Tag: congress

Government Shutdown: The Facts, With a Few Opinion Sprinkles on Top

Capitol is closed

Well folks, it’s happened. Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government, and as of this morning the government has shut down, all non-essential employees are at home, and essential and non-essential employees alike are without pay. If you’re a government employee deemed “essential” then the good news is you’ll receive back pay for the time you work during the shutdown once the government resumes operations.

An Open Letter to Congress, the FCC and the White House on Net Neutrality & the Google-Verizon Deal

Mad as hell

The Net Neutrality debate seems to have reached critical mass, and it’s making me angry. Google and Verizon have struck a deal to submit a proposal to lawmakers that, in short, would stand to kill the Internet as we know it. I’m not being dramatic or fear mongering, I’m stating the reality of the situation. The elements of this proposal are engineered to appear to protect users’ rights to open Internet, but in reality have major loopholes that seem to give them carte blanche to filter services at will on mobile networks & “new services” that show up.