“There is always a door that swings open”, says Alfons Schuhbeck, Munich’s celebrity cook.
Thus far the internet and its users took full advantage of Schuhbeck’s blessing. It could oppose the inadequacies of designers, providers, users and its greatest threads, and take the backdoor to reset to its genuine, primitive html technology. Greatest threads are:
- Governments–totalitarian and democratic alike–are monitoring people’s online habits, endangering important human rights.
- Wireless Internet providers are being tempted to slow traffic to sites with which they have not made deals.
- Large social-networking sites are walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the Web.
Here’s a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world. Over the course of the past 20 years, the idea of networking all the world’s computers has gone from a research science pipe dream to a necessary condition of economic and social development, from government and university labs to kitchen tables and city streets. We are all travelers now, desperate souls searching for a signal to connect us all. It is awesome.
And we’re fucking everything up.
It is now being decided if the age of enlightenment of the 17th century gets carried on in the 21. century or prepare to fall back into devastating, ideological arguments that are founded on deceitful ideas rather than insights had.
Massive companies like AT&T and Comcast have spent the first two months of 2014 boldly announcing plans to close and control the internet through additional fees, pay-to-play schemes, and sheer brutal size — all while the legal rules designed to protect against these kinds of abuses were struck down in court for basically making too much sense.
70 percent of American households have but one or two choices for high-speed internet access: cable broadband from a cable provider or DSL from a telephone provider. And since DSL isn’t nearly as fast as cable, and the cable companies are aggressive in bundling TV and internet packages together, it’s really only one choice. And that means the level of innovation from these providers has almost completely stagnated, even as prices have gone up.
It won’t be of any comfort for my fellow citizens to learn that it is no different in Germany. As if the internet was launched this morning and was referred to as information super highway, Germany is bundling an internet department with the ministry of traffic to helps take the country into the 21. century and be the role model for Europe to follow.
It is happening right now in Germany, that of all trades, that which has been denied public trust and respect aside from the banking trade, the politician is expected to take on the speed of the 21. century with an hopelessly outdated operating system.
Germany is always late but great once the shit hits the fan. A massive opportunity is presenting itself for Germany and Europe to take on responsibility. I try to have it outlined for you by tomorrow.
So there’s the entire problem, expressed in four simple ideas being shared by all countries around the world:
- the internet is a utility
- there is zero meaningful competition to provide that utility to Americans
- all internet providers should be treated equally
- the FCC is doing a miserably ineffective job
The United States should lead the world in broadband deployment and speeds: we should have the lowest prices, the best service, and the most competition.We should have the freest speech and the loudest voices, the best debate and the soundest policy. We are home to the most innovative technology companies in the world, and we should have the broadband networks to match.
We should stop fucking it up.
That said, I believe the time is right for Germany and Europe to build a secure network of their own, respectful of privacy issues and true to the genuine idea of the web. Fully conforming to international design standards in elegance and efficiency. And I believe to know exactly how to get it going for Europe and Germany. It’s insanely easy.
Something for the EU and Angela Merkel to consider.
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