 10 by Denmark and the U.S. Yay, I guess.

Forgive me if I choose to disagree with all of the naysayers on this issue. Net Neutrality is not favored by large corporations like Facebook. ISPs favor it. No surprise there. Facebook would like nothing more than to be the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you check before you go to sleep at night. Keeping in mind that you pay for what you consume in all other parts of your life, why is it the end of the Internet that you would also pay more if you consume more bandwidth?

Posted in Constitution, General, United States of America by Wayland Abernathy III on March 2, 2012

Big Brother is watching. George Orwell says "Hi."

America is supposedly the “land of the free and home of the brave.” What happens when the land of the free isn’t so free anymore? The government is swiping our freedoms right from under our feet and we are oblivious to it. Everyone deserves the right to privacy. We cannot continue to let our country suffer like this.

The recently introduced Stop All Piracy Acts bill (SOPA) is one of the many ways the government is attempting to constrain our nation. The legislation, set aside by President Barack Obama and the Congress, was a thinly veiled attempt to censor everything we do on the Internet. The Protect IP Act (PIPA), a Senate companion bill, also set aside for now, was the first attempt at censorship. If you’re not concerned yet, how about being constantly watched and recorded? Yes, “Big Brother” is watching. A new street light currently in testing is equipped with surveillance cameras, government broadcasting, and it is interactive. For example, if you litter, the street light will bark at you. There are no private conversations – the government is always watching.

Even with all of these crackdowns, you would expect to have your body to yourself, right? Think again. The government wants to see you naked. If you have been to the airport lately, the “backscatter” scanners have been installed in dozens of  airports around the country. These scanners capture pictures of you as you innocuously walk through. These pictures are so revealing – see naked – many news stations would not air the photos.

Government agents can attach GPS trackers to your car without you even knowing about it. The Government can listen to anything you say, and hold it against you as well. (Remind you of any Socialist or Communist regimes? Just spreading the fun around to everyone, aren’t they?) Anything you say, can and will be held against you. There are many more examples I could give of our freedoms being taken. I just don’t want to get that depressed at the moment. Check out just a little bit for yourself.

Do you feel safe in this country anymore? Do you feel free? I believe that the government should not have this much power and control over us. I also believe the Founders fought to prohibit just this type of government over-reach into the lives of United States citizens. Do you really believe that the government knows best? Is trying to censor us, really letting us be free? Current policies that infringe and outright destroy civil liberties provide all of us with a chilling vision of what a communist country looks like from the inside.