If a picture is worth a thousand words, than what are pictures, and pictures of words compiled into a video worth? The value proposition astounds. And value is what we have in this short post that will point you to something worth your attention, and that of anyone else who should be concerned about the ongoing debate over Net Neutrality now nearing a crucial next step this week at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
If someone told you that they could explain the entire Net Neutraility debate in a video that’s just over 11 minutes long, you’d probably think they were crazy. In the case of Vi Hart, that would be crazy like a fox. That’s what you get in this explainer video to end all explainer videos below.
We’ve been chronicling the debate over the future of the Internet and Net Neutrality as it heats up on its way to a vote at the Federal Communications Commission this Thursday, May 15. You can read our posts here, here, here, here, and here. We’ve even published How To Contact the FCC Before the Vote on May 15th.
But Vi Hart has done an amazing job of summing up the history, the stakes, the players, and the concerns in an informative and entertaining fashion that beats anything we’ve written on the subject. And anybody else for that matter. Enough of our words. We’ll let Ms. Hart do the talking. Watch Net Neutrality in the US. Now What?
You can check out Vi Hart’s website here, which includes a transcript of the script for the video. Nicely done. Spread it around.
UPDATE: According to the Wall St. Journal FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, under immense public scrutiny over his proposed rules changes scheduled to be voted on Thursday, May 15, now may be revising the proposed rules changes. The Journal points out that the language may not be enough to satisfy those who feel the FCC is in the pockets of the Internet Service Providers as it still may allow a “fast lane,” for priority access as long as service is not slowed or blocked to other customers.
The new language by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to be circulated as early as Monday is an attempt to address criticism of his proposal unveiled last month that would ban broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites but allow them to strike deals in which content companies could pay them for faster delivery of Web content to customers.
According to an FCC official:
There is a wide feeling on the eighth floor that this is a debacle and I think people would like to see a change of course. We may not agree on the course, but we agree the road we’re on is to disaster.
More as we have it as “the debacle” continues.