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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

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Dashing Through The Snow
The power of nature and machines come together for an exciting display in this remarkable video. You might want to put on your ski goggles for this one!

 

Learn A Bunch Of Brady Secrets
Apparently even sunny Marcia Brady gets a little cranky when she's hungry. Watch fascinating footage of the making of the 2015 Snickers Super Bowl ad.

Net Neutrality

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?


Featured Apps – These Three Are Well Worth A Look

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Candy Crush Saga - FREE
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Pinterest - FREE
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Scam Alert – Beware Of Malvertising

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In March

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 resources.

 

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 the list.


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?

Keep Neighbors From Using My Wi-FiAnswer: 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, or WEP.

3.    Reduce your range. Place your router in the middle of your home to restrict its range only to authorized users.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Brad Lyon
Internet Manager



Moapa Valley Telephone Company
183 S Anderson St
Overton, NV 89040

702-397-2601

 

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