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I stand by my view that what the FCC did is a good thing or perhaps the 'least shitty' short-term option

I explain my thoughts in detail here:

+Craig Shipp and I agree on a lot about this. We favor letting municipalities build out networks if those communities want to, we want more competition, we want very fast broadband for EVERY person and business in the country, we feel it is a crucial roadblock to future growth. We want options. We do NOT want new taxes, fees or regulatory filing requirements. We do NOT want taxes on the Internet. We do not want ISPs to have to contribute to the Universal Service Fund.

+Ken Luberts  Where +Craig Shipp and I differ is whether in the short term it is a good idea to allow the FCC to do the following now:

• Stop states from preventing municipalities from offering fiber, broadband or partnering with companies who want to do that
• Force de facto monopoly ISPs to not throttle certain legal services who don't pay them extortion money
• Force de facto monopoly ISPs to not favor partners over non-partners in their access speed to consumers
• Force de facto monopoly ISPs to not block or hinder legal services that may present a current or future threat to services the de facto monopoly ISPs currently offer or plan to offer

I am for empowering the FCC to have the power to do those things to react to the abuse the de facto monopoly ISPs have inflicted on users. +Craig Shipp fears that is opening up a can of worms (and has a lot of history to back up that fear.)

The status quo is bad. This is an option and there are risks but I favor doing something versus doing nothing.

(Also this guy's premise that landlines are dead while the Internet is flourishing because of Title II is absurd.)

Again, I go into greater detail in my radio segment from today here:
Continuing on the discussion on last night's +Google Plus Week TV Show​ discussion on net neutrality. Here's a video from +ReasonTV​ that sums up the problem with the current proposal. +Dan McDermott​ and +Craig Shipp​ were not in agreement as to the benefit of the FCC voting in favor 3-2 on this proposal. Craig's view on this is spot, IMO, on so I'd be curious to see/hear your reaction Dan.

I think the internet has already made the case for free and open markets having a better track record than a closed, regulated sector that promotes large or small localized monopolies. The growth and innovation that we've seen in the internet cannot be matched with any other regulated market.

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BIG GOVERNMENT and the Internet don't mix. 
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Leonard Nimoy: March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing the emotionless, pointy-eared Spock on the "Star Trek" television series, died on Friday. He was 83...
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Oh, the Half-Humanity.....
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FCC votes 3 to 2 to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service

The new policy (which will immediately head to the courts) bans paid 'fast lanes,' throttling and blocking and forces broadband providers, including for the first time mobile carriers, to treat all legal traffic equally. The order does not impose any new taxes or fees, as some opponents had claimed. Providers must not act to thwart future innovative services that threaten legacy incumbent services.
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I think what they're cooking up for net neutrality is going to be a mixed bag of unintended consequences in the long run.

Something that is stated but is not clear is not being able to ban or throttle "lawful" content. The problem that I have is who will be the arbiter of lawful content? How many content providers could be at risk of having their content blocked because somebody thinks its not lawful?

Another thing that comes to mind is that we are asking the same government that created the problem in the first place to be the be all, end all and "fix" it. Short of a lack of competition, I'm not so sure there's anything to fix. The government created local monopolies like cable and power companies years back and I don't think the current version of this proposal does anything to help competition in the ISP space. The last thing we want is for our internet access to be treated like a utility. This will stifle competition and just increase costs for the consumer. We will get stuck paying a USF just like on our phone bills and I don't think that's going to be good for anybody. 
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"This is no more a plan to take over the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to take over speech" - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
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feels like something straight out of the 1970s

"Some women would prefer having smaller babies" -- Joseph Cullman, Philip Morris CEO, 1971
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I discussed the FCC Net Neutrality ruling and the passing of my favorite Star Trek actor this morning on The Weekend Show with Kenny Shelton

This is every Saturday morning at 11:00 am EST on

(Yes I made a mistake and incorrectly placed Tuvok on DS9 when he was obviously on Voyager, for which I was promptly called out by the network morning show host who was listening! ;-)
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I listened to this and  you did a great job and thanks for explaining so  I understood about the FCC    
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Statement by the President on the Passing of Leonard Nimoy
Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy.  Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time.  And of course, Leonard was Spock.  Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.
I loved Spock.
In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person.  It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.”  And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that.  Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today. 
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FCC votes 3 to 2 to to preempt NC and TN laws banning expansion of municipal broadband
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Means they cannot ban municipal broadband at the state level, if I read that correctly.
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Live Video: FCC debates/votes on TN/NC Municipal Broadband bans, Net Neutrality protections
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  • Google Plus Week & Newspaper Publisher
    Host, 2011 - present
  • McDermott Report
    Host, 2011 - 2012
  • Warren County Report Newspaper
    Publisher, 2006 - 2012
  • Frederick County Report Newspaper
    Publisher, 2009 - 2012
  • The Lynchburg Times
    Publisher, 2010 - 2012
  • U.S. Embassy London, England
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  • The Washington Star
    Paper boy, 1980 - 1981
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
    Teacher then Dir. of Communications, 1990 - 1999
  • Deltek Systems
    Programmer, 1993 - 1994
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I'm the host of the web TV show Google Plus Week and the publisher of three newspapers in Virginia: Warren County Report, Frederick County Report and The Lynchburg Times. They have a combined readership of about 70,000.

I also host daily News & Technology shows on Google+ and YouTube Live

If you are looking for information on my studio setup click here.

I am a former teacher and director at Randolph-Macon Academy where I oversaw the school's installation of internet connectivity in every dormitory room and classroom on campus in the mid 90s. We were the first school in the nation to do so. I also founded the school's low-cost internet service R-MA OnLine.

In 1993 I left R-MA for a year to work as a database programmer and write a computer game that sold over 110,000 copies.

I am a former radio talk show host who still fills in from time to time for the noon hour on WFTR and WZRV in Front Royal.

I am the son of a U.S. foreign service officer and was born in Okinawa, Japan. I have lived in more than 20 countries, mainly in Europe, Asia and Africa.

I am a classic example of a creative person with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a curse I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy and the greatest gift I have ever received.
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I had a cameo as "the evil print reporter" in Real Housewives of Washington, D.C. I have lived all over the world from poverty-stricken countries in between civil wars to the fanciest neighborhood on Abbey Rd. in London. I prefer something in between.
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