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Richard asks…

Internet Revolution???????

On the topic of Internet Revolution or Digital Revolution, is it possible if you can give me some internet sources? (links that talks about internet revolution through bbc, fox, mbc, ect)

I can find articles that explain WHAT internet revolution IS, but i can’t really find articles that talk about their opinions on internet revolution, like pros or cons. Thanks!

barry0912 answers:

Try a search like this using Google News:

“internet revolution” opinion

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&q=internet+revolution+opinion&oq=internet+revolution+opinion&gs_l=news-cc.3..43j43i53.2755.6543.0.6825.27.10.0.17.1.0.147.1021.6j4.10.0…0.0…1ac.1.oYyXw4Gy97I#hl=en&sugexp=cpsugrccggmnoe&gs_rn=14&gs_ri=psy-ab&tok=_0bl2-O6mUsd9mEWNXQnCg&ds=n&pq=internet%20revolution%20opinion&cp=30&gs_id=40&xhr=t&q=%22internet+revolution%22+opinion&es_nrs=true&pf=p&gl=us&tbm=nws&sclient=psy-ab&oq=%22internet+revolution%22+opinion+&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.46865395,d.cGE&fp=55b25e68d9baa2dd&biw=1366&bih=643

Your other best option would be to use your local public or college library databases (such as National Newspaper Core [Proquest], EBSCO Newspapers, Opposing Viewpoints, etc.)

It may help your search of the open Web or of the databases if you can use additional related keywords in your search. Words that might signify the *kind* of opinions you’re looking to find.
Globalization
free markets
online generation
freedom
outsourcing
specific country names
censorship
the list can be extended as far as your vocabulary and time to search allows

For more ideas and/or sources open a chat with a librarian near you.
Examples:
http://www.askus247.org/
http://www.icpl.org/ask/
http://www.csub.edu/library/gethelp.shtml

Donald asks…

Who owns CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal etc…?

and most other major purveyors of news that we digest here in the USA?

I am speaking of the actual people, the majority stock holders, the ones who have the power to shape an agenda or political leaning of a particular news source.

When you look at who the owners are, would you then say that the most such news organizations lean most towards being liberal or conservative….and what does this tell you about the news that we get?

barry0912 answers:

GENERAL ELECTRIC –(donated 1.1 million to GW Bush for his 2000 election campaign)

Television Holdings:
* NBC: includes 13 stations, 28% of US households.
* NBC Network News: The Today Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, NBC News at Sunrise.
* CNBC business television; MSNBC 24-hour cable and Internet news service (co-owned by NBC and Microsoft); Court TV (co-owned with Time Warner), Bravo (50%), A&E (25%), History Channel (25%).
The “MS” in MSNBC
means microsoft
The same Microsoft that donated 2.4 million to get GW bush elected.

Other Holdings:
* GE Consumer Electronics.
* GE Power Systems: produces turbines for nuclear reactors and power plants.
* GE Plastics: produces military hardware and nuclear power equipment.
* GE Transportation Systems: runs diesel and electric trains.
==================================================

WESTINGHOUSE / CBS INC.
Westinghouse Electric Company, part of the Nuclear Utilities Business Group of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL)
whos #1 on the Board of Directors? None other than:
Frank Carlucci (of the Carlyle Group)

