Internet Push Content vs. Premium Pricing for Pull Content Speeds

 

It wasn’t that long ago that the Internet was abuzz regarding ‘net neutrality’ and seemingly everyone had some sort of position on the matter… or, more accurately, seemingly took a position by ‘sharing’ stories or photos that appealed to some sort of principle of freedom or inequality underlying the prospect that some data traffic may be given priority over others.  Now the FCC is set to allow Internet providers to give certain traffic priority over the masses of people posting photos of their lunch or videos on Youtube.  If you’ve the money to pay, then the equivalent of a carpool lane will be available for firms interested in ensuring the speed and priority of their data flow.  However, the question remains whether this will actually stratify the Internet experience even further than the ever widening divide that is termed, as Thomas Piketty, Robert Reich, and Paul Krugman term it, theNew Gilded Ageencompassing nearly every other aspect of the United States?

The basis for enabling Internet providers to charge for privileged speeds of content flow is based upon a court decision that struck down ‘open Internet’ rules with the justification that, “the court said that because the Internet is not considered a utility under federal law, it was not subject to that sort of regulation.”   Read More

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For Your Data Arsenal…

Good critical analysis requires BOTH the rational and the empirical.  Regardless of individual politics on the underlying issues of the status of workers in the United States, and comparatively to the rest of the world, this collection of charts and data is a very useful compilation to stock your data arsenal for future discussions.  Also comes complete with links to the primary source material.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/06/speedup-americans-working-harder-charts

There is NO skills gap…

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As evidence accumulates that many of the policy decisions of the past that benefited particular business interests are shown to be false or harmful, a resilient farce is the idea that workers lack the skills needed by industry and thus we must look to other countries to supply the needed talent.  If this argument could hold water, then the skilled would enjoy full employment and the unskilled would suffer from high rates of unemployment.  Here we have a partial truth at work… the educated enjoy a lower rate of unemployment than those of lesser education yet there is still significant numbers of educated people that remain unemployed, not to mention under-employed.  While the unemployment rate for the less educated is double that of those that have a bachelor’s degree or higher, recent petitions to increase H-1B visas limits implies that the supply of workers is insufficient to meet the demand of industry.  However, a story by Martin Kaste from NPR notes that the H-1B visas are granted not to cutting edge tech giants… but to consultancies aimed at temp workers and project consultancies.  The result of review H-1B visas by sector is that hiring is NOT to fill permanent skill needs, but to replace higher priced American workers through temporary assignments.

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