Maintaining the Balance on Net Neutrality

House_of_cardsAlthough it’s become a frequent topic in recent months, the debate in the U.S. about how we maintain a “free and open Internet” goes back to at least 2005. That year, the FCC issued a policy statement outlining principles for an open Internet, which they attempted to codify in their Open Internet Order released in December of 2010. Central to justifying authority in the order was Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which:

“Directs the FCC to make the major policy decisions and to select the mix of regulatory and deregulatory tools the Commission deems most appropriate in the public interest […]”

In the order, the FCC took pains to explain that in its opinion its regulation did not constitute reclassification of Internet Service Providers as “common carriers;” utilities that are subject to regulation under the Communications Act of 1934. A case brought by Comcast was heard in federal court and, in January 2014, most of the 2010 Open Internet Order was struck down, the court citing this very reclassification as its primary reason. It is worth noting that the FCC was allowed to implement the principle of “transparency,” and today Internet Service Providers are required to disclose how they manage traffic on their networks and policies pertaining to different types of traffic. Read more of this post

E-rate: Molding the Future of Education

E-rate Play Doh AppleWell folks, the FCC has released the E-Rate Modernization Order and the educational community did not fall apart! Many were fearful of the changes and their impact. For those still curious of the implications presented, read on.

The overall “order” was a reform of sorts, with some rather significant modifications. The basic premise was to “reorient” the program towards the goal of bringing broadband access to the end users. They aim to accomplish this with three steps; increase Wi-Fi usage and funding, increase cost effectiveness, and streamline the process. The modifications were not received well by all (of course it’s tough to please all parties), but did accomplish the goals of many. That is usually the sign of a sensible approach when dealing with the idea of “reform.” Read more of this post

Influencers for Growth & Design of the Internet

AOL_Modem_ScreechThe IP of today is virtually unrecognizable from the Internet that debuted 24+ years ago. Presently, IP supports much more than it once did. In the past, the platform was mainly static links that brought you to a page with even more static links and information. Now, due to trends in technology, IP has become interactive, supporting all facets of life around the globe including social media, financial trading, gaming, news, video streaming and more. It allows a plethora of information to reach different parts of the world via numerous functions and features such as banner ads on a webpage or message boards in the blogosphere. Internet is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity.

We could ramble for hours (maybe even days) about the endless changes of this “new-age IP.” But for us, we see three main takeaways:

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Decoding IP and the Dangers of DDoS

404 ElephantWith the invention of the Internet, we awake each morning connected. It has become as easy and routine as that early morning cup of Joe or the commute to work. But what we don’t realize is the mechanics behind this vast machine that enables communication and the susceptibility to danger it may face.

Let’s take a real world example. Bob Smith of the Sunesys Bank of New York is requesting a file from a server in his Chicago office. As he attempts to download this file, he receives an error due to a DDoS attack on the Chicago server despite the fact that he can access the rest of the Internet just fine. What is happening and how can it be resolved? For this, we must go back to the origins.   Read more of this post

Social Media’s APPetite for Bandwidth

APPetite For BandwidthSo, if you get “Friends” from Facebook and “Followers” from Twitter…

Can you get “Grapes” from Vine?

Of course that is a fair question! Read on for the answer and a peak into the “Social Media” world.

What most avid Social Media mavens don’t realize is the role of Social Media is directly correlated to the world of telecom. Today’s Social Media engines drive the online community with countless new services and applications (apps) like Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat. These apps would be of no use without the world of fiber pipes or cloud computing.     Read more of this post

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