Television Holdings:
* CBS: includes 14 stations and over 200 affiliates in the US.
* CBS Network News: 60 minutes, 48 hours, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Morning News, Up to the Minute.
* Country Music Television, The Nashville Network, 2 regional sports networks.
* Group W Satellite Communications.
Other Holdings:
* Westinghouse Electric Company: provides services to the nuclear power industry.
* Westinghouse Government Environmental Services Company: disposes of nuclear and hazardous wastes. Also operates 4 government-owned nuclear power plants in the US.
* Energy Systems: provides nuclear power plant design and maintenance.
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VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.
Television Holdings:
* Paramount Television, Spelling Television, MTV, VH-1, Showtime, The Movie Channel, UPN (joint owner), Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Sundance Channel (joint owner), Flix.
* 20 major market US stations.
Media Holdings:
* Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Video, Blockbuster Video, Famous Players Theatres, Paramount Parks.
* Simon & Schuster Publishing.
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DISNEY / ABC / CAP (donated 640 thousand to GW’s 2000 campaign)
Television Holdings:
* ABC: includes 10 stations, 24% of US households.
* ABC Network News: Prime Time Live, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America.
* ESPN, Lifetime Television (50%), as well as minority holdings in A&E, History Channel and E!
* Disney Channel/Disney Television, Touchtone Television.
Media Holdings:
* Miramax, Touchtone Pictures.
* Magazines: Jane, Los Angeles Magazine, W, Discover.
* 3 music labels, 11 major local newspapers.
* Hyperion book publishers.
* Infoseek Internet search engine (43%).
Other Holdings:
* Sid R. Bass (major shares) crude oil and gas.
* All Disney Theme Parks, Walt Disney Cruise Lines.
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TIME-WARNER TBS – AOL (donated 1.6 million to GW’s 2000 campaign)
America Online (AOL) acquired Time Warner–the largest merger in corporate history.
Television Holdings:
* CNN, HBO, Cinemax, TBS Superstation, Turner Network Television, Turner Classic Movies, Warner Brothers Television, Cartoon Network, Sega Channel, TNT, Comedy Central (50%), E! (49%), Court TV (50%).
* Largest owner of cable systems in the US with an estimated 13 million subscribers.
Media Holdings:
* HBO Independent Productions, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema, Castle Rock, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera.
* Music: Atlantic, Elektra, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, EMI, WEA, Sub Pop (distribution) = the world’s largest music company.
* 33 magazines including Time, Sports Illustrated, People, In Style, Fortune, Book of the Month Club, Entertainment Weekly, Life, DC Comics (50%), and MAD Magazine.
Other Holdings:
* Sports: The Atlanta Braves, The Atlanta Hawks, World Championship Wrestling.
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NEWS CORPORATION LTD. / FOX NETWORKS (Rupert Murdoch) (donations see bottom note)
Television Holdings:
* Fox Television: includes 22 stations, 50% of US households.
* Fox International: extensive worldwide cable and satellite networks include British Sky Broadcasting (40%); VOX, Germany (49.9%); Canal Fox, Latin America; FOXTEL, Australia (50%); STAR TV, Asia; IskyB, India; Bahasa Programming Ltd., Indonesia (50%); and News Broadcasting, Japan (80%).
* The Golf Channel (33%).
MEDIA HOLDINGS:
* Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight.
* 132 newspapers (113 in Australia alone) including the New York Post, the London Times and The Australian.
* 25 magazines including TV Guide and The Weekly Standard.
* HarperCollins books.
OTHER HOLDINGS:
* Sports: LA Dodgers, LA Kings, LA Lakers, National Rugby League.
* Ansett Australia airlines, Ansett New Zealand airlines.
* Rupert Murdoch: Board of Directors, Philip Morris (USA).

*(Phillip Morris donated 2.9 million to George W Bush in 2000

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Sandy asks…

Different internet service?

I have AT&T DSL internet service. I live in a household of three. Two with laptops, and me with my desktop and PS3. I am sick of this internet service!!! Every time even one person starts surfing the web, my computer starts running so slow!!! The internet starts going in and out of service at the most random times. And I usually have to wait until late night in the AM when everyone else is sleeping just to get a HALF decent connection. Whenever I want to play my PS3 I can’t because of the others are on their devices and it causes so much lag to the point where I eventually get signed out of the network and I can’t even connect back to the servers. I would LOVE to switch back to Comcast (even though the customer support sucks! it would definitely be worth it over my current service provider) but I live in an apartment building that is under contract with DirectTV (which also sucks) so there is no other possible way to get Comcast because we would need to have a cable connection by Comcast even if we didn’t want cable tv itself. So pretty much we can only get Comcast unless we move, which is out of the question! So are there any other internet service providers that do not need a cable connection that are faster and more reliable than AT&T??? Or can anyone please tell me what I can do to make my internet connection faster on my PS3 at least? Thanks in advance guys!
Also, my desktop and PS3 are on wired connections. And the two laptops are obviously wireless. See the problem here? lol

barry0912 answers:

DSL is usually the cheapest broadband option, albeit the slowest.

DSL – DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is a form of broadband Internet that is transmitted over standard twisted pair copper telephone lines. DSL speeds range from 256 Kbps to 6 Mbps depending on distance from the telephone company and plan that you purchase. Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Subscriber_Line

Standard DSL is rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

Google and Time Warner even have 1 Gbps fiber being installed, that’s a whopping 1000 Mbps. Http://isp1.us/blog/time-warner-brings-1-gbps-fiber-links-to-new-york/

As far as wireless service go, There are some fast 4 G wireless services available. However you’ll not want wireless for your application for two reasons.

