NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: FCC Rules On Net Neutrality, What Does It Means For You


NewsOne Now Exclusive: FCC Commissioner Discusses Net Neutrality Ruling

On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed to rules that would ban internet service providers from creating fast lanes and prioritizing traffic on their networks.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn joined Roland Martin Friday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss net neutrality, what it means for you and the FCC’s ruling that will keep the internet open to all.

Commissioner Clyburn explained that the FCC’s decision on net neutrality “insures certainty to not only for broadband providers, but certainty for the consumer.”

“We recognized yesterday that the [internet] is a utility … it is so very essential to your everyday life,” said Clyburn.

Under the new guidelines established by the decision on net neutrality, information that travels throughout the internet will be treated equally without prioritization. Clyburn said the decision establishes “high level rules of the road that will provide openness, opportunities for innovation.”

According to the FCC Commissioner, the decision also gives mobile broadband internet subscribers “the same type of treatment” mobile networks as they would get on a device at their homes.

“A service provider will no longer be able to block certain sites that might be to their benefit, they will not be able to throttle or cause your traffic to be degraded,” said Clyburn. The decision also puts an end to “paid prioritization” where companies can pay internet service providers give priority to certain types of internet traffic over others.

Clyburn said, “We have taken that away from internet service providers and say these things are unacceptable for investment purposes as well as for purposes for consumers to be able to engage.”

Later on during their discussion on what the FCC’s ruing on net neutrality means for consumers, Clyburn said, “This is about treating traffic equally and this is about ensuring that if my internet service provider does not have a relationship with you that they will not degrade your service.”

She added, “Traffic is treated equally and at the end of the day that is important for us all.”

‘A Chosen Exile:’ Examining African Americans Passing As White In America

Author Allyson Hobbs joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss her new book, “A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life.”

Hobbs an assistant professor of American History at Stanford told Martin, when individuals decided to pass as a white person, “People had to separate from their families … if someone were to die, they would not let the family know” until a month later in some cases.

According to Hobbs there were instances when people did not find out that a relative who was passing as White had died until they read it in an obituary in a news paper or someone happened to tell them long after the person had expired.

“They were terrified that Black relatives would show up at the funeral and would destroy this image of whiteness that the family had so carefully protected,” said Hobbs.

Martin told Hobbs that he had a relative who decided to pass. This relative, Martin’s grandmother’s sister, daughter is passing as White and as a result, “Kids don’t know that they’re Black because they’re living an actual White existence, right now in Louisiana.”

Hobbs highlighted a number of stories where African Americans decided to pass as White during her chat with Martin. One interesting narrative discussed on “NewsOne Now” involved a woman named Elsie Roxborough from Detroit. She was passing as White and committed suicide in New York City.

To protect her “whiteness” Roxgorouh’s family sent her sister, who also looked White to claim her  body. Hobbs said, “They wanted her to still be able to be White even in death.”

Watch Martin and Assistant Professor Allyson Hobbs discuss her book, “A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life” in the video clip above.

If you could pass as a caucasian American would you deny your Blackness for the perceived benefits of being White in America?

HipHollywood: Will Smith Talks About His Role As A Con Man In ‘Focus’

HipHollywood recently caught up with Will Smith at the premiere of his new film, “Focus” and he shared what he learned to take on the role of a con man. “You know what I learned that was really cool, what the basis of a con is,” said Smith. “The concept of extraction and distraction, that when you distract someone you open yourself up to take stuff.”

Smith stars alongside Margot Robbie and explained how he got in shape for his latest role.. “Training was hard core,” said Smith. “I’m 46 now, it used to be a couple of months to get in shape, now it had to shift to a lifestyle pretty much everyday.”

“Focus” premieres in theaters nationwide, Friday, February 27th.

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.