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Nathan B. Weller
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Empowering a New Era of Storytelling
Empowering a New Era of Storytelling

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FCC Proposes New Rules for Protecting the Open Internet

It's early going (and the devil will be in the details), but this is a very welcome development. I've long thought that network infrastructure should be civic infrastructure -- a commons -- upon which commercial and social systems can be built. Recent rulings by the FCC that telecoms and cable companies cannot prevent municipalities from laying down publicly owned fiber optic networks support this view (see below). After all, if cities and towns are able to provide better speeds at cheaper rates, that shows entrenched gatekeepers were already taking advantage.

Pointedly: this FCC ruling is not an anti-business policy. It is a pro-innovation and pro-society policy. Consider public roads as an example; what business does not benefit from safe public roads equally available to all? Answer: not many. In fact, the ability for distant communities to stay connected and do business with each other reliably serves an overwhelming public good.

Safe well-maintained roadways can turn social connectivity into innovation. So, too, with the Internet. Imagine how different our society would be if every road was owned and operated by private interests -- entities might not want to 'lose your business' by creating convenient routes to locations served by other providers. You can see how unnatural and inefficient that sort of transportation network would soon look.

No, I say build the network as a foundation of strong civic infrastructure, and let the myriad activities of users and businesses occur within, not astride that connectivity. The digital network is fast becoming the fabric of society itself. Isn't it time we have a say in its structure?

Official FCC Commission Document:
http://www.fcc.gov/document/chairman-wheeler-proposes-new-rules-protecting-open-internet

Recent FCC Chairman statement on local networks:
http://www.muninetworks.org/tags-173

#FCC     #OpenInternet     #EFF  

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"Just as we learned in my last post that the stories of our lives are the events we choose to highlight and contextualize, in this post we will learn how to discover and highlight alternate paths through our past–which in turn create new horizons in our future."

#stories   #storytelling   #narrative   #narrativetherapy  

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I know those feels little man. I know those feels.

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The new book shelf has given me room to expand my favorite collection of hard covers. 
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Some thoughts on the future of content creation for the web and blogging in particular.

"In today’s post I’d like to begin exploring a somewhat complex subject together. How our current state of rapid innovation in digital communications technology–both as mediums of personal expression and platforms of mass communication/distribution–should prompt a shift in our perspective on content creation for the web and connected devices in 2014 and beyond."
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