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Our newsletters are
designed to help you have a better Internet experience and, to some extent,
to toot our horn. With this section, I’d like to shift our focus just a
little. At the time of writing this newsletter, three appointed commissioners
at the FCC approved new “Net Neutrality” rules. While the FCC hasn’t released
their rules (and likely won’t for several weeks), we do know that the new rules
will treat the Internet as a utility under the 1930’s Telecommunications
Act--with some exceptions. Netflix and Comcast are often cited as
justification for government enforced net neutrality. Netflix directly
competes with Comcast’s cable TV, but they need Comcast’s Internet to reach
customers. Some argue that without some type of regulation, Comcast could
make things difficult for Netflix either by throttling their access or by
charging more. It is interesting to note that Netflix should be a winner
under net neutrality; however, after the FCC approval, Netflix’s stock went
down while Comcast’s went up. Go figure!
How will these new rules affect Moapa Valley? Moapa Valley Telephone will
probably come out ahead under the new rules because regulation tends to
stifle competition, but I have a hard time seeing how the residents of Moapa
Valley will benefit. Let me provide an example of life under regulation. This
is an over simplified example with many nuances, but you’ll get the idea.
We’ve had many people express a desire to get Internet from us without having
a phone line. We have an FCC tariff that says X is what we must charge for
DSL with a phone line and Y is what we must charge without a phone line. It
turns out that a phone line plus DSL is cheaper than DSL without the phone
line. So we looked for a solution that would satisfy the FCC’s rules and
still allow us to offer a DSL only plan. We came up with an emergency only
phone line - one that could only make 911 calls. We planned on charging a dollar
for this; however, our phone rates are regulated by the Nevada Public
Utilities Commission (PUC) and we needed permission from them for our
“emergency line.” They told us that we’d need to go through a rate case which
costs tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars and that we still probably
wouldn’t get the ok to offer the emergency line for a dollar. This is the
world of regulation and now we are adding more. A good question to ask is who
wins under this regulation. Is it you or the companies who can afford to
lobby and who can afford to hire former FCC commissioners?
One final thought: under the new rules, the FCC is taking control over how
content is delivered over the Internet and what it costs. There are 5
presidentially/politically appointed commissioners on the FCC. Can you not
see them using Internet regulation to achieve their political goals whether
they be conservative, liberal, Republican or Democrat?
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Celebrate Women’s History Month
nwhp.org – Sponsored by the
National Women's History Project, Women's History Month celebrates women's
role in the history of our country. At this site, you can learn more about
this year's theme, "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives," find a
performer or author to speak at your event, or purchase books and other
Springtime Projects From Martha Stewart
marthastewart.com – Ready
for some springtime projects? As usual, Martha Stewart has you covered.
From egg ornaments to flower baskets to baby shower ideas, on this site
you'll find step-by-step instructions to create them all. When you find
something you like, it's easy to share with friends on Twitter, Facebook,
Pinterest, and more.
Great Deals On Gym Memberships
consumerreports.org – This
Consumer Reports article describes several practical ways to save
money on a gym membership. It includes strategies like signing up toward
the end of the month, joining with others, and negotiating a fee that
excludes services you won't use. You can also watch updates from services
like Groupon for membership offers.
Nutritious Springtime Produce
cookinglight.com – Every
season has its best produce, and this site celebrates the nutrition-packed
fruits and veggies of spring. How about some juicy strawberries for fiber and
Vitamin C? A good source of plant protein, fresh peas are at their peak
from April through July. Artichokes, rhubarb, and morel mushrooms round out
This Month's FAQ – How Can I Keep Neighbors From Using My Home Wi-Fi?
Question: I suspect my neighbors are using my Wi-Fi.
How can I prevent this?
Answer: You're right to take precautions, as higher data charges,
slow speeds, and hacking can result from unauthorized persons using your
Wi-Fi (this is known as "piggybacking"). There are many steps you
can take to prevent it from happening. Here are three of the most effective:
1. Create a password. Go into the admin dashboard for your router
and find the default password. Change it to something difficult to guess. The
best passwords are long, random combinations of letters and numbers. Don't
worry about having to remember your password — you'll only have to enter it
the first time you use a device on the network.
2. Encrypt wireless signals. This task also involves getting into your
router dashboard. Once you're there, change your security mode to WPA2, WPA,
3. Reduce your range. Place your router in the middle of your
home to restrict its range only to authorized users.
We hope you found
this newsletter to be informative. It's our way of keeping you posted on the
happenings here. If, however, you'd prefer not to receive these bulletins,
Thanks for your business!
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Overton, NV 89040
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