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The big news of the week was the repeal of Net Neutrality by the FCC. The controversial decision which gives more power to Internet Service Providers like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T, has been met with a lot of resistance from the states and many consumer groups. This story is far from over, as many battles will be fought in the courts.
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Mark December 14, 2017 down on your calendar as the day the Internet changed. Today, the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules by a 3-2 vote, down party lines with the three Republican commissioners all voting to repeal the measure placed during the Obama Administration.
What is Net Neutrality?
Net Neutrality are the rules in place to ensure a level playing in the use of the internet. So companies like YouTube or Netflix use the same broadband, as devLatino.com or your favorite blog, for example. No one gets preferencial treatment, the content is delivered the same regardless of provider.
So what happens with the repeal?
In short, by repealing Net Neutrality, the FCC has granted power to the broadband companies to shape how we now use the internet. Internet service providers (ISPs) can potentially adjust pricing for certain types of content, like streaming videos (Netflix, Hulu, etc) or
Who are Internet Service Providers (ISPs)?
Companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon – you know, companies we’ve all love to hate.
So what is the big deal?
While we are somewhat familiar with this sort of set up with our mobile phone carriers, with tiered pricing based on our data consumption, we have not seen that with wired carries that flow the internet into your home or office. One change most experts predict is that your ISP can now charge you based on consumption, or by the type of content you consume. For example, the ISP may now charge Netflix or Amazon Prime a premium to get access to a “fast lane” of the internet so your video comes in at HD quality. If these fees are imposed to these companies that we use everyday, it’s only a matter of time until those fees go down to the consumers.
Ok, so I’m used to tiered pricing and service on my phone, so what?
Well, the ISP also has power to control the type of content you receive. For example, will Comcast limit the use of Sling TV (a streaming cable TV provider owned by Dish Network) to its customers and funnel them to use their cable services since it won’t count towards your usage or data. One worry of the repeal of Net Neutrality is that these ISP will drive consumers to use their products and services, which limits competition and options for consumers.
What are other implications?
This can also, in my opinion, widen an already large digital divide. If only high income individuals can have access to a fast and robust internet, what about a low income household. Would it cost more to stream a video course, or a podcast, which can eat up data. It’s still unclear if the ISPs will embrace a tiered access system, but if it does, this change can put an already disadvantaged group of people in a worse position with subpar internet connectivity.
Another implication is a business one, many experts agree that the repeal of Net Neutrality will hurt startups. If the internet indeed does create fast lanes and slow lanes to the internet, companies like Netflix, Amazon, Facebook certainly has the means to pay to get a better connection and faster service. But what about the next group of innovators creating the next big thing that needs a fast internet connection. They may not have the funds to pay for such access, and the next big thing may never get off the ground due to a financial handicap to pay to play for better internet access. This flies in the face of same innovation of Netflix, Amazon and Facebook who reaped the benefits of an unfettered internet. Now the power goes squarely to those who can pay for better access.
Can an ISP block content?
Absolutely, and if not completely block it, certainly slow it down and limit access. This has happened already. One example was when AT&T sought to block the use of Skype and Facetime video messaging over it’s network. But besides the obvious cases of Skype, which can use a lot data, an ISP can potentially just block content they don’t like. This has incredible first amendment implications. What if an ISP didn’t like content that was criticizing their companies? It’s possible for the ISP to restrict that content to ever get to your desktop. Or in a more realistic case, TimeWarner may charge a lot more to show Comcast channel, for example.
Overall, the repeal of Net Neutrality is a devastating blow to what we have known to be the internet. The internet has been an amazing tool that has allowed for connectivity and innovation that is unprecedented . One reason is because nobody controlled this resource. There was no owner of the internet. Companies and people competed on the same playing field. But now with this repeal, we are in new territory and the promise of a better internet is squarely in the hands of companies like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, not the people.
Duolingo is the widely popular language- learning app that most of us are familiar with. Now they are adding a Spanish Podcast to the mix to complement your learning. These podcasts are not meant to be the typical lessons where your repeat sentences and words, but rather real stories narrated in easy to understand Spanish. The podcast is hosted by Martina Castro, co-founder of NPR’s Radio Ambulante.
Can’t wait to hear the first episode!
Google has released their latest Workforce Representation Data, which shares the racial and gender breakdown for their company, something Google has been doing since 2014. Google has added a Vice President of Diversity, Danielle Brown who according to Google “will be responsible for managing our diversity and inclusion strategy, partnering with our senior executives.”
So how do the numbers look?
Google has made some progress increasing participation amongst its women tech workforce, increasing from 19% to 20% over last year. Hispanic technical employees account for 3% of the tech workforce, while Black technical employees are at 1%. Google looking to improve these numbers is working with partners like Howard University and other Historically Black Colleges.
Sponsored by Google vice president Bonita Stewart, we recently launched Howard West, a three-month engineering residency on our campus for Howard University computer science majors. Our Google in Residence initiative, which embeds Google engineers at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), is continuing into its sixth year this fall.
While much discussion has been made about the low percentage of diversity in tech communities, it appears Google is taking tech diversity serious and working on making it a priority. It’s not only right for Google but certainly for the development and growth of its products and services. We’re happy to see Google be transparent with their workforce data, and we expect to see these numbers improve.