The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story announcing that the FCC is about to propose new ‘Net Neutrality’ rules that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes. While we haven’t actually seen these rules yet (possibly due to internet protest to this article) they could potentially threaten internet neutrality (the idea that all internet data is equal for all). Essentially, these broad band providers (Comcast, Att, etc..) are interested in double dipping; making you pay for access and then charging companies like Netflix, Hulu or anyone else for special access to their networks. So, if I’m not a Comcast subscriber in this case, and my current ISP doesn’t have a deal with Comcast my Netflix connection could run slow.

This may seem like to no big deal (and even good if your a Comcast subscriber) but it begins the cyle of tier-ing the internet. Meaning that consumers based on their ISPs would get access to only parts of the web. And, Netflix is a huge company, so it could probably afford to pay for speedier access to Comcast subscribers, but what about a small video start up that couldn’t afford to get in the fast lane? Add to that that Comcast is merging with Time Warner and you can see even more problems (not to mention that the chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, is a long time cable executive).

Drumchattr exists because of the free and open web, and innovation depends on it moving forward. We encourage you to Take Action by staying informed. Watch the video below and hear a father of the internet discuss the importance of a free and open web (among many other things)! And, as always, leave your thoughts below the post.

The Internet empowers everyone to speak, create, learn, and share.
It is controlled by no single organization, individual, or government.
It connects the world, and we should protect it.

Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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