FCC Thinks You Should Pay for How Much Internet You Use

FCC Boss: You Should Pay for Internet By How Much You Use [POLL]. Source: mashable.com

As of May 22, 2012, 69% said “It’s price gouging”; 14% said “It’s a free market, event if I don’t like it” and 14% said “Depends on the price.”

I said:

This sounds like the best way to shut down free market and small business and lower-than-middle income consumers. The Internet is my livelihood and my entertainment. I can’t live without it and I can’t live with higher prices.

I can understand higher prices for more bandwidth limits, but a per byte charge will change my life for the worse.

I hope internet companies lobby/fight this. Like Neal Bloome says, would you pay $200 per YouTube video? How about $50 to play Mafia Wars for 1 day on Facebook? No? Well Mr. Genachowski doesn’t care, but I hope Mr. Zuckerberg cares or Mr. Kamangar cares.

Stop SOPA and the PROTECT IP Act

Here’s a copy of the letter I sent from http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/

To Bill Flores, Kay Hutchison, John Cornyn
NOTE: Each recipient will only see his/her own email address.
Subject Please stop S. 968 and the PROTECT IP Act!
Message Dear [Recipient],

I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to oppose the House version of S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted. The House version — introduced by Rep. Goodlatte — is far worse. Over the coming days you’ll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation. We hope you’ll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation.


This is to stop H.R.3261 – Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968 – PROTECT IP Act of 2011.

The Texas Senators are Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn.

The District 17 representative is Bill Flores.

I urge you to contact your congressmen and tell them these bills are bad. They are the first step toward eliminating online freedom of speech and innovation.

The World Wide Web Turns 20 Years Old

It was August 6, 1991, at a CERN facility in the Swiss Alps, when 36-year-old physicist Tim Berners-Lee published the first-ever website. It was, not surprisingly, a pretty basic one… Source: 20 Years Ago Today: The First Website Is Published – Wired.com.

Wow, 20 years of the WorldWideWeb (W3)!

First Web page circa 1992

Back in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee along with Robert Cailliau and some folks at CERN invented the World Wide Web. By 1991 they were sharing hypertext documents. By 1992 Stanford had a “web server.” In 1993 NCSA released Mosaic, a basic, but more sophisticated, browser for personal computers.

The original page changed often with updates of the project and eventually it was removed, but a copy of it was saved to the W3C website – http://www.w3.org/History/19921103-hypertext/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html circa 1992 version – as a historical document.

The first web page address was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, which centred on information regarding the WWW project. Source: Welcome to info.cern.ch.

I’ve spent almost 15 years looking at WWW and HTML. By 1995 it was easy for anyone to download web server software and have it running a website. I would say things were a lot simpler back then, but in fact “times” are the same. Times and hypertext documents were much less sophisticated back in 1995. The technology grew to match the demand.

Even today I think it’s important to recognize the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web. The Web is just one services using the Internet to transmit data. The Internet was around well before the Web.

The Web is not identical to the Internet; it is only one of the many Internet-based communication services. The relation between them may be understood by using the analogy with the global road system. On the Internet, as in the road system, three elements are essential: the physical connections (roads and cables), the common behaviour (circulation rules and Internet protocol) and the services (mail delivery and the WWW). Source: CERN – How the web works.

The Internet was “invented” or started in 1958 with the ARPA project. In 1983, it went global with the TCP/IP standard.

From military project to the masses how the Internet was born

“This year marks the 40th anniversary of the technologies that led to the creation of the Internet and revolutionized the way we work, talk and play.”

This is certainly true, and for once my timing was spot on. I wasn’t born when the Internet (capital “I”) was created. Now, I work in an industry that is a product of the Internet – the World Wide Web – which also did not exist until I was about to enter the work force.

What does it all mean? It means – judging by the size and speed at which the Internet is growing – that there should be work for me for a long time; total, global economic collapse not with standing.

With Internet and the WWW we certainly can find more information (or disinformation) today than 40 years ago. Children are smarter for it. Adults profit from it. And, a large portion of human interaction – like this blog – is a result of it.