CrosspostSave Net Neutrality: Stop Big Cable From Slowing and Breaking the Sites We Love! [/r/Privacy AMA Jul 11–12][X-Post r/privacy]
Jul 11th 2017 by gemohandy • 11 Questions • 125 Points
My name is Dane Jasper (/u/danejasper), and I co-founded Sonic in 1994, at a time when the “World Wide Web” was brand new, Linux had just been invented and avoiding dialup busy signals was the main customer issue. Today, Sonic is the largest independent ISP in Northern California. As a 20-year industry veteran, I've seen a lot of change, but I remain committed to the concept of alternative competitive broadband access services, which is why I’m fighting for net neutrality today.
Sonic firmly believes that internet providers should NOT be able to charge content creators -- like Netflix or CNET -- more money to stream their service, or have the ability to block others entirely. The internet should remain open and equal for all.
I’ll be sticking around to answer your questions on net neutrality and what’s at stake for you and everyone else who uses and loves the internet, amid the FCC’s plans to roll back current net neutrality regulations. Ask away!
I wanted to thank you guys again for how well you covered the events that night (and again later that week at Police Headquarters).
I followed your coverage mostly through twitter and the live videos that were posted there. How has covering stories through that medium changed the way you approach news?
Hi Dane, thanks for doing this.
What kind of pressure have you felt (say from competitors, from corporations/content providers, or from government) to abandon Net Neutrality?
(Unrelated, but I hope to be a Sonic customer someday ... if/when fiber comes to my town of Moraga.)
Thank you immoralminority. Having designated people to do Facebook Live and Twitter that night was a fairly new thing for us. It's definitely changed the way we cover breaking news. That night our website crashed shortly after the shooting, making our social media accounts imperative. Now we try to use our social media accounts and our website together. It's nice to have multiple tools to tell stories on different platforms.
Clearly most large carriers have been against net neutrality, and Title II in particular, as well as against any regulations around consumer privacy. Sonic bucks this trend, but there's no pressure anyone can put on us, we have an independent viewpoint and are able to express it to regulators, legislators and the public. We do this, widely, signing on to support letters from industry coalitions, speaking with the FCC, federal and state legislators, and asking our members to get involved too.
Hi Diane, How many upvotes for a year of free tater tots?
All of them.
Consistent uptime and bandwidth are the most important thing to your customers. How do you balance profit and delivering a good product, and has the thought of abusing your bandwitdh for profit ever been brought up in your boardroom?
As cliche as it sounds, persistence really helps. Persistence and real life experience. You have to have something to show potential employers such as clips from internships and ideas about how you'd cover a story to attract a digital audience. It's no longer enough to just be able to write a good story on deadline. You have to be able to tweet and shoot video, build an online audience, etc.
With regard to cumulative negativity, a lot of journalists compartmentalize. It's not necessarily a healthy way to deal with some of the truly awful stuff but it's a means of coping so you can do your job. It doesn't always work and you do break down. Some stories will bring all the feelings you've tried to store away to the surface.
One of our reporters, Jennifer Emily, wrote a story that kind of touches on this topic and how she explained the concept of "bad guys" to her young daughters. In it she said, "It isn't because I don't care. I care deeply, maybe too much. Names and images rattle around in my brain. They creep to the surface if I forget to hold them back. If I kept them in my heart, I'm not certain I could function."
We've been pitched a number of schemes that would "monetize" our member's internet usage. Ad swapping, DNS error redirection, etc. But no, none of those pitches have ever been seriously considered, because they're wrong.
This is the last I heard about Mark Hughes who was wrongly accused as a suspect in the shooting. I'm not sure if he ever got a meeting with police, or if he ever got a formal apology. -Ashley
Is this fake news? Do you have any affiliation with CNN? Do you need to be a part of CNN to make things up. Why do you make things up?
Are any of these serious questions, or did you just make things up? - Chris (an editor, so please expect I'll be editing my responses.)