Net Neutrality and Society: Who controls the keys?

Topic: Net Neutrality and Society: Who controls the keys?
Segment: D Report
Participants: Tony K. Yang PhD, economic Historian and host of podcast I’ll Look into it
Broadcast Air Date: 12/08/17 KUCR 88.3 FM.
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
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Discussion points:
– What is economic history?
– Is the interment being regulated or deregulated?
– How did the internet become such a vital component of capitalism?
– How did the internet move from being a niche accessed medium to a ubiquitous item in our daily lives?
– Is the internet a disruptive technology?
– Is net neutrality an issue relevant to the first amendment, freedom of speech?
– Is the internet simply the social network site and the video stream location?
– Wasn’t the internet unregulated prior to 2015?
– What is the difference in classifying the Internet Service Providers as “common carriers” instead of “information services?”
– Is net neutrality a subject that addresses the digital divide?
– How has the internet altered our physical lives?
– Have we as a society agreed that the big telecommunication companies will be the gatekeepers of the internet?
– Are ISP’s delivering a product themselves or are ISP’s delivering a type of transportation to a product?
– What if ISP’s decide where you should go to read, listen, watch or buy?
– What’s the big deal about losing net neutrality, if I’m still going to get my information from Fakebook and GlueTube?
– How will you describe the internet you first encountered to your grandchildren?
– Who actually owns the internet?
– Do most people think the internet is like radio stations and or cable channels?
– Can you and I put our own fiber optic cables and have or own servers?
Is the internet a public good, a public utility like the gas and electric company?
– Is there public option to the corporate internet service providers?
– If the internet is so important, why aren’t people really fighting to protect an open and neutral internet?
– When do you think Amazon is going to become its own ISP?
– What kind of human being are you when one corporation dresses you, informs you, entertains you and makes choices for you?
– Do you control all the keys if you control Internet access?

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