Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cutting The Cable

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the F.C.C., is in favor of net neutrality.

First, Mr. Wheeler proposed regulating consumer Internet service as a public utility, saying it was the right path to net neutrality. He also included provisions to protect consumer privacy and to ensure Internet service is available for people with disabilities and in remote areas.

Mr. Wheeler’s plan would also for the first time give the F.C.C. enforcement powers to police practices in the marketplace for handling of data before it enters the gateway network into people’s households — the so-called interconnect market. For good measure, he added a “future conduct” standard to cover unforeseen problems.

This will undoubtedly piss off the cable companies such as Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon, who think that having a monopoly over telecom is the way God and the Bell System intended it.

Anything that curdles the milk of those companies is fine with me ($140 a month for intermittent service?  Seriously?), so go for it.

3 barks and woofs on “Cutting The Cable

  1. This Republican Congress will probably cut his budget in half in retaliation for his being uppity. They know who they owe.

  2. Time Warner and Verizon are allegedly getting their lawsuit(s) against the FCC ready:

    Free Market Fairy, save us! they say, while running monopolies and getting state regulators to limit
    competition from municipalities.

    On the other hand, Google is supporting this, since they want to get Google Fiber into more cities.

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