1.) Fair Usage Limits.

Most Internet providers impose limits on the amount of data you can download before they charge you overage fees or throttle your Internet speed to a crawl.

“Unlimited Internet” is a term often used to market Internet services.

Very seldom does it actually mean unlimited. What the providers do is add what is known as a “Fair Usage Policy” you’ll find it in the small print of the contracts. The effect is that you are either throttled to a crawl or charged extra for monthly bandwidth that exceeds the providers predetermined limit.

The worst are the cellular mobile broadband providers with under 5 GB per month, Satellite Internet is a close second with some providers throttling after 200 MB per day. Most cable and DSL providers allow 100-250 GB per month.

That being said, currently cable providers have the most liberal limits. However if you consistently download in excess of 250 GB per month you risk being canceled. Read this post for more info. Http://isp1.us/blog/comcast-usage-caps-ruining-families/

At&t DSL caps at 150 GB per month and I believe Comcast is 250 GB

2.) Latency (Ping Time)

Online gaming lag is usually caused by two things, latency and upload speed.

You can check these on a speed testing site. Http://speedtest.net

Latency is the delay (ping time) in milliseconds that it takes the signal to travel to the server and back. The lower the number the better, but you’ll definitely want a ping time of under 150 ms or you’ll have major problems.

Upload speed also plays a factor in updating your player position data to the gaming server. Slow upload speeds can cause your online game to lag. The faster the better, but at least 0.5 Mbps would be my minimum recommendation.

Another factor that comes into play is if you are using a wired (Ethernet) or wireless connection to your PC or gaming console.

Unfortunately any network without cables will have latency issues. This includes wireless mobile broadband and satellite systems, but also can be caused by wireless router connections.

By nature, interference in wireless systems causes problems with smooth, consistent speeds.

A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can’t.

You’ll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 50 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

Good Luck…

Linda asks…

what does internet marketing mean ?

i would like to know what internet marketing means and all that it involves. thanks for your insightful response

barry0912 answers:

Internet marketing is such a complex thing. It maximizes the internet for marketing of online and offline business.

Basically, Internet marketing is also known as web marketing, online marketing, or eMarketing. It all about marketing of products or services over the Internet.

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Maria asks…

What documents should I ask to an internet company, in order to get a confirm their activities are legal?

Whats documents or probe, should an internet company must have in order to certificate that the company is operation within the law?

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barry0912 answers:

Your Answer:
Everything and anything that falls under the Freedom of Information Act !! You don’t go to a dance without music, do you ? I would want to know everything possible !! Did you know your Internet service provider sells your information to marketing companies ? I.e. Time-Warner !!
You have no privacy today, might as well find out where you stand ? Bucket Trucks, are also used by the police agency’s at night, for surveillance on second story buildings, also !! Privacy ? You have none !! Read all in fine print !! Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, always !!

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George asks…

How to make a marketing company and how does it work?

I always wanted to make my own marketing company (when I finish school) but I don’t know how to start.. How does it work? What will I have to do? Which platform will I operate? Whats the stuff I need to know?
Please help (Some more infos will be awesome)

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barry0912 answers:

There’s all kinds of marketing out there, a college degree in advertising and marketing would help in getting corporate clients. A reputation and good people skills may be needed to convince people to hire you, starting as an unpaid or underpaid intern may be a start.
If you want to join the millions? Trying freelance internet affiliate marketing you can get a few tutorial courses to get you started many new internet marketers hang out at warriorforum.com.

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Lizzie asks…

Do you know who owns everything you read and watch on television?

GENERAL ELECTRIC —

Television Holdings:
* NBC: includes 13 stations, 28% of US households.
* NBC Network News: The Today Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, NBC News at Sunrise.
* CNBC business television; MSNBC 24-hour cable and Internet news service (co-owned by NBC and Microsoft); Court TV (co-owned with Time Warner), Bravo (50%), A&E (25%), History Channel (25%).
The “MS” in MSNBC
means microsoft
The same Microsoft that donated 2.4 million to get GW bush elected.

Other Holdings:
* GE Consumer Electronics.
* GE Power Systems: produces turbines for nuclear reactors and power plants.
* GE Plastics: produces military hardware and nuclear power equipment.
* GE Transportation Systems: runs diesel and electric trains.
==================================================

WESTINGHOUSE / CBS INC.

