Category Archives: Technology

On the Fight for Net Neutrality

Fighting for Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is a topic I have covered a lot in other spaces. From talking about The End of Net Neutrality, to covering Why the Internet is Broken, to writing about The Case For A Faster, More Powerful and Affordable American Internet, Net Neutrality is a topic I care deeply about.

For those of you who don’t know what Net Neutrality means, it is the simple concept that consumers can access large scale services (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix) and smaller websites (like this one) at the same speed without cost. Net Neutrality is the leveling force behind the Internet. Without it Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) could specify which websites and content providers consumers could reach at a higher speed for a higher cost and which websites/content providers consumers could reach at a lower speed for lower costs. If you are saying to yourself the fight for Net Neutrality sounds like ISP’s imposing Internet tolls on companies and consumers, you are dead on. The fight for Net Neutrality is the fight to keep the Internet a level playing field sans tolls, taxes or pay to play charges.

The fight for Net Neutrality goes deeper than being able to stream your favorite Netflix content at the same speed and access than your Spotify content. The fight centers on the foundations of the Internet vs. capitalism.

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Internet of Things Devices Which Need to Happen

Internet of Things Parking Meters

I live in New York City. If you have a car in NYC (why, I don’t know) you are subject to city parking rules. Not a day goes by in which wondering if same side street parking rules are in effect or if they are off. For those New York City motorists, misunderstanding what day correlates to what parking rule can mean the difference between a happy day and an angry morning spent paying the city $150 in parking fines.

There is something to be said for real world information in real time. Sure, it would be great to have a fridge which automatically populates a notepad on your smartphone or tablet with the items you need to buy at the market but all in all, the possibilities for connected Internet of Things devices are more granular. If the Internet of Things is going to thrive, companies and governments need to look at the solution with one question, “how can we use the Net of Everything combined with Big Data and Cloud services to create highly granular and communicative devices which inform overall populace with real time day-to-day information carrying the weight of altering decision making?” Another way of saying this, “how do we create a parking meter which will get the average NYC driver out of a same side of the street parking violation?”

With this in mind, I want to share three connected devices which need to happen on a mass scale.

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Selling the Internet of Things

Marketing the Internet of Things

In an IoT article published today, BGR referenced a December 2013 report which stated the Internet of Things industry will be worth $309 billion by 2020. Further, Cisco CEO John Chambers noted the staggering financial figure of $309 billion is just the tip of the iceberg.

“At the Mobile World Congress trade show, Chambers said he believes the Internet of Things will create $19 trillion in ‘economic benefit and value’ in the next decade.”

Let that sink in for a moment. $19 trillion, with a T, in “economic benefit and value” over the next decade. As $19 trillion is a massive number, here is some more information for you. In 2010, there were roughly 9 – 10 billion connected Internet of Things devices in operation. By 2020, that number is expected to jump to 50 billion. If the history of the IoT history tells us anything, the predictions might be right and yet, if predictions tell us anything, the numbers might be coming from thin air.

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Making the Internet of Things Tangible

Internet of Things Home Security

Maybe the largest complaint against the Cloud isn’t that the term is amorphous. Maybe the largest complaint against Cloud Computing technologies are that they aren’t tangible. Sure, you can make use of a SaaS application or PaaS to develop the next great mobile app, but for the everyday consumer, outside of Spotify, Dropbox and social media networks, the Cloud doesn’t translate. You could make the argument that the tangible – the physical aspect of Cloud services – are smartphones, tablets and mobile devices. While this argument could be made, the Cloud only helps power those devices. Cloud Computing isn’t an iPhone or a Google Nexus 7. And so, with no true tangible physical device to harness Cloud Computing services to human touch, the service, although highly popular, greatly useful and extremely needed, will remain something of a mystery to the public market. For the vast majority of the market, it will remain a concept with limited application.

The Internet of Things (IoT), on the other hand, shouldn’t have this problem.

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