CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        The End of the Open Internet? Chairman Pai Proposes Net Neutrality Rollback

        The FCC’s Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, released a statement concerning net neutrality on Tuesday, announcing a plan to stop the federal government's “micromanaging” of the internet. Chairman Pai stated that, under his proposal “the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.” The proposal, which was released Wednesday, would essentially allow internet service providers to create fast and slow lanes for subscribers.  This would permit them to choose whether to block or slow certain websites and to charge more for better quality.  However, internet service providers would have to publically disclose whether they engage in slowing down a site, blocking, or other forms of paid prioritization. 

        The proposal has received both criticism and support from internet providers and companies, telecom giants, and consumers.  Internet companies like Google and Amazon have voiced their concerns over rolling back the net neutrality provisions put in place by the Obama administration because it would allow telecom companies to act as the gatekeepers of information and entertainment.  There is concern that the proposal would allow telecom companies to play favorites, limiting or slowing access to certain sites unless consumers pay additional amounts.  Smaller business worry they will not be able to compete if they have to pay for faster connections.  However, telecom companies believe the current regulations prevent them offering a boarder array of products to consumers at higher and lower price points, ultimately benefitting the consumer.  Chairman Pai has stated that he believes the current industries stifle innovation and that deregulation of the industry will allow greater investment in networks and infrastructure. 

        There was a significant online protest this summer when the FCC solicited comments on this issue, and all sides are expected to lobby hard in advance of the FCC’s vote on the proposal on December 14, 2017.  However, the five-seat FCC Commission is comprised of a Republican majority, Chairman Pai and two others, who generally vote with Chairman Pai.  Thus, the age of the open internet is likely at its end.