March 12 marks the 25th anniversary of the date when Tim Berners-Lee introduced "the concept of a ?distributed hypertext system,? which could link files in an ever-expanding network... The World Wide Web was born.?
As New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio had often complained that Verizon?s FiOS broadband service was underbuilt and overpriced. Now he's mayor and he's still saying it.
In pursuing new rules to sustain an Open Internet,it appears that that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has found a middle ground which is finding support among consumers, labor, ISPs, and policymakers.
The $45 billion Comcast purchase of Time Warner cable ? a combination of the largest and second-largest cable/Internet/phone companies ? sparked strong reaction from many quarters.
According to the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission, ?An overwhelming 83% of voters support a proposal to put high-speed Internet access in all American public schools within the next 5 years.
To interpret the FCC's IP Transition plans, read Benton Foundation?s ?What Comes Next in the IP Transition: Voluntary, Service-Based Experiments.?
President Obama told students at a middle school, ?The average American school has about the same Internet bandwidth as the average American home, but it serves 200 times as many people."
An American Library Association official said, ?ConnectED must include professional development and support for school librarians... to ensure students have the digital literacy and research skills necessary to effectively use those devices.?
Local officials, members of CWA Local 1108 and 500 residents filled a town meeting in Brookhaven, Long Island to tell Verizon to build out FiOS.
FCC commissioners urged a focus on ?enduring values? that must be preserved ? and even improved ? during the IP Transition, including: public safety communications; access to affordable communications; competition in the marketplace; and consumer protection.