Westinghouse Electric Company, part of the Nuclear Utilities Business Group of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL)
whos #1 on the Board of Directors? None other than:
Frank Carlucci (of the Carlyle Group)

Television Holdings:
* CBS: includes 14 stations and over 200 affiliates in the US.
* CBS Network News: 60 minutes, 48 hours, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Morning News, Up to the Minute.
* Country Music Television, The Nashville Network, 2 regional sports networks.
* Group W Satellite Communications.
Other Holdings:
* Westinghouse Electric Company: provides services to the nuclear power industry.
* Westinghouse Government Environmental Services Company: disposes of nuclear and hazardous wastes. Also operates 4 government-owned nuclear power plants in the US.
* Energy Systems: provides nuclear power plant design and maintenance.
================================================================

VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.

Television Holdings:
* Paramount Television, Spelling Television, MTV, VH-1, Showtime, The Movie Channel, UPN (joint owner), Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Sundance Channel (joint owner), Flix.
* 20 major market US stations.
Media Holdings:
* Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Video, Blockbuster Video, Famous Players Theatres, Paramount Parks.
* Simon & Schuster Publishing.
=============================================

DISNEY / ABC / CAP

Television Holdings:
* ABC: includes 10 stations, 24% of US households.
* ABC Network News: Prime Time Live, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America.
* ESPN, Lifetime Television (50%), as well as minority holdings in A&E, History Channel and E!
* Disney Channel/Disney Television, Touchtone Television.
Media Holdings:
* Miramax, Touchtone Pictures.
* Magazines: Jane, Los Angeles Magazine, W, Discover.
* 3 music labels, 11 major local newspapers.
* Hyperion book publishers.
* Infoseek Internet search engine (43%).
Other Holdings:
* Sid R. Bass (major shares) crude oil and gas.
* All Disney Theme Parks, Walt Disney Cruise Lines.
======================================================

TIME-WARNER TBS – AOL

America Online (AOL) acquired Time Warner–the largest merger in corporate history.
Television Holdings:
* CNN, HBO, Cinemax, TBS Superstation, Turner Network Television, Turner Classic Movies, Warner Brothers Television, Cartoon Network, Sega Channel, TNT, Comedy Central (50%), E! (49%), Court TV (50%).
* Largest owner of cable systems in the US with an estimated 13 million subscribers.
Media Holdings:
* HBO Independent Productions, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema, Castle Rock, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera.
* Music: Atlantic, Elektra, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, EMI, WEA, Sub Pop (distribution) = the world’s largest music company.
* 33 magazines including Time, Sports Illustrated, People, In Style, Fortune, Book of the Month Club, Entertainment Weekly, Life, DC Comics (50%), and MAD Magazine.
Other Holdings:
* Sports: The Atlanta Braves, The Atlanta Hawks, World Championship Wrestling.
=======================================================

NEWS CORPORATION LTD. / FOX NETWORKS (Rupert Murdoch)

Television Holdings:
* Fox Television: includes 22 stations, 50% of US households.
* Fox International: extensive worldwide cable and satellite networks include British Sky Broadcasting (40%); VOX, Germany (49.9%); Canal Fox, Latin America; FOXTEL, Australia (50%); STAR TV, Asia; IskyB, India; Bahasa Programming Ltd., Indonesia (50%); and News Broadcasting, Japan (80%).
* The Golf Channel (33%).
MEDIA HOLDINGS:
* Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight.
* 132 newspapers (113 in Australia alone) including the New York Post, the London Times and The Australian.
* 25 magazines including TV Guide and The Weekly Standard.
* HarperCollins books.
OTHER HOLDINGS:
* Sports: LA Dodgers, LA Kings, LA Lakers, National Rugby League.
* Ansett Australia airlines, Ansett New Zealand airlines.
* Rupert Murdoch: Board of Directors, Philip Morris (USA).

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Lisa asks…

Think about the conversation between the systems development team and the people from Marathon Vitamin shop?

1.INTRODUCTION MARATHON VITAMIN SHOPS

Marathon Vitamin Shops was successful in getting its Web site up and running. The Web developers put the company’s entire catalog online and included a choice of skins so that each type of customers would enjoy using the Web site.

