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The FCC repealed net neutrality yesterday -- but the fight’s not over yet
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to undo the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama Administration in 2015.
The regulations defined the internet as a public utility and prevented internet service providers from charging more money, blocking access to sites at their discretion, and picking and choosing the content people can see online.
But with these rules set to be repealed in 2 weeks, all that could change.
We might be looking at a new era of internet
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says reversing net neutrality will help consumers and promote competition by giving service providers like Comcast “more incentive to build networks.”
But critics argue that the barrier of entry into telecommunications -- which includes installing millions of cables and poles -- is too high for new competition to enter the market and that it will only strengthen the oligopoly of Comcast and AT&T.
One thing is clear: these internet gatekeepers will no longer be barred from slowing down content -- and they can now charge popular websites like Netflix and Facebook more money for faster delivery.
We do have one thing on our side: opposition is tremendous
A recent University of Maryland survey showed that 83% of Americans opposed the FCC’s repeal.
In the internet’s social hubs -- Reddit, Facebook, Twitter -- hundreds of thousands of people are standing up against the ruling: 1.2m calls to Congress have been placed through pro-net neutrality site, Battle for the Net, and 2m+ more have signed petitions on Change.org.
And on the legal front, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has already announced a multi-state lawsuit challenging the vote.
What else can be done to reverse this decision?
The FCC’s ruling is really just the beginning of a protracted legal and political battle: the future of the internet won’t be determined so easily.
Congress could respond to our calls for action by invoking the Congressional Review Act and petitioning for a reversal. The nation’s federal courts could also issue a stay on the ruling and pick apart the “substantive errors” in the FCC’s decision.
Long story short: if you feel the ruling is wrong…
Don’t Stop Believin’
Monster merger: Disney to acquire Fox
Superheros. Jedis. Inanimate objects talking -- these are everyone’s favorite things. And now Disney owns all of them.
Yesterday, the media juggernaut announced their plan to buy 21st Century Fox for over $66B, the second-largest merger this year.
The deal will include Fox’s movie studios, networks Nat Geo and FX, and a 60% stake in Hulu, among other things.
And they’re waging war on Netflix
In Disney’s all-out media domination, if (and when) this deal goes through, they can finally check “streaming market” off their bucket list.
Pet “influencers” confirm what we always knew: we trust dogs more than ourselves
The ad industry has a new vertical: “animal influencers,” reserved for celebrity pets with millions of Instagram followers.
The market first came to prominence with the promotion of pet startups like Barkbox, and now companies from Google to Ralph Lauren are using pets to sell human brands -- because as it turns out, animal influencers get more engagement than human bloggers.
People are raking in $1k per pup post
With 100k followers, Mochi, a 3-year-old “Maltipoo” has deals with Ralph Lauren, The Ritz-Carlton, Amex, Google, and Disney, and her owner (who works about 3-5 hours a week on Mochi’s brand) says advertisers pay around $100 for every 10k followers.
By those numbers, that means heavy-hitters like Marnie the dog (2.1m followers) and Tuna (1.9m followers) are bringing in $200k a pop.
There’s even a talent agency to manage them
The Dog Agency has 100 clients -- all “influential animals,” including dogs, cats, pigs, and hedgehogs, with hundreds of thousands of followers.
And TDA’s brand doesn’t stop there: it also has its own arm of pet content called “Pet Insider,” as well as a line of high-fashion clothing items called “Chewsy,” designed “for the discerning pet.”
Among this season’s looks: a $55 “Catty Velour Pullover,” and a $42 “Sunday Brunch Long Sleeve.”
Subway is bringing back the $5 footlong and franchisees are NOT into it
To get butts in the seats, Subway has decided to bring back their long-time promotional mainstay: the $5 footlong.
For nearly a decade, the deal featured one 12-inch sub each day at a discounted $5 price until, like all great fan-favorite promotions, it met its demise in 2016.
And now it’s back because Subway is strugglin’
According to an internal memo, Subway’s traffic has slowed 25% over the last five years.
In 2016, their sales fell 1.7%, and for the first time in the company’s history, the sandwich haven closed more stores than it opened, dropping 359 locations in the US. That’s a lot of out of work “sandwich artists.”
The $5 deal is an effort to entice customers like the days of old -- but, alas, the snake always eats its own tail: more than 400 franchisees have signed a petitionagainst the deal, claiming that $5 footlongs are what “decimated” their business in the first place.
Keeping up with the “price war”
In 2018, many fast food staples have decided to lower their prices to slow the fast food decline.
McDonald’s recently announced they’re bringing back their illustrious Dollar Menu, which was nixed back in 2013 at the behest of McDonald’s franchisees for the same reason: these deals kill sales.
But for these corporations, that’s a risk they’re willing to take. Because at the end of the day… fast food ain’t gonna eat itself.
Elysium Health doesn’t want to “cure” aging - they’re just on a mission to keep your body in tip-top shape for longer.
It's a lofty goal, no doubt -- and they’re not there yet. But the scientists and research team at Elysium Health have encapsulated the first step in healthy aging: NAD+.
You can find the lengthy scientific name, but we’ll save you the click. Basically, NAD+ is the raw material every cell in your body needs to do, well, their job. Name a bodily function, and NAD+ is probably working in the background to keep things purring.
Elysium Health’s flagship product, Basis, is the only NAD+ supplement whose two ingredients have been found to increase NAD+ levels by 40%.
It’s the stuff your cells need, delivered in capsule form. And for aging parents, it’s the gift of the 2017 holiday season. Cruise over to Elysium Health to see the deets and legal gumbo -- but don’t tell Father Time we sent you.