Page 2 – News Debris For The Week of December 11th
Net Neutrality is Dead – Not So Fast
The most obvious way to deal with the impending loss of Net Neutrality is to paint a picture of permanent doom and gloom. But, in many ways, the battle isn’t over. In addition, this decision by the FCC could, in fact, lead to unforeseen events that will work in the consumer’s favor.
What’s driving the whole kerfuffle is the notion by most Americans that a fair and equal internet, properly regulated like a public utility, is best for all. The notion that the major carriers and ISPs, who are not universally loved, will get to abuse the American public even more is a very strong motivational factor.
This notion drives how people think about their services, their choices and the state of their bank account. It drives their feelings when they enter the voting booth. It drives the thinking of States’ Attorneys General. It also drives the thinking of the carriers and ISPs who, despite posible business opportunities, might be loathe to be singled out as the most hated of them all.
And then, there’s the enormous financial muscle and influence of those companies who have the most to lose in an unbalanced internet. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have the technical and financial resources to think about ways to counter extortion and preferential service that upsets the modern day, proven effective operation of the internet. These are smart, resourceful companies. And there may be other efforts as well.
Here’s a good article that summarizes much of this thinking. “After FCC Abandons Net Neutrality, States Take Up The Fight.”
If representatives in Congress don’t pass legislation to ensure Net Neutrality for the long term, overriding the FCC’s politics, they could find themselves in trouble at the 2018 mid-terms. See: “Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials.”
This fight is not over.
• If you loved the TV series Battlestar Galactica, you’ll be happy to know that Apple has enlisted Ronald D. Moore to develop a new space drama series.
Created and written by Moore, along with Fargo co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, the untitled series explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended.
I’ve often said that there are plenty of opportunities for Apple to develop great entertainment that’s not just a repeat of frequently gruesome, violent and depressing TV. This project appears to be something that’ll be fun and something Apple can be proud of.
• Why would Apple buy Shazam? As this Macworld article points out, “It’s not just about identifying songs.” I like the thinking that author Simon presents here.
• With Apple, things are always changing. The old has to make way for the new, even if it seems many customers are comfortable and dependent on the old. Could Apple’s iTunes Music Store be one of those as Apple tries to emphasize Apple Music? At iMore, Serenity Caldwell doesn’t think so. “Apple’s Music Store isn’t going anywhere — but the iTunes branding might.” Even so, it’s food for thought. What would you do if streaming were the only option and you couldn’t buy music from Apple anymore?
• Jean-Louis Gassée writes the Monday Note. It’s always thoughtful. In this edition, author Gassée provides his “iPhone X Third Impressions”
By incorporating visual recognition into the iPhone X, Apple took a substantial risk. Could they succeed with a technology that has stymied Microsoft and Samsung? After four weeks with an iPhone X, I’m led to some (mostly favorable) conclusions…and some questions about the direction of other Apple products.
• Finally, when Apple came out with the Lightning connector, some were dubious. Another proprietary connector? Critics wailed: “But we already have a standard! MicroUSB!” These days, we’ve come to appreciate Apple’s wisdom. And how things have changed. “My new year’s resolution: no more MicroUSB.”
Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article of the week (preamble on page one) followed on page two by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holiday weeks.