The Internet Is a Source of Truth

Last days prophecies confirm that the Internet is God’s Mountain that is promised to appear in the last days and draw all people to it (Micah 4:1). While most take the phenomenon for granted the facts are that it is a great miracle of our times. It did not happen by accident as many things went into the creation of it. What has occurred since has allowed the majority to grow familiar with it and for their own feelings to be part of it.

Called Mount Zion it is a break-through in truth as all things are published thereon that bypass the barrier of deceit. Material and claims can be instantly checked and the origin of human progress is unearthed.

By way of contrast normal publishers pick and choose what they publish and their prejudice and bias shows through. Authors have to have been published before and man give up attempting to get their work into the public forum. The Internet has proved to be god-send for them as they can now get their endeavours before the public eye.

The barrier that prevented many things from being known is high and strong and it was put up by the first beast of Revelation, the sun. In Babylon it was called Mary and this was the start of formal religion and the invention of prayers.

My reincarnation is proof that heaven and hell are myths and that religions have a common thread leading back to that city. It was occupied by the Amors who constructed Roma (Amor reversed). It was they who brought a new religion through Constantine and it sits over the world wherever the 5-point star or the right-angled cross is displayed.

Why Should We Ensure Net Neutrality in Cyber World?

Introduction

Till a few days ago, there has not been a single case reported on the discrimination or differential charging on the service given out to different people. Hence, the cyber space in India was reflecting the working of true democracy. On a fine day, then suddenly came the report on telecom operators like AirTel and Vodofone charging extra levy on voice calls from its networks using some of the common communication applications like WhatsApp, Skype, etc. Only these telecom operators charged for their services. All other service providers remained net neutral. What came as the surprise to the people was the way Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) formulated certain rules. These newly coined rules clearly aim to help certain telecom operators in India. If implemented in the current form, it would lead to the selective serving of contents in the cyber world.

Net Neutrality

There is an unwritten rule that people using cyber resources have followed to assure equal opportunities for all, irrespective of origin, caste or financial status. This principle states that the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Government agencies should treat all the data on the Internet equally without charging or discriminating people based on users, sites, contents, platforms, types of equipment or applications. This term was first coined by Columbia University Professor Tim Wu. He formed this principle to augment the common belief that Internet is a common carrier that binds everybody in this world.

Issue of Net Neutrality

The whole issue of net neutrality came out in the public domain when mobile operators like AirTel and Vodofone tried to charge their subscribers who started to use calling apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, etc. to contact people using their Internet network. To milk the existing customers, these telecom operators started to levy extra charges on calls made. As expected, there was a hue and cry from people who wanted to keep this medium free of such distortions. Everything seemed to have died down for a while. Again the issue started cropping up when the TRAI released a formal consultation paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services. Through this paper, the telecom ombudsman sought to get suggestions from the public. The analysts in the field tried to highlight the one-sided approach taken by the ombudsman through this consultative paper. They also highlighted the confusing statements that could in future be misinterpreted by the telecom operators to fleece the ordinary citizens in the cyber world. This would lead in the long run to the killing of creativity and the airing of independent views in the cyber world. If the power is given to the telecom operators, they can selectively offer services to people, favouring somebody who pays for them.

Widespread Condemnations

This consultative paper drew condemnation from all around the country. This time around even the politicians joined hands with hapless citizens in condemning the telecom ombudsman for bringing out with such a vague and watered down the paper on Regulatory Framework for OTT. They alleged that the TRAI is trying to help some telecom operators who have started levying additional cost on VOIP services given through their network. To channel the call data into a funnel, they even made separate data packages. This forced the netizens to speak out openly against this move in the social media network. Adding to the fire, the TRAI Chairman told the media that there was no rule in our country to dissuade the telecom operators from charging for the call through the Internet. Instead of framing the rule to assure the net neutrality, the TRAI Chairman tried to take sides with the telecom operators like AirTel and Vodofone. This is the time for all of us to come in unison to fight for our rights and freedom in the cyber world.

Maximize High Speed Internet Potential With These Tips

Most of us are dependent on our connection to the internet. Many use it for social media and news, some of us use it for work, and all of us use it entertainment. Therefore, it’s not only frustrating but can also be debilitating when previously high speed internet starts to falter. These tips will help assure efficient connections during all stages of the process, from set-up to troubleshooting.

1) Do in-depth research on company offers. There are many factors to consider when selecting the best plan, such as supported devices, users, and video streaming needs. An often overlooked concern is the size of a house. Larger houses with lots of walls or other obstructions will require a more powerful high speed internet service.

2) No matter how good the modem is a poor router can ruin everything. Invest in a good router with strong reviews in boosting ability and consistent connections to get the most out of high speed internet.

3) Sometimes the solution is so simple is seems improbable. Loose cables, collected dust, and overheating can all lead to poor connections. All technological equipment should be stored in a controlled, clean environment to keep the connection strong. A Wi-Fi booster can also help extend the range of the router.

4) Secure the network to stop nosy neighbors from hopping on the network and slowing it down. Most companies encourage private passwords when they install the high speed internet, but they can be set up after installation.

5) Clean up the browser, including history, cookies, and old tabs. None of these factors will greatly affect the speed, but the collection of information can build up and slow down the internet gradually.

