With many proposed changes currently being discussed regarding net neutrality and the FCC, the battlelines are forming. The phrase that the road to hell is paved with good intentions is a old proverb attributed to many sources.
There are so many discussions right now on proposed changes to net neutrality and the FCC, all full of good intentions, and most are as inviting as the road to hell.
I have been asked questions on Donald Trump overturning net neutrality and shutting down websites. There are two different and unrelated issues. Shutting down websites because you don't like what they have to say, or what they are selling is a completely different topic from net neutrality. There have been many proposed laws to control what content is allowed on the internet, and these laws have been for the most part, independent of the net neutrality debate, as we explain here in this discussion on Internet censorship.
Net Neutrality History
The control of the use of the internet will always be a battleground in the United States. It is very similar to the history of radio, the first form of mass communications. Since the very beginning of radio, the U.S. government has tried to control radio. The U.S. Government seized control of radio for the "good of the country" during WWI and seized all amateur radio. After WWI the government created the monopoly called the "Radio Trust" to manage the use of radio. The company RCA was basically a government created monopoly for the control of radio patents.
The FCC was later created to manage radio as it became more and more commercial. Although much has changed since 1934, a lot of the argument now going on regarding net neutrality is based on the premise of the Communications Act of 1934, in that the FCC has the power to manage internet access in the same way they have been managing telephone and radio since 1934.
I have read many online forums recently where the question is being asked, "Why didn't Apple refresh the Mac Pro and Mac Mini at the October 2016 MacBook Pro event?" Apple fans are shocked, wondering why Apple did not come up with any major updates to their beloved Mac Pro this year. How dare they!
Apple is the victim of expectations by their fans. Here's a thought that might get a few Apple fans upset, the goal of the company is profit. Innovation involves risk, which could possibly lead to less profit. If Apple can maintain their profitability by focusing on smartphones without taking risks in other areas such as developing new personal computers, why should they?
Apple was never the dominant player in terms of desktop computer sales, they were the innovator of cool toys. As the innovator of various cool toys over the years Apple became one of the world's most profitable companies. As the innovator of cool toys such as the iPhone, Apple became a profit leader in the smartphone industry.
Upstaged by Microsoft
What makes the Apple fans panic even more is that the recent announcements by Microsoft of cool new additions to the Surface line of products. There are people who dare to ask, "Is Microsoft is now more innovative than Apple?"
For years Microsoft was the dominant software and operating system company in an area of personal computers. Now Microsoft faces stiff competition from Google in many areas they once controlled. As tablet computers become more popular, the Android operating system cuts into Microsoft's market share. As Google Docs takes business collaboration software from the desktop to the web, Microsoft restructures their Office applications.