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Real Art Welcomes Josh Frederick

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Real Art welcomes Josh Frederick as the newest addition to our team. He is an Account Executive working out of Real Art’s Dayton headquarters. Using his experience as a designer, project leader, and product developer, he will be ensuring maximum connectivity between our client’s needs and wishes and the broad talents of Real Art.

Frederick earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on Graphic Design from Miami University. He joins us from the Huffy Corporation where he spent 8 years as a Designer, Senior Designer of Packaging, and most recently as Associate Product Manager.

Frederick loves working with multi-faceted teams because in those environments, amazing things happen. He’s traveled the world, both for work and for pleasure and finds connecting with people to be the heart of human experience. He sees design as a way of thinking, not an outcome of thought.

Frederick grew up in Dayton and loves the fact that he’s working downtown (again). He’s a sports junky, especially when it comes to football, soccer and basketball. He is a database of useless information and a self-proclaimed geography nerd who can’t see a map without stopping to take it in.

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Net Neutrality & the “Internet Slowdown”

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So by now, you’ve probably heard something about “net neutrality” and today’s Internet Slowdown.

For those of you who haven’t, I want to bring it to your attention. I believe net neutrality and its impending doom directly affect us as a small business, and as designers and developers. I personally make stuff for the internet every day, and you might gather resources for a project. Or, perhaps, you go home and watch Netflix to decompress after a long day’s work. This, my friends, could all change in the near future.

I’ve taken some time to gather the following information about net neutrality from around the internet, and I’m happy to share it with you.

 

What exactly is Net Neutrality?
Simply put, “net neutrality” prevents internet providers (like Verizon and Comcast) from dictating the kinds of content you’re able to access online. Instead, Internet providers have to treat all traffic sources equally. Net neutrality is enforced by the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC. (source)

 

Why is it in danger?
The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on January 14th, 2014, that the FCC doesn’t actually have the right to enforce net neutrality. They stated that although the government is responsible for overseeing crucial utilities like telephone service and electricity – considered “common carriers” – the Internet isn’t one of those utilities under current law.

The implication of this ruling means, eventually, Internet Service Providers would become the “gatekeepers of the web” and would determine the content shared to users based on those ISP’s own interests. (source)

“Cable companies would have the power to discriminate against online content and applications — they could pick winners and losers, shake sites down for fees, block content for political reasons, and make it easier for Internet users to view cable content. (For instance, Comcast owns NBC, and so has incentives to make it easier to view NBC content than that of other providers.)”
-BattleForTheNet | read more

“In the absolute worst-case scenario, we could be looking at a sponsored Internet in the future, where the only things Verizon or Comcast subscribers see is the information those providers want them to see.”
-Alyson Shontell, Business Insider | read more

 

How does this affect you? Real Art?

Wasp has laid out 3 big factors that could harm individuals and small businesses if net neutrality is lost: (source)

  1. Higher Costs
    Without net neutrality, Internet Service Providers are able to create their own payment options for individuals and businesses. Although nothing is official, these Internet companies could charge higher fees for higher speeds. For example, with Netflix being the leading streaming video provider on the Internet, they may have to pay more to ISPs in order to provide customers with fast content.
  2. No Longer an Even Playing Field
    Net neutrality ensures small businesses are able to compete with larger companies. With both having the same access to the Internet, they are able to have the same opportunities for their businesses. If net neutrality is eliminated, small businesses may not be able to afford to share content and therefore, unable to compete with their larger competitors.
  3. Changes to Video Marketing
    Small businesses that rely on video and YouTube as part of their marketing strategy, could see changes if net neutrality is eliminated. If we can’t afford to pay Internet providers to share our content, our potential customers may not be able to view as many product videos and may not be enticed to purchase our products. Furthermore, the investment to produce and optimize these videos will be result in a monetary loss.

 

Sonia Simone from Copyblogger laments, “My biggest concern about this issue is that it affects the ability of small-to-medium businesses in the U.S. to compete on an equal playing field. The web has always allowed companies like yours and mine to compete effectively with our big rivals — if we’re smart, strategic, and nimble. But when our content has to wheeze through a congested “slow lane” while our big competitors streak past us in a premium-priced “fast lane,” the field gets a lot less equal. And when content produced by a national chain competitor can be delivered many times faster than ours, that directly affects our ability to compete.(read more)

 

For even more information, check out: https://www.battleforthenet.com/ There, you can learn about all this nonsense, the internet slowdown, and how to help the cause. Through phone calls, emails, and comments made to the FCC, we can hopefully retain our internet freedom.

This issue goes beyond all political lines, but directly into our daily professional / personal lives.

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The Daily Loot Contest

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The members of our pirate crew
have made some treasures (quite a few).
It’s loot we’d like to share with you.

Each ‘morn we’ll tweet a little clue,
a blank that must be filled by you
and duly hashtagged #DailyLoot.

By close-of-day we’ll judge the queue
and pick a winner (could be you!)
to send our Pirate booty to.

So peel your eyes and deign to view
the couplets we submit to you.
Then tweet into the ballyhoo.

The prizes will sail straight on through.

 

#DailyLoot Rules Recap (Pirate to English translation)
Starting on August 14th, each morning we’ll tweet a picture of the day’s prize with a clue that needs to be completed. Enter to win by tweeting to @realart with your solution and the hashtag #DailyLoot. Some time after 5pm, we’ll announce that day’s winner and ship their prize.

Good luck!
–Crew of the Good Ship Real Art

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