Monday, September 02, 2019

EFF has a full citizen's lobbying guide for network neutrality advocacy this fall

I’ll pass along a “Net Neutrality Defense Guide” from Electronic Frontier Foundation, a pdf embedded in the web page, here

There are various reports that Congress will take up the issue quickly this fall after reconvening.
There have been reports that in a few cases emergency response has been compromisd by telecom companies.

But restoring Obama-era network neutrality won’t fix all the other problems, like FOSTA and the radicalization issues. 

FFTF is, as usual, seeking donations (here) for the latest surge. 

Sunday, August 04, 2019

5G will be relatively safe for your health, experts say

As 5G approaches, I thought it would be time to look at the controversy over purported 5G health risks.

CNBC, in a video by Second Thought, 2 months ago, says, don’t worry.

The report indicates that WHO and CDC give 5G (with download speeds about 60 times 4G for movies) a 2b rating, which indicates very low risk.

Microwave radiation has to be orders of magnitude stronger to represent a cancer risk. Sun is a much bigger risk.

It’s interesting that even EMP pulse doesn’t harm human tissue, just electronics and transformers.
China is ahead of us on 5G, way ahead, so Huawei still provides controversy (which ThioJoe has made fun of already), and we’ll come back to it (there is a “national emergency” keeping us from using them).
The other question might be, with loss of net neutrality, could carriers play games with 5G, and not allow “ordinary” websites to be accessed with it?

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Major broadcast networks sue non-profit trying to provide Internet TV that gets around loss of service during contract disputes

Jon Brodkin reports that the major broadcast networks are suing Locast, trying to force it out of business, in an Arstechnica story.  The non-profit was rebroadcasting without paying license fees (which can become controversial legally under current copyright law).

The service is potentially valuable to consumers who lose access to major broadcast channels from their cable channels because of internal contract disputes;  otherwise users would need rabbit ear antennas, the old fashioned way (or an apartment building master antenna, which used to be common).

Monday, July 22, 2019

"Fight for the Future" takes on a new cause: stopping facial recognition software

Lately, “Fight for the Future” has taken on other issues, like misuse of facial recognition and maybe aging projection software, as in this article.

It’s rather interesting to see an organization request donations and then tell you what you should fight for.

Curiously, the House mentioned network neutrality again in hearings last week on tech monopolies (Bill Boushka blog, July 20).

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Burger King sets up a crude experiment to demonstrate net neutrality

While we wait for more developments on network neutrality repeal undo, Shafi Musaddique has an allegorical article in the UK Independent, where Burger King set up an experiment for fun, link
You could get your Whopper with cheese faster if you paid more than customers who waited in line.

It sort of sounds like auctioning off a cook’s time.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Senate said to be willing to look at House bill on net neutrality, with reservations

Ron Placone and Mark Stanley (Demand Progress) and Fight For the Future report that the Senate is showing signs of being willing to take up some form of restoration of net neutrality.  There is some activity going on in the Capitol today.

The best link is a livestream here.  I hope there will be a YouTube video to add later (hope it doesn’t get demonetized).

Electronic Frontier Foundation encourages contacting the Senate, here

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Trump definitely violates "neutrality" by asking his base to boycott ATT over subsidiary CNN's "fake news" and bias against conservatives

Trump is calling for his “base” consumers to boycott ATT, which owns CNN, in order to reign in on CNN for its “fake news” as Trump calls it.  Here is CNBC’s story

Law experts are discussing the tactic, here, as to its novelty, which sounds like Erdogan. 

Here is Trump’s tweet

And it certainly would not be “neutral”.

I have Verizon but would not have time to change providers for “solidarity”.
In the meantime, FTFF accuses the Democrats with caving in on legislation.  We’ll come back to this later.