Net Neutrality has had its highs and lows in the news over the years as various bits of legislation have been proposed, and the FCC has made several rulings.
Recently I've been hit with a rash of questions on net neutrality based on concerns that a Donald Trumppresidency will have a great impact on net neutrality.
The person asking the questions seems have some sense that Donald Trump will be overturning net neutrality and shutting down the internet. I don't understand the comments that Donald Trump wants to "shut down the internet." This rash of questions on net neutrality is an interesting study in the panic and paranoia surrounding politics.
In search of the most innovative people in the field of technology I will start with the story of Reginald Fessenden, the Canadian born inventor who once worked for Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and went on to develop radio and wireless communications.
When asked who invented radio, many names will get tossed out. Starting my career in communications, a name most often mentioned as the inventor of radio was Marconi. Another name often mentioned in the invention of radio is Nikola Tesla, who also once worked for Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. After doing quite a bit of research It was obvious that without a doubt, Reginald Fessenden did more to develop radio than either Marconi or Tesla.
Reginald Fessenden came to America in 1886, hoping to work for Thomas Edison. Fessenden started working for Edison as a junior technician, and eventually became his head chemist.
Ironically, after leaving Edison in 1890, Fessenden would cross paths with George Westinghouse, and helped Westinghouse in defeating Edison in the War of Currents. Westinghouse was impressed with Fessenden and personally recruited him for the newly created position of chair of the Electrical Engineering department at the Western University of Pennsylvania which would become the University of Pittsburgh.
Much of Fessenden's work in developing radio and wireless communications was done while he was chair of the electrical engineering department at Western University of Pennsylvania from 1893 to 1900. Fessenden began experimenting with wireless telephones in 1898, creating a wireless communication system functioning between Pittsburgh and Allegheny City.