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Net Neutrality: Is the Internet a Public Utility? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Net Neutrality: Is the Internet a Public Utility? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

The views discussed in this episode do not necessarily reflect the views of PBS or its member stations. All thoughts and opinions presented are the province of Mike Rugnetta.

Is the internet a public utility? No. Should it be? That’s an interesting question. The Internet, as we’ve said many a time, is a glorious series of tubes, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) sell us access to those tubes. But the FCC is considering a new Two Tiered system, in which some companies could pay ISPs for faster delivery. This topic (aka Net Neutrality) has made us think about the important role the internet plays in our lives. Is internet access so important that it should be classified as a public utility or common carrier, like water & electricity, or public buses and subways? Watch the episode and find out!

Opposing views on Net Neutrality:
http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/101462-net-neutrality-a-bad-bad-idea-isp-ceo.html
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/02/net-neutrality-rules-still-a-threat-to-internet-freedom
http://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/durable-internet-preserving-network-neutrality-without-regulation

Further Reading:

http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now

http://www.columbia.edu/dlc/wp/citi/citinoam11.html

Title II is the key to net neutrality—so what is it?

http://www.akamai.com/dl/akamai/akamai-soti-q413.pdf?WT.mc_id=soti_Q413

http://www.fcc.gov/document/protecting-and-promoting-open-internet-nprm

Is Broadband Internet Access a Public Utility?

http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2014/06/regulating-internet-access-public-utility-litan

The 6 worst net neutrality violations in history

http://blog.netflix.com/2014/03/internet-tolls-and-case-for-strong-net.html

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/22/5741748/google-fiber-netflix-isp-free-paid-peering

https://www.aclu.org/net-neutrality

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2014/04/the-end-of-net-neutrality.html?mobify=0

Assets:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/151gjzoz9uq7Kl2JgQ3HbtG27T0RBLjOJFnCbbQI-gzI/edit

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Title II is the key to net neutrality—so what is it?


https://www.publicknowledge.org/issues/detail/net-neutrality

Filmcrit Hulk
http://filmcrithulk.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/hulk-essay-your-ass-tangible-details-and-the-nature-of-criticism/

VIDCON
http://vidcon.com/industry-panels
http://vidcon.com/community-panels

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COMMENTS

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HAuV_qP6Vke_pAZdSl0SOPCzPcvg1HCuR1xtUlnUEd4/edit?usp=sharing

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TWEET OF THE WEEK

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“Little Birthday Acid” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
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“Anti Vanishing Spray” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
“Tarty Prash” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
“Carry on Carillon” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
“Uptown Tennis Club” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
“Squarehead” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
“Dream Of Autumn” by Night Shift Master
https://soundcloud.com/dj-darkmatter-frequency/08-dream-of-autumn-night-shift-master
“Insert Toy For Coin” by Eatme (http://eatme.pro/music/)
“Dizor” by Outsider
https://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/4402/outsider
“Lets go back to the rock” by Outsider
https://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/4402/outsider
“Something like this” by Outsider
https://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/4402/outsider

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