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President Obama called on the FCC to adopt the strongest possible rules on net neutrality and specifically to classify high-speed broadband service as a utility. His rationale is "For most Americans, the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life."  Mr. Obama gave the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) legal authority to ensure that no content is blocked and no so-called pay-to-play fast lanes exist, which is the hallmark of net neutrality. But the industry response to President's declaration was divided due to conflict between two laws.  The Title II of the Communication Act of 1934 focuses the ultimate goal of service to ensure that they act "in the public interest."  But the Section 706 in the Telecommunication Act of 1996 gave the FCC the authority to regulate Internet service providers (ISPs) to "promote competition in the local telecommunications market" and "remove barriers to infrastructure investment."  Simply, the issue here is: if the ISPs would be an information service or a public utility as common carriers.  If the authority follows Section 706, the ISPs would be continuously classified as an information service that would not be a subject of tax, and would promote investment and innovation, which would result in better quality, lower prices and more choices for consumers.  If the FCC reclassifies ISPs under Title II, under which they would be classified as common carriers that cannot make any discrimination in charges, practices, classifications that would be remained as a public utility. History reveals that technological development brings us hope for a more perfect democracy, but they tend to get exploited by the business ambitions of tech savvy corporates. Three giant broadcasting networks enjoyed their heyday for most of the 20th century. Cable, emerging as a common carrier, became a conglomerate through M&As thanks to the media deregulation in the 1980s. Now in the digital era, the major ISPs tried to expand their power by providing a pay-to-play fast lane for certain content; a page straight from the cable industry's playbook. Although we cannot reverse the wave of technological development, we should recognize that digital technology is not limited to entertainment but a part of everyday life. In an age of information, where the general public has the ability to be equally informed, it's a good time to track back and re-examine the fundamental ideas of "public interest."

1. In New York City, Jobs Come Back Without Wall Street

The dynamism of the city's economy has fueled a rebound that has been much stronger than for the country as a whole. New York has added three times as many jobs as it lost during the recession. The nation's gain, however, is well short of twice what it lost. (NYT)  

#NotInMyName: Young Muslims speak out against Islamic State on social media
British charity Active Change Foundation, who organised the campaign, said #notinmyname gave Muslims the opportunity to "denounce" the "violent" actions of IS in their own words. (ABC)

Broadband providers have questioned the fairness of this approach. They have invested heavily in a sophisticated infrastructure and question whether the government should be telling them how to run their networks and package services. (HP) 
The market for fast casual food, which is almost but not quite fast food (I'll get to that in a second), has grown by 550 percent since 1999, more than ten times the growth seen in the fast food industry over the same period, according to data from market research firm Euromonitor. (WP)
One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun's energy can largely explain recent global warming. (NYT)
The shipping containers are insulated, and all the systems - from pumps to irrigation to LED growing lights - can be digitally controlled. The Freight Farms are also Wi-Fi hot spots, so farmers can check on things like pH levels remotely using a mobile dashboard. (NPR)
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