#netneutrality For real?

Forgive my skepticism.  I’ve read this press release several times from the FCC.  What’s the problem?

Media Contact:
Mark Wigfield, (202) 418-0253
mark.wigfield@fcc.gov
For Immediate Release
FCC ACTS TO RESTORE INTERNET FREEDOM
Reverses Title II Framework, Increases Transparency to Protect Consumers,
Spur Investment, Innovation, and Competition

WASHINGTON, December 14, 2017 The Federal Communications Commission today voted to restore the longstanding, bipartisan light-touch regulatory framework that has fostered rapid Internet growth, openness, and freedom for nearly 20 years. Following detailed legal and economic analysis, as well as extensive examination of comments
from consumers and stakeholders, the Commission reversed the FCCís 2015 heavy-handed utility-style regulation of broadband Internet access service, which imposed substantial costs on the entire Internet ecosystem. In place of that heavy-handed framework, the FCC is returning to the traditional light-touch framework that was in place until 2015. Moreover, the FCC today also adopted robust transparency requirements that will empower consumers as well as facilitate effective government oversight of broadband providersí conduct. In particular, the FCCís action today has restored the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission to act when broadband providers
engage in anticompetitive, unfair, or deceptive acts or practices.
The framework adopted by the Commission today will protect consumers at far less cost to investment than the prior rigid and wide-ranging utility rules. And restoring a favorable climate for network investment is key to closing the digital divide, spurring competition and innovation that benefits consumers. The Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order adopted by the Commission takes the following steps to achieve these goals:
Declaratory Ruling
– Restores the classification of broadband Internet access service as an ìinformation serviceî under Title I of the Communications Actóthe classification affirmed by the Supreme Court in the 2005 Brand X case.
– Reinstates the classification of mobile broadband Internet access service as a private mobile service.
– Finds that the regulatory uncertainty created by utility-style Title II regulation has reduced Internet service provider (ISP) investment in networks, as well as hampered innovation, particularly among small ISPs serving rural consumers.
– Finds that public policy, in addition to legal analysis, supports the information service classification, because it is more likely to encourage broadband investment and innovation, thereby furthering the goal of closing the digital divide and benefitting the entire Internet ecosystem.
– Restores broadband consumer protection authority to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), enabling it to apply its extensive expertise to provide uniform online protections against unfair, deceptive, and anticompetitive practices.
Report and Order
– Requires that ISPs disclose information about their practices to consumers, entrepreneurs, and the Commission, including any blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, or affiliated prioritization.
– Finds that transparency, combined with market forces as well as antitrust and consumer protection laws, achieve benefits comparable to those of the 2015 ìbright lineî rules at lower cost.
– Eliminates the vague and expansive Internet Conduct Standard, under which the FCC could micromanage innovative business models.
Order
– Finds that the public interest is not served by adding to the already-voluminous record in this proceeding additional materials, including confidential materials submitted in other proceedings.
The item takes effect upon approval by the Office of Management and Budget of the new transparency rule that requires the collection of additional information from industry.
Action by the Commission December 14, 2017 by Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and
Order (FCC 17-166). Chairman Pai, Commissioners OíRielly and Carr approving.
Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel dissenting. Chairman Pai, Commissioners Clyburn,
OíRielly, Carr and Rosenworcel issuing separate statements.
WC Docket No. 17-108
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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order
constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).

How Does Blockchain Work?

Blockchain could be the most important innovation since the Internet. We are reeling from the Equifax leak. There is a huge trust problem on the Internet. Blockchain solves these problems, however it will take time for each industry vertical to gain the full benefit.

These two videos provide a great crash course in understanding Blockchain and some real world use cases.

 

Introducing Gigable Music!

IMG_9184Friends, I’m very excited to announce that my company has launched a mobile app that will help you easily discover great songs and bands!

There’s more music being created now than any other time in history and who has the time to search through Spotify? The Gigable Music app will bring the cream of the crop to the surface. Pick a playlist, press play. If the song hits you, there’s a ticket button to go see the band live. The “local playlist” uses gps to determine where you are and automagically builds a playlist based on bands touring near you. Simple and potent. No fluff and no ads! It’s like radio 2.0.

The launch was set for July 1 and we hit the target! The app itself has been months in the making. The concept is something I’ve been experimenting with for years.

There’s several very cool shows we are producing this summer to introduce some of the music we are finding. You can see the schedule on Gigable.net (or in the app after 7/1!)

Anyone who loads the app gets $20 toward a concert, so give it a spin!

 

Solving Problems Using “Internal” Resources

The paradox for finding the right solution (for any problem) these days is that our instinct is to seek outside resources.  With all the innovation, tools, apps, shortcuts, etc. available to us we look for a quick fix externally, rather than an internal remedy.

The quintessential example is the story about writing in zero gravity. Supposedly, the U.S. spent millions on a pen that would write in space. The Russians used a pencil.

Another example I like to use is The Beatles.  They recorded some of the most timeless music in history with very little technology.  In fact, they trained themselves to “problem solve” using internal methods – getting more creative with existing tools, rather than looking for external shortcuts.

The result of forcing yourself to problem solve “internally” is that you improve common sense, sharpen your creativity (and save lots of money).

The time will come when you’ve exhausted internal resources and common sense and you will need to go externally to get the next level. By maintaining this practice, you will easily spot the problems that really do need external solutions.

May The Fourth Be With You

I woke up thinking about how all water in the ocean is being held down by gravity and how it’s a true miracle we just don’t go shooting off the planet into space.

Life is good.  I appreciate everything and everyone around me.  The more positive I become, the more positive situations occur. The more gratitude and generosity I show, the more goodness comes back to me.

We all know this to be true, but yet act selfishly way too often.

The human condition is quite ironic at times.

The #1 Rule For A Profitable Business

Of the handful of millionaires that I have met as a result of business success, they all had one thing in common… Their business model was extremely “simple.”

By simple, I mean it wasn’t overly complex with lots of variations or product choices. They found maximum value (need) in the market and delivered a high quality solution.

Not only was their product elegant, their operation was efficient and organized. It’s certainly not sexy, but they printed money.

Not to say rocket science can’t be profitable, but most business owners aren’t Elon Musk.

The #1 Rule for a profitable business

Behind the scenes: Gigable Showcase at Woodstock Opera House

We had an amazing night hosting our first show in the Americana series. All three bands knocked it out of the park and the crowd showed lots of love.

The production staff at Woodstock Opera House are top notch and we look forward to working with them on many more shows.

Here’s some behind the scenes footage of sound check and the view from backstage: