Beware Of ISPs And Ad-Hoc
Constant Flux Networks
Through Film, Reporting And Public Policy, More Internet Users Are Learning That The Information Superhighway Is A Lot Like Traditional Highways In That They Need To Be Free For Everyone And Controlled By The People
By Gentry Braswell
Modern Times Magazine
Sept. 28, 2013 — Gena Konstantinakos' first independent film takes a satirical angle at the governance and economics of the World Wide Web in the United States and shines a spotlight on some purposefully hidden facts about file-sharing.
On Sept. 9, the short film documentary The Internet Must Go debuted on-line. By Sept. 27, the film had been viewed more than 200,000 times.
Incidental to the Sept. 9 debut, oral arguments were heard at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission, Case No. 11-11-1014), involving litigation by large corporate communications firms' petitioning their interests with respect to the FCC's regulatory role regarding Internet traffic, according to Jurist, the web-based legal news service published by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law http://bit.ly/1eAIDNx.
The Internet Must Go harshly mocks apparent corporate efforts to transform open-form Web content in the United States into a sort of commercial/pay-television style of programming.
Konstantinakos said that she is not a policy expert, but the film is intended simply to raise awareness about the subject of domestic Web regulation, and to get more people involved in the conversation.
“For everybody who uses the Internet, this is something they should be paying attention to,” she said. “We take for granted that the open Internet is here to stay, but that is not necessarily the case. The term “net neutrality” really means your Internet Service Provider cannot mess around with content and loading speeds. I do not like the ISP telling me what Internet I have access to. It is similar to the water company weighing in on what I am allowed to use my water for.”
What Does It All Mean?
Should not the major ISPs be able to do their bidding in a mutually exclusive manner from the majority community of net users at large? By the very nature of such communications infrastructure, does not the Web's logistical redundancy protect against inept regulatory management or clouded corporate foresight?
The answers are no and maybe.
As currently categorized for regulation, there are considered to be four main ISP companies in the United States: ATT, Comcast, Time-Warner, and Verizon. But there are a handful that exceed 1 million customers such as Cox and Century Link. However it is worth pointing out that the term “Internet Service Provider” is a misnomer. Ontologically defined, the Internet (http://bit.ly/18nmAFw) is the de facto array or distribution of electronically, non-locally networked client interfaces on the planet at any given time. The scope of “Internet Service” at any given moment varies, and any snapshot of it is determined by the connectivity status of all on-line networking clients at a given instant.
“The Internet,” strictly speaking, cannot be “governed” in function or in nature from outside of itself, and is also not monetizable in the traditional sense. It is an ad-hoc network http://bit.ly/WSN0Jd, and it is in constant flux. Our society's extant computer networking technology has advanced to such a powerful, scalable disposition that there is no real need for external micromanagement from the top, at least not as it has been historically understood and implemented. Forensics, yes; incidental infrastructure management, yes; generalists and experts, yes; but the network itself is an unavoidable (albeit wonderful) consequence, or “symptom” if you will, of our technological status. It does not respond to “top down” management.
So, the regulators and the “major ISPs” are not even correctly defining the key parameters of their purported bailiwick (if we are to believe what we are told about the matter currently at hand in the D.C. Circuit court). And in case you have not noticed, the presence of around-the-clock data and connectivity has, within a span one or two decades, antiquated all previously extant economic standards and protocols of day-to-day business.
Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle
Logician Kurt Gödel argued, in criticism of Whitehead and Russell's Principia Mathematica that “no axiomatic system whatsoever could produce all number-theoretical truths, unless it were an inconsistent system,” cognitive science professor Douglas R. Hofstadter wrote in his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gödel, Escher, Bach – An Eternal Golden Braid (1979).
Historically, and even still today, each time the Internet “changes” by even one networked interface (which is constantly occurring), it is a unique manifestation in a series of random parameter models of electronic networking. Put together, they amount to macro-configured snapshots which are crucial stepping stones for the present and future of ever-higher levels and complexities of computation and networking, and includes critical pathways to the study and observation of solid state and even quantum logic.
In case you had not noticed, the Internet is alive and intelligent, just like the planet and the sky.
In the future, I predict that “ISP” will be historically considered to have been “any and all people and organizations who do not understand the basics of electronic networking nor collaborative communities in general,” or, “the people and organizations who tried to liquidate, for debtor's note cash, humanity's technological saving grace.” http://bit.ly/1gWsHnf
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