FCC RECONSIDERS NET NEUTRALITY
Issues swirling around our government distract us from Internet concerns.
On July 12th dozens of major websites and organizations are joining in an internet-wide day of action to prevent a possible FCC wrong decision in undoing the previous ruling to insure net neutrality. Your comment to the FCC is a first step needed with this link at Demand Progress as one way to express your view.
If net neutrality protections are removed the previous rules of access will be violated to the detriment of smaller business users and ordinary people is the concern of many and one I have shared.
SlateMagazine explains this complicated issue including:
"Most would generally agree that net neutrality is about preserving the internet as an open platform where newcomers play by the same basic rules of access as giants like Google and Netflix. The internet is more than just a content channel. It's also a platform for innovation that creates new jobs, new economic demands and benefits, new opportunities for democratic participation, and new applications. The challenge here is to protect users from censorship, while also maintaining the internet as a vibrant and open platform for innovation."
Can we trust that net neutrality will be preserved if the rules insuring it are removed?
HEAT WAVE -- SO CAL CLIMATE CHANGE UP DATE
Heat temperatures are breaking records in three digit figures here in Southern California, more typical of later in the summer than now in early July.
Many residents are feeling a bit more miserable because our usual dry heat has high humidity with monsoon flow.
Heading east from Los Angeles County to Palm Springs the temperatures have been even hotter into the teens.
Firefighters are being kept busy putting out brush fires before they get out of hand threatening homes.
Power outages occurring in some of our valleys due to a variety of reasons serve as a reminder of how vulnerable we're told our power grid is putting us at risk when our power system is disrupted.
Keeping cool, I move between my air conditioned house to similarly cooled auto and grocery stores or other businesses, so don't linger long in the heat. Carrying a water bottle in my car is routine for me year 'round but especially now. We're susceptible to dehydration at any age, but I think more so as we get older.
Here are a couple of grumpy old men noting a heat wave in their environment.