Mom. Net Neutrality. Blah, Blah, Blah. July 15. Graduation.

Do Something for Your Mom.  Slowing Down Certain Content.   Give Us Some Positive News.  A Summer Viewing Party in Downtown Atlanta.  The Nurse and Dr. of Pharmacy.

Today is Mother’s Day.  The so-called modern version of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 and similar to other holidays many people have criticized Mother’s Day as over-hyped and commercialized.  Really?  You can pick on Halloween all you want but today is Mother’s Day. Call her, see her, send flowers and celebrate your mom.

By definition, net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISP’s) treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. Under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.  This week, the decision was made by the FCC to end net neutrality on June 11.  So how could this affect all of us?  The net neutrality rules that are currently in place, protecting internet users from discriminatory behavior by ISPs, will no longer exist effective on June 11.  Net neutrality rules prevent ISPs from controlling the Internet via fast and slow lanes and from prioritizing their own content. A lack of net neutrality regulation will consequently allow ISPs’ blocking or prioritization of content.  As a simple example, an ISP like Comcast, who owns NBC Universal, could effectively slow down a website and content owned by one of their competitors, a.k.a. AT&T or Verizon.  Forget the politics and regulation, nothing about losing net neutrality seems to bode well for the consumer.

I won’t write about politics but with that said is anyone else just sick and tired of Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels, the CIA director nomination, and the Royal Wedding?  The real news is that the World Cup opening match is June 14 and NFL exhibition football starts in 83 days.  Bring it on.

Regarding the World Cup, Atlanta United has again come up with the big fun idea for the World Cup Final, to be played on July 15th.  With Atlanta United home to the Seattle Sounders the same day, Darren Eales and staff have decided to open up Mercedes Benz Stadium for what could be the world’s largest indoor viewing party of a World Cup Final.  The World Cup Final starts at 11am EDT followed by the Atlanta-Seattle battle at 2pm.  Downtown Atlanta better be ready for what should be a crazy Friday and Saturday.  To keep things in perspective, the total viewing audience for the 2014 World Cup tournament was 3.3 billion, with over a billion people watching the Final.  103 million watched the 2018 Super Bowl.

Congratulations to Lisa’s Sammie and Doug’s Annette:  celebrating their graduation weekend, one on her way to a nursing career, the other earning a Doctorate in Pharmacy.

Adios, have a Funday Sunday.


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