A "snoozeworthy term".... the principle of "Net neutrality."

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Remember celebrating OneWebDay in September?  Did you celebrate? I thought Sellsius° Blogs Marathon was in honor of OneWebDay.  The Blog Marathon ...where the Sellsius° Bloggers did 50 blog entries in a day.. 

On Columbus Best Blog:

"I don't know if Sellsius° Blog's Blogging Marathon was to celebrate OneWebDay but any blog posting fifty blog entries on the same day as the first OneWebDay is promoting using the web.  A blogging marathon is certainly a celebration of life online....

Sellsius°  fify blog entries posted September 22, 2006 cover a lot of ground.  Real estate and otherwise."

Joseph Ferrera of Sellsius° Blog commented:

Sep. 24, 2006 - re: OneWebDay Columbus 9-22-06
Posted by jf.sellsius (72.78.173.69)
It was a happy coincidence that we did 50 posts on OneWebDay.  Blogging is a great way to celebrate the day. 

Newsweek has a column about the first One Web Day, September 22, 2006 in The Technologist by Steven Levy

the world"Celebrating a Web That's Free - For Now."  

The founder of One Web Day, Susan Crawford of The Cardozo Law School conciously steered attention from the 'dark' topic of the future of the web.  Instead the first OneWebDay was supposed to be like Earth Day.

Levy wrote in part: "the principle of "Net neutrality.  It's a snoozeworthy term..."

"Though some lawmakers are interested in writing legislation to preserve Net neutrality, in the Senate the effort failed. A key opponent is Ted Stevens (Republican of Alaska), who heads the Commerce Committee. "[Legislating] Net neutrality is unnecessary government regulation," says Stevens via e-mail, "and is an attempt to shift the high cost of innovations from large companies to everyday Americans who log onto the Web." Stevens's committee is touting a survey that claims that consumers don't care about neutrality—but the respondents to the survey weren't told what neutrality meant, or that it is the current standard. Nor were they asked to consider what would happen if nonprofits, activists, start-ups and citizen journalists lost their audiences because they were stuck in a digital traffic jam—while the big guys paid their way out of it by fattening the wallets of companies like Verizon, which funded the survey."

Myself and another e-PRO REALTOR®  tried to start a discussion of Net Neutrality on e-PROTalk... probably shortly after another Steven Levy 'TheTechnologist" column about Net Neutrality ... a few months ago... This other e-PRO and I ended up emailing offlist about how confusing the issue is... like election issues with double negatives... we traded some info back and forth about the issue when we could not get anyone else to talk about it...so I won't be offended if you've already nodded off...   

Levy wrote in the current Newsweek's 'TheTechnologist' column. "OneWebDay is a great idea, but why not use it to address this threat to the Net's freedom? Can I suggest a theme song for next year's party? It's that Joni Mitchell tune where she sings, "You don't know what you've got till it's gone."

Yesterday Maureen Francis was asking about using video's in our business... could we use video if we were in the slow lane congested with traffic? Craig Newmark of Craigslist can't afford the web the web to change can you? 

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Rainer
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I'd like to join the conversation, but I have nothing to add.  I don't get it really.  Even after reading the article.  I think I am not in thinking mode today.
Oct 05, 2006 03:25 AM #1
Rainmaker
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the principle of Net neutrality does that to brains. 

Hints... net is neutral now.  You have the same access as Yahoo and AOL.  Verizon etc. would like to develop a high speed lane for those who can pay the toll... the web would then not  be neutral.   

 

Oct 05, 2006 04:11 AM #2
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Roberta Murphy
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At best, a non-neutral web would turn it into another utility bill in the telecom mash-up. At worst, net usage could be metered, filtered and further commercialized. Grrrr!

Oct 05, 2006 05:53 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
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My pea brain doesn't get it. Maureen, for some of us out here, could you explain it in a more simplied manner. Although, I tested very high on your test of stupidity...I just don't get this.
Oct 05, 2006 06:38 AM #4
Rainer
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Carole Cohen
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If we think about all the taxes and FTC charges and degregulation and regulation issues that have plagued the telephone industry, that can give us an idea of what could happen if we become 'non' neutral or unneutral. It probably behooves us to keep track of theee issues, the same way NAR supposedly keeps track for us of Legislation that affects us as Realtors.  Always believe no matter who is supposedly watching the store for us, it's always good to do it personally too.

Thanks for bringing this up, Maureen I will check it out more thoroughly.

Oct 05, 2006 06:47 AM #5
Rainmaker
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I wondered where the gold star was....thanks for the comments ladies.   

Gena....The web is neutral now... small companies...non profits, activists... bloggers, mom and pop real estate, individual agents have the same access as Yahoo, Google... what Levy call's "the big telcos and cable companies that basically have a duopoly on Internet Service"  want to offer the big companies like Google and Yahoo big fees to have faster service than the rest of us.  The Net would not be neutral.  $

Govt, nonprofits, small companies, bloggers would have slower service. The web (Net) would not be neutral. 

As Roberta said the least of it is more $ from us?  less innovation?  

Just keep thinking the Net is neutral now, what would change if it was not a level playing field? Would we have blogs now if a fast lane for the big boys had been provided a few years ago?  Would there be a YouTube?  Would there be Active Rain?   

Think about it if you can't sleep at night... sure to put you to sleep...          

Oct 05, 2006 06:57 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Roberta Murphy
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Rats. Net neutrality is the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night:-(
Oct 05, 2006 07:08 AM #7
Rainer
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Eileen Landau
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Actually Maureen, this is NOT a sleepy issue even though right now we're snoozing.

Seems to me what that if you (company or individual) have money you can BUY your presense on the web. So, perhaps Microsoft drops several billion dollars and gets a faster loading website, or pays more for PPC. I, on the other hand, am trying to write software out of my garage (Steve Jobs, anyone) and because I don't have the funds perhaps my product would never be seen.

Same could apply to real estate agents. The big companies with large market share can and will certainly try to take over the search portals and lead generators for their companies. Means us little "Garage Realty" people may not be found without a lot more money being spent.

Perhaps at some future point we will pay for internet usage, similar to our utility bills. Again, means if you don't have the money, you either go to a public library or do without. Thus ends the neutrality. And, we're back to "haves and have-nots".

Oct 05, 2006 07:14 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Linda Mardi
AuctionFirst - Austin, TX
Net neutrality - not yet in websters dictionary
Oct 05, 2006 08:48 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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Linda It is Googleable though I believe and I want to say it is in Wikipedia... my first stop often when researching a topic....thanks for the comments all... 

 

Oct 05, 2006 09:14 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
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Oh my...thank you for explaining...feel a little stupdified. I hope that is not the way we are going. What if anything can we do to try to stop it?
Oct 05, 2006 10:23 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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Do?

Good question Gena... I had not got that far. I was just glad I understood...the Newsweek article...

I guess keep trying to learn more about Net neutrality.... decide if it is a battle you believe in... I thought the people trying to maintain Net neutrality were crazy at first. I thought they were whiners. 

Talk about Net netrality with others, on RT, on ePROTalk, on Active Rain.  There have to be others on AR that understand Net neutrality better than I do.  

Celebrate OneWebDay next year.   

There are websites about what you can do in your area including

http://www.savetheinternet.com/

 

 

Oct 05, 2006 10:57 AM #12
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janeAnne
VERY interesting and I sure would like to understand the pros and cons...one day ? :-)
Oct 14, 2006 01:36 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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Keep reading about Net neutrality janeAnne!  It is not an easy subject to digest...

Oct 14, 2006 05:03 PM #14
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