The analysts are meeting with owner Bill Berry and some employees to evaluate customers’ feedback as well as give their own reactions to the new Web site. They are meeting in a large conference room, where they have a computer with Internet access and a projector. As they sit down at the table, the entry screen for the Web site is projected at the front of the room. “The Website has attracted lots of attention, but we want to give the customers even more so that they keep coming back,” says Bill, gesturing to the screen.

He continues. “It’s not like we’re closing our retail stores or any thing. In fact, it’s just the opposite. When customers notice we’re on the Web, they’re eager to locate the store in their community. They want to be able to walk into store and talk to a trained expert rather than buying everything over the Internet. We need to tell people how to get there.”

“We think we can improve the site by adding special enhancements and features, ‘says AI Falfa, a member of the systems team, who originally developed and implemented the ecommerce Web site.

“Yes,” says Ginger Rute one of the other members of the systems development team, as she nods in agreement.” Blockbuster and Borders use a mapping facility from MapQuest, and Home Depot uses maps from Microsoft Vicinity, which also produces MapBlast!”

Vita Minn, another member of the original systems development team, speaks up enthusiastically, saying, “We know of a couple good message board service and chat rooms we can build into our Web site. We think they can improve the stickiness of the site, making people stay on the site longer and also making them want to return.”

“That’s a great idea, “says Jin Singh, one of the technologically savvy Marathon employees. “We can let customers talk with one another; tell each other about a product they liked, and so on. We could even let them start their own blogs.”

Vita continues by moving to the computer keyboard and saying, “Let me show you the sites at www.planetgov.com and www.worldviewer.com.” As she types in the first URL, the group sees the site projected. “They use chat systems from ichat and Multicity.com, respectively,” she continues.

“Customers also need to search for more information about a product or manufacturer,” AI adds. “Let’s make it easier for them. Let’s look at www.Cincinnati.com for an example. They use Atomz to search for information. “

After listening intently, Bill speaks up. “Medical information could also be useful” he says. “I’ve notice that www.medpool.com has medical news from NewsEdge. I’ve seen people on the treadmills at my health and fitness centre watching the financial channels while they exercise.”

“While we’re at it, why don’t we add news and financial information to the web site?” Ginger asks. “I notice that www.nmmm.com has market news from a company called Moreover.com.”

Think about the conversation between the systems development team and the people from Marathon Vitamin shops. Some of the enhancement suggestions involve taking advantage of free service; others required payments ranging from $1000 to $5000 annually. Although some were good ideas, others may not be practical or feasible. Perhaps some of the ideas just do not make sense for the company.

For each of the following, review what you know about the mission and business activities of Marathon Vitamin Shops. Then make a critical and analytical recommendation regarding each option the analyst and client have made and defend it:
Mashups using Google Maps
Chat rooms and message boards
Blogs
Search engines
Medical information
News feeds and financial markets information.

Subsequently choose any 4 suitable options based on your critical analysis and recommendation and develop the sites to value add Marathon Vitamin Shops.

2.Think about the conversation between the systems development team and the people from Marathon Vitamin shops. Some of the enhancement suggestions involve taking advantage of free service; others required payments ranging from $1000 to $5000 annually. Although some were good ideas, others may not be practical or feasible. Perhaps some of the ideas just do not make sense for the company.

3.For each of the following, review what you know about the mission and business activities of Marathon Vitamin Shops. Then make a critical and analytical recommendation regarding each option the analyst and client have made and defend it:
Mashups using Google Maps
Chat rooms and message boards
Blogs
Search engines
Medical information
News feeds and financial markets information.

barry0912 answers:

The mission statements must be equal in sum to the coefficient ratios by means of the status quo.

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Robert asks…

Best way to learn stock market?

I’m looking to learn about the stock market. So far I have been suggested the 4 Jim Cramer books, and “The Millionaire Next Door” . And to watch Mad Money.

I am looking for any other publications, whether it be in books, internet sources, magazines, news papers or television.

Also looking for personal opinions and/or experiences on Online Stock Brokerages (i.e etrade, scotttrade etc.)

Thank You

barry0912 answers:

Check out peter lynches books, read the wikipedia section on finance. Check out investopedia.com. Subscription to the wall street journal is a good idea. Start a play money account online as you will probably lose money at the beginning so dont risk real money at first.

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Paul asks…

Net Neutrality and News: Long term solutions?

