by ronfluegge 12. June 2018 15:00

A microgrid is a small-scale power grid that can operate independently or collaboratively with other small power grids. The practice of using microgrids is known as distributed, dispersed, decentralized, district or embedded energy production.

Any small-scale, localized power station that has its own generation and storage resources and definable boundaries can be considered a microgrid. If the microgrid can be integrated with the area's main power grid, it is often referred to as a hybrid microgrid.

Microgrids are typically supported by generators or renewable wind and solar energy resources and are often used to provide backup power or supplement the main power grid during periods of heavy demand. A microgrid strategy that integrates local wind or solar resources can provide redundancy for essential services and make the main grid less susceptible to localized disaster.

Buildings equipped with electric generation capabilities through solar panels and contingency generators can also generate energy and revenue during downtime. By joining together with smart grid deployments, excess energy can be sold back to local microgrids to create revenue in addition to providing resilience and capacity to local electrical grids. 



Net Neutrality

by ronfluegge 11. June 2018 16:53

Net Neutrality is the principle that data packets on the internet should be moved impartially, without regard to content, destination or source. The term originated in a paper written by Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu in 2003, entitled "Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination."

In the United States, the debate about Net Neutrality centers around the question of government regulation and whether internet access should be legally classified as an opt-in service or a public utility.  If internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.S. furnish information services, they fall under Title I of the Communications Act of 1934 and are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. If they provide a utility, however, they fall under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. 

For much of the history of the internet, companies that provided broadband internet access were classified as information services and were overseen by the FTC. In 2010, under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that broadband internet providers were common carriers and as such, would be regulated under Title II. 

This change in classification gave the FCC the legal power to prohibit broadband internet providers from slowing or blocking internet content delivery to consumers. It also prohibited broadband providers from prioritizing traffic from edge providers who are willing to pay higher fees for faster delivery, a practice known as zero rating. The ruling was challenged in the court system, but upheld. 

In June 2018, under a new presidential administration, the FCC reversed its decision and ordered that broadband internet access service be returned to its Title I classification. The official reason for the reclassification is to "eliminate burdensome regulation that stifles innovation and deters investment and empower Americans to choose the broadband internet access service that best fits their needs."  The new order, which is entitled "Restoring Internet Freedom," promotes transparency under current antitrust and consumer protection laws. 



"Open Source is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation"

by ronfluegge 10. June 2018 02:37

“I will never stop learning. I won’t just work on things that are assigned to me. I know there’s no such thing as a status quo. I will build our business sustainably through passionate and loyal customers. I will never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. I am more motivated by impact than money, and I know that Open Source is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. I will communicate as much as possible, because it’s the oxygen of a distributed company. I am in a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how far away the goal is, the only way to get there is by putting one foot in front of another every day. Given time, there is no problem that’s insurmountable.” from the Automattic Creed



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