This Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 will go down in history as SUPER TUESDAY…well at least to me anyway.Â Come Tuesday we will see change in our world and (cue suspenseful music) not of our world. Gasp! As I trolled the blogs and came across these two miraculous events I quickly patted myself on the back for being clever to come up with a cool post for the company blog but as I read each item, my head started to fill with worry…and maybe after your read my spiel you’ll kvetch too…
Here is one of two amazing natural and supernatural occurrences that will take place in less than 36 hours:
NET NEUTRALITY GOES UP FOR VOTE TUESDAY.
On Tuesday the FCC willÂ vote on a framework for net neutrality. After reading John Borthwick blog on Tech Crunch about the lack of basic â€œrules of the roadâ€ for what network providers and others can and canâ€™t do and how its starting to hamper innovation and growth I decided to add my 2 cents.
Apparently the FCC has circulated a draft of a set of rules about neutrality that the Commission will likely vote on this week. Though the rules are not public, FCC Chairman GenachowskiÂ outlined their substance last week through a combination ofÂ the Chairmanâ€™s talk, theÂ Waxman Proposal, and the Google/VerizonÂ proposal, one can asses the issues andÂ understand its opportunities and risks.
Here is the FCC Chairman, Genachowski at the last Web 2.0 Summit
The question with all of the neutrality talk boils down to leaving the carriers to bear the burden of the traffic, regardless of what it is. This means that they must plan for massive infrastructure, and bear that investment expense only to support someone else’s business model of shipping massive amounts of data over their pipes at (essentially) no cost. Not a sustainable model…nope..not at all.
In essence, I can see one of two things happening:
1: the carriers adopt some kind of pricing that “discriminates” which applications you can use
2: the carriers adopt some kind of pricing that “discriminates” over how much bandwidth you can use
Both achieve the same result, which is a revenue stream to offset the massive investments in infrastructure to pass the kind of data that we will all require over the internet.
Now if you still feel some kind of way…put it into action:
Write to Chairman Genachowski, Commissioner Copps, and, Commissioner Clyburn, Commisioner McDowell, and Commissioner Baker and encourage them to bro down over some beers and figure this thing out!
Now here’s the second item of SUPER TUESDAY:
456 YEARS LATER…AN ECLIPSE WILL ACCOMPANY TUESDAY’S SOLSTICE.
What does this mean? That on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 exactly 2 year before acient Mayans predict our Earth to end in a blazing glory does this event occur.
The winter solstice also played an important role in Greco-Roman rituals.
“It’s seen as a time of rebirth or renewal because, astrologically, it’s a time where the light comes back,” said Shane Hawkins, a professor of Greek and Roman studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.
For the ancient Romans, it was also a time of great feasting and debauchery.
AD 1554, the last time this combo happened was an otherwise seemingly unexceptionable year in recorded history, the darkened moon happened during a bleak year for Tudor England.
Lady Jane Grey was beheaded for treason that year, while Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Mary of Guise â€” the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots â€” became regent of Scotland.
Hmph. Fileblaze launched…significant?? Maybe…
The eclipse will start just after midnight EST on Tues., with the main event starting at around 1:30am lasting till 5:30am when the moon reappears.
I’ll be watching…