Category Archives: Net Neutrality

The Right Way to Go About Writing Pages on Wikipedia

In order to write an article, edit, add a picture, improve or add citations in Wikipedia, you must first create an account with Wikipedia. This is done by clicking the “create account” at the top right hand page. After this, you will need to choose a username and a password. You will also need to give an email address and answer a visual Captcha security test. There are options available for the visually impaired.

Once you have established your account and have signed in, go to the top of the page and click edit this page. This will bring you to a new page with a text box containing the editable text of the original. Just find the Wikipedia article you want to make and start typing.

If you need help, sites like GetYourWiki.com can also help you with the job. If you prefer to go it alone, click the help button in the tools section on the left side of any page. If there is not an edit this page tab, it could mean the page is lock out from editing, possibly due to of high volumes of malicious changes.

If you are making just a single change in one part of the article, look for the edit link on the right side of each section. Click on the one next to the passage you want to revise. This allows you to make changes in one section without opening the whole article. Use the toolbar above like you would with any other word processor.

When adding new information, be sure to add reliable sources of information that verify your work or it will likely be deleted. Complete directions on the correct way to cite pages is done by typing WP:CITE in the search box in the tools section on the left of the page and click go.

Materials in newspapers and books are generally considers reliable. Avoid writing about yourself as this is considered a conflict of interest. Give a brief reason for your changes at the bottom of the page in the edit summary box. Explanations can only run up to 200 characters.

Review your changes by hitting the show preview tab at the bottom. If you want to compare your changes to the text you altered, hit the show changes button. Once you are satisfied with your work, click the save page button.

Finally, check out your contribution which will appear instantly. But be aware, if there are any inaccuracies, you will be editing you.

FCC Asks AT&T To Substantiate Fiber Roll Out Claims

AT&T has made it clear they want an end to net neutrality. This is where internet service providers (ISPs) are required to treat all internet traffic equally. The amount of traffic a website receives is based on how well they can persuade consumers to visit their websites and purchase their goods & services. However, big ISPs such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, want to be able to offer high speed traffic lanes to the highest bidders. This would have the effect of allowing companies with deep pockets to have fast internet response times. Their competitors would face slower speeds and possibly even throttling (artificially induced slow internet speeds) by the ISPs.

In an effort to prod the FCC to go forward with their plans to allow the sale of fast traffic lanes, AT&T claims that it cannot proceed with its prior commitment to roll out fiber optic cables to two million households. They claim that they cannot make such an investment into their infrastructure when the FCC has not clarified their position on net neutrality. The FCC has now requested that AT&T substantiate their fiber roll out plan.

Complicating matters is that President Obama recently admonished the FCC to reverse course and protect net neutrality. The FCC could do that by simply leaving things as they currently function. However, the president wants the FCC to impose the Depression-era Telecommunications Act on IPSs by classifying them as utility companies. This story was sent in by friend of the site Sultan Alhokair.