FCC Passes Strongest Net Neutrality Rules In America’s History

us-congress-logo2The open internet finally got the protection it deserves from profit-hungry cable companies. The FCC just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules in this country’s history, punctuating a years-long battle for this future of the internet. However, the war’s not yet over.

The new rules largely resemble the open internet rules that Obama laid out three months ago. They forbid paid prioritization—the practice that enables cable companies to create internet “fast lanes”—as well as throttling. The new rules do not allow internet service providers to block websites and give the FCC authority to intervene when big cable companies don’t act in the public interest.

In a nutshell, this plan lets the FCC regulate the internet as a public utility, much like telephones. The plan does not give the government the power to set the price of internet service.

This is all fantastic news, and it’s news we’ve been waiting years to hear. However, the next battle for the future of the internet will happen in America’s courtrooms and possibly in Congress as well. Several cable companies have already expressed intentions to sue the FCC over the rules, and those cases could drag out for years. These court cases are particularly dangerous. In 2011, a Verizon lawsuit led to a judge overruling the FCC’s old net neutrality rules.

But for now, these are the rules that internet experts agree are the best way to preserve net neutrality. This is the outcome that America deserves.

[ article by Adam Clark Estes ]

Happy Birthday : Johnny Cash : RIP

26th Feb, 1932, Born on this day, Johnny Cash, US country singer, songwriter who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is remembered as a country icon, his songs spanned other genres including rock and roll and rockabilly and blues, folk, and gospel.

This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably ‘Hurt’ by Nine Inch Nails. Cash died of respiratory failure on September 12th 2003, aged 71. Favorite Johnny Cash song? Let us know in the comments below.

[ copy courtesy of This Day in Music]

The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records

Paramount Records14gift-oloizia-blog480[1] was an American record label, best known for its recordings of African-American jazz and blues in the 1920s and early 1930s, including such artists as Ma Rainey and Blind Lemon Jefferson.

John Fahey’s Revenant Records and Jack White’s Third Man Records began a comprehensive re-release of Paramount Records’ catalog in two volumes called “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)” and “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32).”

The two sets contain the music, remastered, on several vinyl records containing key tracks. All tracks (800 recordings in each of Volumes 1 and 2) are included on a USB flash drive for digital listening. Each volume of the collection features 800 songs (volume two, was released on December 4, 2014), 200 restored original ads and images in volume one and 90 ads in volume 2, two books – one a history of Paramount, the other a field guide to the artists and recordings – and six 180-gram vinyl LPs, all of which come in a hand-crafted oak case modeled after those that carried phonographs in the 1920s.

We heard this segment on NPR and just had to share it with the BangWave community!

[ audio feature written and voiced by Meredith Ochs ]