Paul Krugman, most prominent big govt economist in the world, thought (in 1998) the Internet would only be as important to the economy as the fax machine (PIC)

Planners always think they know how things are going to go. And the planners are always wrong. But don’t tell them that because then they’ll get busy planning things to prove to you that “this time” they’ve got it right.

And then they fail again.

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The recent Senate Internet privacy vote is more complicated than you think

Wired generally is not in favor of the rollback of the yet to be implemented regulations, (These regs still allowed Google and Facebook to sell your information. Just not Internet service providers like Comcast.) but they give a good sense of the nuance.

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How a group of neighbors created their own Internet service

More of us need to think like this. Question what is assumed. Consider whether doing it ourselves we can do a better job. This applies to Internet service, food, entertainment, energy, all sorts of things. Notice that this network was built because Orcas Island was probably an area Century Link didn’t really want to service anyway. If it was prime territory any attempt to DIY the Internet would likely have been fought by local regulators, but service likely would have been better too.

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Chicago to Apply 9% ‘Netflix Tax’

Again, I ask. Why does anyone live in these cities? The governments are corrupt. They are violent. They are crowded. They are dirty. They are running out of money. They are dysfunctional. They are expensive. And yet people stay.

There are highways. You can leave. I don’t have much sympathy if you stick around and let the local government just abuse you.

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The Trans Pacific Partnership, A massive, secret, crony agreement you are supposed to know nothing about (Video)

We’ve covered the TPP negotiations a few times. From Hollywood – which is seeking to expand draconian copyright around the world, to Pharma, to the big industrial companies, everyone is in on this thing, except apparently the public.

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Goodlatte Predicts $11 Billion In New Taxes, Fees From Net’s New Rules (It’s really about Net CONTROL)

I’ll bet that when all is said and done “Net neutrality” will result in a lot more than $11 billion in new taxes. The directive from the FCC constitutes a federal “virtual land grab.”  Too much goes on in the free and open Internet for the government’s liking. The Feds want a piece of it and to ultimately control it. Control the Internet and the information traveling on it and one can institute things like the anti-free speech “Fairness Doctrine.”  

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Guess what, Netflix doesn’t like “Net neutrality” after all

Well thanks Netflix. We’re stuck with this new regulatory regime thanks in large part to you. It sure would have been helpful if you had made your real feelings known (or had thought things through sufficiently) before the bureaucrats descended on our beloved Net. Sure would have been nice if you, the creators of House of Cards with its loyal, politically engaged fan base said something before the virtual land grab. Would have been nice. But it’s too late now.

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At the very least we should be able to see the new ‘Net neutrality’ rules

Public comments on proposed Net neutrality rules, from last summer.
Source:NPR.org

We should be able to see the rules before things start happening officially. I think we’ve all had enough of the “we’ll find out what’s in it when it goes into effect” bit. If there is nothing of concern in the rules then the FCC and the administration need not worry. The public generally is pro “net neutrality” (though most, including many people making decisions in Washington,

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