Letter for Thursday, December 14, 2017
Protect net neutrality
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Honolulu’s airport is named after a Japanese war veteran, Daniel K. Inouye. This group of ethnicity was in the 23.0% category of Hawai’i’s total population. Caucasians were the front runner at 23.4%. So who really controls the policies in Hawai’i?
Voters have the final say. The government control of wealth or growth is limited to already set policies within the state administration and budgets.
There are two sides to the Net Neutrality discuss and some of the statement made in the article are not totally accurate. As users of broadband most consumers select a package that provides a certain guaranteed bandwidth of service and based on that they pay a given rate. There are certain services and applications that consume major portions of the current bandwidth such as “streaming” to get NETFLICKS etc. Under net neutrality the owners of the highways are not allowed to charge these providers of services additional charges. There are two points here:
1. If they don’t charge the service provider like NETFLICKS then they will charge you the user a higher rate.
2. By charging these providers they also spur technological development to enable them to provide their service using lower bandwidth.
The article calls this charging discrimination but Webster diction defines discrimination as: to unfairly treat a person or group differently from other people or groups. You make up your own mind as the bottom line issue is do you favor greater government control or do you want government involved in more of your daily life?