These are the two issues in brief

-Should internet providers be allowed to give some content priority over others
-Do newscasters have an obligation to be honest, objective, and impartial

This is why both are controversial

-On one hand, ISPs should be allowed to decide how they want to do business. On the other hand, there are privacy issues, and some of the things we use the internet for would become useless. For example, a lot of businesses use something called “secure shell tunnels”. These things would be given low bandwidth priority, and anything that would require a high speed internet connection and a secure channel would stop working. Giving some content priority over other content means your ISP, or a machine owned by your ISP, would have to look at where the content was coming from. There is also a sharp divide over how free people feel the internet should be.

-On one hand, a News organization has a first amendment right which should be protected. It also would put an undue amount of pressure on the people reporting the news if they could be fined for making mistakes and getting things wrong. On the other hand, the quality of news reporting itself has been suffering, and people have fewer and fewer options when they try to be more informed about their world.

I think a great way to solve these problems is standards organizations. Basically, they certify how free, private, and anonymous an ISP is, and how accurate and objective a news station is. This gives companies an incentive to do things the right way, gives consumers more of a choice and a more competitive market, and keeps the law from infringing on people’s civil liberties. A standards organization could agree to let themselves be inspected by the government, which would solve the “who watches the watchmen” problem.

What do you guys think about Net Neutrality and fair reporting in the News?

barry0912 answers:

If the government sets up the standards organization, it doesn’t solve your first amendment problems. A private organization, like FINRA for stock brokers would be plausible. They could allow their trademarked seal to be used or not used and be totally transparent about how they make those decisions. Organizations seeking a branding of fairness would attempt to comply with the standards of that organization.

Those types of organizations are VERY hard to begin because their only asset is their reputation. A new organization has no reputation. It would have to be set up by an existing entity that emanates trust, such as Pulitzer.

But that doesn’t really have anything to do with net neutrality.

In my opinion, both issues come down to competition law (called antitrust law here in the US due to an historical accident). Biased news sources are nothing new. Dominant news sources are. That began with television, which initially required licenses from the FCC to broadcast, since there is a limited range of broadcastable bandwidth, and such licenses came with requirements of news coverage and public service announcements, among other standards. With the advent of cable, followed shortly by cable news, and the relaxation of Federal standards over ownership of multiple news sources within the same jurisdiction, and conglomeration.

Today, NewsCorp, GE, Disney, and Time Warner own pretty much all of television news with Viacomm owning much of entertainment television. Further, there are negotiations between GE and Comcast which could put ownership of NBC and MSNBC into the hands of a the largest cable company in America. An increasing number of local broadcast stations are owned and opperated by these same national networks, especially in the major media markets, and when they aren’t, they are subject to certain standards of these companies. At the same time, the newspaper industry is dying, being killed by the internet and what newspapers are left are suffering the same fate as broadcast news, with NewsCorp owning 2 of the 4 major papers in New York and 2 of the 6 broadcast station, as well as several cable channels including Fox News that aren’t subject to FCC regulation.

By enforcing and taking seriously the rules that prevent a single entity from owning multiple sources of news available in the same jurisdiction, you ensure multiple voices, which is by far the best way to ensure good information.

Enter net neutrality, which is an important tool in this fight. Notice the brief mention above of the Comcast GE deal. Imagine, if you will, Comcast improving the speed of access to MSNBC’s site, allowing their online video in HD to work better. Plus, content providers and content distributors fight all the time, so such a deal would give Comcast an incentive to underpay Newscorp, Viacomm, Disney, and other minor content providers because a stall in negotiation would help their subsidiary, NBC. Plus, without net neutrality, minor content providers would have no leverage to ensure that people can access HD content with fast service. Remember, in most areas, high speed internet providers are virtual local monopolies. They have no need to acquiesce to public concerns. There is no competitor to go to if people don’t like their provider. That is not an incentive structure you want to set up.

Personally, I think ISPs should be treated as virtual utilities, since the barriers to entry into the market are so high that they almost always end up with locol monopolies in all but the biggest markets. Take New York for example, in Manhattan, Time Warner is the major ISP with RCN as a minor competitor and Verizon steadily breaking in to the market. In the other 4 boroughs, Cablevision has a monopoly with no other cable companies available, Verizon’s fiber optic service still unavailable in most neighborhoods, and many apartment buildings with deals that prevent satellite dishes and many houses with no line of site to allow them anyway (besides, satellite is unsatisfactory for upload speeds, since that has to be done via phone line anyway). If those companies have the authority to abuse that power, they will. Already, they routinely do.

And that’s why I’m for Net Neutrality.

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