Virgin launches a new dongle :: PROMISE OF SPEED :: AND A SILLY HEADLINE

Of course anyone who knows me knows why I have broken my silence after all this time to post this piece. I enjoy the word “dongle”.

Virgin claims that the new speed, twice that of its previously released 3.6Mpbs dongle, will give its users improvements in their email checking, streaming media and Internet browsing experiences.

Graeme Oxby, executive director of mobile at Virgin Media, said, “We’re thrilled to be offering this faster mobile broadband to our users. If you’re not at home or near a wireless connection, mobile broadband is the best way of staying connected on the move and we’re delighted to be making this a speedier, more pleasant experience for our customers.”

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THE FCC PROPOSES TWO NEW PRINCIPLES :: NON-DISCRIMINATION AND TRANSPARENCY :: THAT WOULD MAKE IT SIX FREEDOMS??

Read the prepared Remarks of Chairman Julius Genachowski, The Brookings Institution, Washington DC – from today September 21, 2009, here are the highlights:

Some will seek to invoke innovation and investment as reasons not to adopt open Internet rules. But history’s lesson is clear: Ensuring a robust and open Internet is the best thing we can do to promote investment and innovation. And while there are some who see every policy decision as either pro-business or pro-consumer, I reject that approach; it’s not the right way to see technology’s role in America.

At the end of the stream or download is an individual, one who will make a choice to access a piece of content –  if you don’t approve of the program don’t watch it. Change the channel. You have kids, get involved with their lives, teach them right and until you trust them use parental controls, that is what they are for.

The fifth principle is one of non-discrimination — stating that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications.

The sixth principle is a transparency principle — stating that providers of broadband Internet access must be transparent about their network management practices.

Do not allow Mobile Carriers, TelCo’s or Cable Operators to filter what you can have access to or what kind of access you are allowed to have.  Where do you stand on the issues, we live in historic times… be a part of the solution!

In closing, we are here because 40 years ago, a bunch of researchers in a lab changed the way computers interact and, as a result, changed the world. We are here because those Internet pioneers had unique insights about the power of open networks to transform lives for the better, and they did something about it. Our work now is to preserve the brilliance of what they contributed to our country and the world. It’s to make sure that, in the 21st century, the garage, the basement, and the dorm room remain places where innovators can not only dream but bring their dreams to life. And no one should be neutral about that.

THE FCC PROPOSES TWO NEW PRINCIPLES :: NON-DISCRIMINATION AND TRANSPARENCY :: THAT WOULD MAKE IT SIX FREEDOMS!!