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The Left has spent the last five decades rigidly insisting the world was on the verge of imminent climactic collapse. We are constantly on the verge of warming ourselves into mass extinction.
Dig this – from June, 1989:
“A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.”
I’ll give you all a second to check a nearby calendar….
Yes, it’s nearly 2020. Two decades AFTER the predicted beginning of the end. Things are…exactly as they were.
The Left remains steadfastly impervious to facts.
The Left appears to like dozens. Dig this – from January 2019:
“The world is going to end in 12 years unless the government takes action, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Monday at a Martin Luther King forum in New York City.”
How very United Nations-1989 – of AOC-2019.
How long are they incessantly wrong – before we finally stop listening to them?
The Left has spent the last two decades rigidly insisting the Internet was on the verge of imminent collapse.
We are constantly on the verge of Non-Neutralizing the Web into mass extinction.
Dig this – from June 2002:
“(T)here is growing evidence that carriers can restrict the use of their broadband networks in ways that distort the market for internet applications, home networking equipment and other markets of public value….
“This proposal introduces the principle of network neutrality or non-discrimination as a tentative answer….”
Yes, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) “can” block you. But they never, ever do.
Because they are in the customer service business. If they do not service their customers – they will quite soon be out of business.
Since “Net Neutrality’s” introduction to the Leftist zeitgeist – we have always been one second away from a catastrophe…that never, ever comes to pass.
Dig this – from the 2010 election cycle:
“Giant corporations want to take over the Internet. But over 95 bold Democratic candidates are going “on offense” – promising to protect Net Neutrality!”
Get that future tense again? “Giant corporations want to take over the Internet.” Not “have taken over the Internet” – they “want to” do so.
They haven’t yet – but they can AT ANY SECOND!
Actually, 95 Democrats and Democrat candidates signed that 2010 election petition. How’d that go?
Well that went well.
And here we are in the tail end of 2019. After another decade of frenetic, frantic predictions of Internet doom.
The Left LOVES timelines – that turn out to be utter irrelevant to Reality.
Well, it’s 2019 – how’s the Internet doing?
Exactly the same freedoms as always. And all the additional, exponential speed and quality improvements.
Provided solely by the Private Sector – that the Left wants to pummel with totally unnecessary government Net Neutrality regulations.
Speaking of private sector improvements – behold Fifth Generation Wireless….
“5G is the industry standard that will supersede the current widespread 4G LTE standard, just as 4G supplanted 3G. 5G just stands for ‘fifth generation’ – it’s the fifth generation of this standard.
“This standard is designed to be much faster than current 4G LTE technology. It’s not just about speeding up smartphone internet connections, though. It’s about enabling faster wireless internet everywhere for everything from connected cars to smart-home and Internet of Things (IoT) devices….
“While 4G tops out at a theoretical 100 megabits per second (Mbps), 5G tops out at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). That means 5G is a hundred times faster than the current 4G technology.”
Let’s compare these wireless speeds to my home’s hardline-wired broadband connection. I live in a suburb of a town of 2,000 people. In the Land of Second Homes – where most people live mostly elsewhere rather than here….
I just tested my speed. My major ISP ( I shan’t disclose – but trust me, it’s a major) – just timed at 281.78 Mbps.
Think about this: 4G wireless – is already within shouting distance of wired broadband.
The most data-intensive thing to currently do online – is stream video. And just about everyone in America can currently, seamlessly stream video – on their wireless devices.
5G wireless is going to blow the doors off of 4G wireless – and wired broadband.
Thank you yet again, Private Sector. For yet again delivering exponential increases in speed and quality. Yet again – totally bereft of Net Neutrality regulations.
And 5Gs super speeds – makes Net Neutrality even dumber now…than its ever before been. And that’s saying something.
The Net Neutrality argument is – there isn’t enough competition amongst ISPs. So they will – one day, perhaps, maybe…. – block you.
Even though it would be STUPID ISP business practice. Which is why ISPs never, ever have.
Well, we’re very, very soon all going to have wireless service that is MORE THAN THIRTY TIMES FASTER than my current hardline broadband speed.
Which means I’ll have about a dozen wireless ISPs – competing with my hardline ISP.
Which, by the way, I have had all along the way with 4G.
I work from home. When my hardline connection fails me – I HotSpot my laptop off of my 4G cellular phone. Out here in the hinterlands.
And I do everything I want to do online – up to and including streaming video.
The truth is: Net Neutrality has been orders-of-magnitude stupider – since the Private Sector delivered us 4G.
But the Left still insists on counting ONLY hardline connections – as connections. Most unfortunately, so does our government.
But if almost all of us can do everything we need and want to do online wirelessly – how the heck does that not count as a connection?
We can all do all of that – on 4G.
We will all be able to do all of that – and so much more than we can currently conceive – on 5G.
And we’ve been doing all of it – totally bereft of titanically stupid Net Neutrality regulations.
May we please, FINALLY retire the stupid, ridiculous Net Neutrality?
(He asks…knowing the Left will never, ever abide Reality.)
[Originally Published at RedState]