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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday unveiled plans to repeal a landmark 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content, and said the regulator will prevent states and cities from adopting similar protections. FCC chief Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump in January, said the commission will vote at a Dec. 14 meeting on his plan to rescind the so-called net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that treated internet service providers like public utilities. The rules barred broadband providers from blocking or slowing down access to content or charging consumers more for certain content.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Firms in the "gig economy" are exploiting loopholes in employment law leaving workers worse off, say MPs.

Minicab drivers and delivery riders face an "unacceptable burden" of having to prove they are "workers" not self-employed, two Commons committees say.

They suggest that companies should be fined if they falsely classify workers and deny them benefits.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Google is taking its battle against misleading information to the real world. The company has partnered with the International Fact-Checking Network, a nonpartisan organization run by The Poynter Institute that advocates across the globe for accuracy in online articles. The IFCN holds an annual fact-checking conference, funds fellowships and provides training for would-be fake-news detectives, plus it's the author behind a widely accepted code of principles for media organizations.


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www.businessinsider.com Netflix is paying 2.5 cents per movie.

time.com Netflix delivered 42.5Billion movies

To math that all out, Netflix is paying somewhere north of a billion dollars a year for internet access.

www.cbsnews.com Americans average internet bill is $47/month

www.statista.com There are 94.5 million internet subscribers.

Again, to math that all out. It takes 24% of all residential consumers, 22.5 million, to pay as much as Netflix for internet. I think Netflix is paying it's fair share.

(I know the years are a mixed bag but the numbers stay roughly the same)

JeffJ & Ray

Here's how minor a change would have to be in place to drastically alter the internet landscape.

www.bbc.com

"According to research from digital performance measurement firm Dynatrace, just a half second difference in page load times can make a 10% difference in sales for an online retailer."

Let that sink in for a minute

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