Network and Story Controlled

Michael Powell NCTACEO Michael Powell of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and I believe in network and story. Powell gave the keynote at the cable show in Los Angeles yesterday. His talk focused on the meddling’s of the FCC forcing regulation onto the Internet where it doesn’t belong.

“Because the Internet is not regulated as a public utility, it grows and thrives, watered by private capital and a light regulatory touch,” says Powell.

His later remarks included content providers. “In our vocation, we knit together these two very powerful human forces: network and story,” says Powell. “It’s a spectacular combination that too many take for granted.”

Today the people through private industry control the Internet. This model has allowed people of all ages, ethnicities and economic status share information and entertainment. This is unlike the government and media conglomerate controlled television and radio industries that give little access to individuals.

This blog would not be here if I had to work through a government restricted program that supports media conglomerates. Some of my word choices, style or information might be blocked or in the least restricted. The constraints would change what information would be readily available to the public.

Current access allows individuals to produce their own radio show (podcast), television show (videos), and magazines (blogs). The new FCC ruling allows media conglomerates to change the amount of data that flows between points and the speed at which it moves.

When the Internet launched, everyone enjoyed the same speed or data rate. Eventually the speed was increased based on certain criteria. Service provides soon offered wider pipes to allow for larger amounts of data and packaged pricing for a variety of speeds. The combination allowed for uninterrupted long form videos streaming and created an entirely new marketplace.

Unfortunately, the government stepped in and decided to control it all. This was done in the name of making sure everyone was able to receive content, but what it really did was give control to media conglomerates. In other words, if you come up with competitive content, they can throttle down the access to your site to make sure fewer people can connect with you.

With there being a direct correlation between government control and politics, it won’t be long before someone decides to regulate the content as well. After all, we’ve seen a long history of it in television.

The day might come when someone suggests the Internet is now owned by the government and recommends a separation between church and state. The age-old debate about religion being on television will raise its ugly head with a new twist about the Internet.

Today you are able to read this blog at normal high speeds. Due to the new regulations that will rise over the next few years, you may not be able to get to this site without exercising a lot of patience. After all, someone will decide what new cost structure is initiated to manage the volume and speed of data, something I might not be able to afford.

However, there are many ways to network with people and share my thoughts and stories. Print is still around and more affordable than ever and ingenuity suggests I will find a way to communicate stories to my audience should regulations get out of hand.

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