6) The slowing down process is exacerbated when coupled with a virus or malware. Hopefully, a good antivirus program will make sure this is never a problem. Even then, it’s important to install updates for the antivirus program as they become available, as viruses are constantly adapting too. To be safe, full computer scans with anti-malware programs can pinpoint suspicious programs and help the user remove them.

7) Upgrade the browser and choose the option that best suits current needs. Similar to previous tips, an upgraded and streamlined browser maximizes high speed internet processing. Most computers allow for multiple browsers to be installed, so testing each one with favorite programs and websites is a practical way to go about this. No matter the browser, only use the tools and plug-ins that are necessary, and uninstall ones that are simply taking up space.

8) Shut down the computer regularly. This gives the computer a break from running and will improve the overall functionality of the computer. This downtime allows for updates to install as well.

None of these tips are very expensive or time-consuming. The main issue people face is not doing research before making a choice. Even those who don’t consider themselves technologically advanced can do research and ask professionals for their opinion. Throughout the process, be cautious and only download things that are from trusted companies.

What Is Net Neutrality and How It Can Affect Your Business

The subject of net neutrality has been the topic of many discussions on the U.S. forums and discussion boards since long now. To first understand why many businesses are so upset about the subject, you have to understand what net neutrality is.

What is net neutrality? According to an article in Business Insider, net neutrality prevents Internet providers from dictating the kinds of content users would be able to access online. Instead, Internet providers are required to treat all traffic sources equally. Why is this topic so controversial that the U.S. Court of Appeals had to weigh-in? Because Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast want to charge for use of their networks. Meaning, these providers will have the ability to pick and choose what consumers see online and to then charge content providers.

The internet speed is basically a fixed sum game. If your competition can afford to pay to drive on the fast lane, then by default your small business gets put in the slow lane. The deeper the pockets of the company, the more competition they can speed past on the way to new customers. Right now many small bloggers and start up websites are afforded the exact same opportunity to reach an audience as the big corporations. However, it is important that you understand what net neutrality is and how it can affect you. When you boil it down, net neutrality means that all data is equally accessible via the Internet. This means that regardless of whether you are a small accounting firm or one of the big name international firms, you have equal access to placing information and accessing other information via the web. You must also factor in things like advertising and marketing budgets to get the word out, but in terms of accessibility, you’re on a level playing field with the big dogs. If net neutrality goes out the window, so does that equal accessibility. Some things to consider:

Paying More For Better Access:

No net neutrality means that Internet service providers (ISPs) will be able to create tiers of accessibility, meaning they can start demanding more money for better accessibility. Smaller businesses with tiny budgets won’t be able to compete for access with the larger companies who can afford to pay the new fees. It also means that there’s nothing to stop big companies or competitors from paying ISPs to slow access to other sites, thus effectively putting them out of business.

Limited Access to Content:

ISPs will be able to limit what you have access to base on their own corporate interests. From Business Insider: “For example, Comcast would probably like to promote NBC’s content over ABC’s to its Internet subscribers. That’s because Comcast and NBC are affiliated. But net neutrality prevents Comcast from being able to discriminate, and it must display both NBC’s and ABC’s content evenly as a result. That means no slower load time for ABC, and definitely no blocking of ABC altogether.” If net neutrality is gone, there’s nothing to prevent corporate discrimination like this, meaning your window shopping for vendors may be limited to just those on Rodeo Drive. Your favorite information sources may not be as fully available to you as they are now.

Limited Access For Potential Clients:

While the previous example explained how you would be limited in what you could access (potentially increasing costs for your business as your options dwindle), it works the other way as well. Prospects will now have a harder time finding you as well. Entrepreneur likens this to when you buy cable TV: “Instead of being able to sell to anyone with an internet connection… entrepreneurs would find their customers limited to those who paid for the ‘internet package’ that covers access to their particular website. It would be like your cable TV plan: The more you pay, the more channels you receive.” In essence, your clients may only be directed to window shop Rodeo Drive and not realize there are more efficient and equally effective options like you out there.

Slower Load Times:

So let’s say ISPs don’t altogether block access to those sites that aren’t part of their approved network. That doesn’t mean they won’t try to incentivize you to visit their preferred sites. They can do this by interrupting streaming or slowing load times on websites that don’t pay a premium. The speed and reliability of a site can make or break you. Admit it, you’ve just decided to leave a page when it took more than a couple of seconds to load. That impatience is universal and could affect traffic on your website. And if you wanted to engage in video marketing and stream on your website, you might be up the creek without a paddle (slowly, very slowly drifting).

Leveraging Video Marketing:

SMBs that depend on video (such as YouTube, Netflix, etc.) as part of their marketing strategy could be impacted if net neutrality is eliminated. For instance, if your company streams videos to homes across the country, or if you want customers to view your company’s product videos, then there’s a probability you might be affected. Similarly, if SMBs can’t afford to pay ISPs to share their content, their prospective customers may be unable to view the product videos and may not be enticed to purchase their products. Moreover, the investment on producing and optimizing the videos will result in a financial loss. The FCC decision, thus, could have an impact on your SMB and how you are able to access the internet in the future.

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