None

By Chuck Palm


CEO and Web Broadcaster for IPN

Tampa, FL (IPNetcast.com) - There has been a lot of discussion and debate about the proposed Net Neutrality bill, and enough confusion around the whole issue, to bring into doubt what was the point of it all to begin with.  Simply put, Net Neutrality was proposed as a way of “leveling” the playing field, for Internet providers specifically, and what they can charge for access to the net, as well as what they can charge large bandwidth users for how much of that limited space they can use.

The argument for Net Neutrality seems simple enough, the proposed law (on the surface) would make anyone who provides an on-ramp to the internet, treat all web content equally, and prevent them from restricting access to certain sites or web apps, or give others the ability to pay for “premium” access.  Sounds fair, right?

So, let’s say, why would I, the owner of a company that actually broadcasts large amounts content over the web, be against a law that would force companies who sell me access to the Internet to not be able to “throttle” my access, or, in any way, restrict my usage of the speeds and throughput that I want?  This seems contradictory, since it appears (again, on the surface) that this bill would prevent monopolies, and make access to the *World Wide Web (*pay close attention the word “World” here) the same for everyone.

Why on EARTH would I want my access provider to be able to charge me more, if I use more?  One word comes first, COMPETITION.  How can an access company compete if they charge big bandwidth hogs like me the same they charge my grandmother for email?  Legislating completion, as a way of preventing a monopoly, only succeeds in creating one…FOR the Government.  Do you think that if Congress tried to legislate our cellular service, and restrict it to carriers that only offered 1 option to get cellular phone service from 1 company, that it would make cell reception BETTER?  “Can you hear me now?”  Nope.

Second is INNOVATION.  What would be the incentive for any large company to find ways of making your internet experience better?  Remember when the phone companies were all Ma Bell? (Pre 1980’s breakup)  Long distance, especially overseas, was horrible, expensive, and hollow sounding.  Now, since de-regulation and open free market forces and competitive services, long distance charges are virtually gone.

Thirdly is REGULATION.  If you want to kill something slowly, regulate it.  First question I have for the FCC or any agency that feels they have the right to regulate the Internet is, “Who owns the Internet?”  Why does the FCC or Congress feel they have the exclusive right to regulate access to the “*Wolrd Wide Web” (there’s the word again!) tax it, or otherwise restrict any activities on it?  The concept of “International Waters” comes to mind, even if a majority of the maintenance of the Web is done by American companies, there is no good method of proving that Americans should bear the burden of regulation, taxation, and policing the Web.

Finally, the biggest concern anyone should have about a Net Neutrality bill, or, a FCC takeover of regulatory control (see Title II, Telecommunications Regulation) is SERVICE.  When did a Government takeover ever make any service better, more competitive, or cheaper?  Let alone more FAIR!  Internet time is measured in milliseconds, and if you cause a user to wait 3 more seconds to view a website, they will abandon it in huge numbers.  Government never makes any service faster, simple fact.  Even the Healthcare bill that passed this year has already begun to spin out of control financially, and cause LESS competition, higher rates, and more confusion as to who will pay for it, and it will not even go into effect for 3 more years.  If you want to see the true motivation at the heart of this debate, look at who are for it; Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Ebay, and other HUGE bandwidth hogs.  On the opposition, you have Comcast, Time Warner, and other large ISP’s who claim it will kill their ability to profit from their investment in large infrastructure upgrades and have a right to charge what the market will bear.  How evilly capitalistic of them!

The fact remains, if you make Grandma pay what I pay for access to the Internet, and you regulate every Internet Café into non-existence with rules and taxes, you not only make it patently UNFAIR for Grandma, but you are granting more rights to large companies to take advantage of tax breaks.  Perhaps that’s why a majority of the Democrats who originally supported the Net Neutrality bill find themselves out of a job since the last election, and leaving any hope for a legal bill passage to be dashed, forcing a “nuclear” option by the FCC to “declare” the Internet under their jurisdiction?  Where is the due process?  Where do you think Freedom of Speech will run to now that the Internet will be under the watchful eye of Big Brother?

Chuck Palm is a Internet Entrepreneur and Network Engineer with 20 years of experience working online and publishing content.  He has worked for the likes of IBM, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and services Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike.  Currently, he is CEO of the Internet Podcasting Network (IPN), and is Executive Producer for several shows, podcasts, blogs, and all types of related content networks.  Mr. Palm can be reached at IPNetcast.com and ChuckPalm.com.

Sources:

- Telecom Deregulation Act 


- CNN Money Article


- Pros and Cons of Net Neutrality


- The Net Neutrality Debate


- Internet Innovation Alliance: Internet Regulation Debate - What top telecom analysts and the media have to say about regulating the Internet under Title II


- Excellent article from a wait-time point of view for businesses online..

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

Watch the video below for more details:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

Watch the video below for more details:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

Watch the video clip below for more:


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.