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FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as a utility

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It’s a good day for proponents of an open internet: The Federal Communications Commission just approved its long-awaited network neutrality plan, which reclassifies broadband internet as a Title II public utility and gives the agency more regulatory power in the process. And unlike the FCC’s last stab at net neutrality in 2010, today’s new rules also apply to mobile broadband. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler laid out the basic gist of the plan earlier this month — it’ll ban things like paid prioritization, a tactic some ISPs used to get additional fees from bandwidth-heavy companies like Netflix, as well as the slowdown of “lawful content.” But now Wheeler’s vision is more than just rhetoric; it’s something the FCC can actively enforce.

“It [the internet] is our printing press; it is our town square; it is our individual soap box and our shared platform for opportunity,” said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel during today’s open commission meeting. “That is why open internet policies matter. That is why I support network neutrality.”

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Congratulations To My Sister Louise and Her New Husband Andrew

Congratulations: Andrew and Louise Montgomery

On Friday the 12th of December 2014 my sister Louise married Andrew Montgomery. They have known each other for many years but have only recently come back together and then decided to make it more permanent.

Congratulations and best wishes to them both, all the very best and a very happy future.

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Solar Freakin Roadways!

Imagine you had a really good idea that could change the planet but nobody seems to be listening. How frustrating would that be?

Well instead of just getting mad you could do something that will grab peoples attention. Like create a video that gets to the point and is humorous at the same time.

To be honest I don’t know if these guys are being ignored and getting frustrated, that’s just the impression I get when watching the following video. But you never know solar energy may help save the world.

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Brand Yourself

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If you are interested in pushing your on-line profile to new heights. I cannot recommend BrandYourself highly enough. It helps you get your other social networks together and make them present you to the world as one. Or in other words get the information about yourself on the various social networks you may be on consistant and help show how to do it better.

A very useful tool that even checks how well you present yourself and also helps to get you up the search rankings. Give it a try.

Here’s my profile.

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Promethean Planet Now Has 2 Million Users

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I would like to congratulate Promethean Planet for achieving over 2 million users.

Promethean is a great company to work for and I learned a lot about software and business processes whilst there.

Visit them at www.prometheanplanet.com or their Facebook page and don’t forget Twitter.

Well done guys.

Celebrate 2 Million Promethean Planet
Celebrate 2 Million Promethean Planet
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Change of Hosting – A Good Move

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I enjoyed my fling with WordPress.com but that affair came to a quick end. Don’t get me wrong it really has it advantages. Being completely free, it proved itself to be a great introduction to WordPress by the people who know the most about it.

Setting up my site was fun but I came to wondering a couple of things. Firstly how do I get the domain I currently own to work with it and, secondly how do I use all those plugins people talk about that can make your WordPress site into something special with little effort?

As it turns out the answer to the first question is a simple “that will be ¬£9 please”. In an effort to make a little money out of people using WordPress.com for free, is to charge for the little things of course. They actually stop you from redirecting to your site with domain forwarding unless you pony up for the extra domain mapping option. All the extra options are available in the shop section that sits in the dashboard of site created in WordPress.com. I was tempted but the second question I had, was the one point that made me look elsewhere.

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My First Post – How Will You Do Yours?

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Everybody has a hard time thinking of what to put for their first blog entry. For those of us with a Facebook account, you may have a hard time remembering what your first post was. What has Facebook got to do with blogging? Because Facebook is Facebook right? Well it seems to have grown that way and in comparison to other blog sites, Facebook is head and shoulders above them and another type of platform again with application servers (games, etc.) and a whole lot more besides.