Comcast. Playing Dirty. Again.
For a while Comcast tried to pretend that its slowly-expanding usage cap “trials” were about managing network congestion. At least until leaked Comcast documents, the company’s top engineer, and the cable industry’s top lobbyist all confirmed that justification was bullshit (caps don’t really help manage congestion anyway). Since then, Comcast has veered away from any hard technical explanation for the glorified price hike, instead focusing on the ambiguous claim that these new “flexible” pricing models bring “fairness” to the broadband industry.
Source: With Fixed Costs And Fat Margins, Comcast’s Broadband Cap Justifications Are Total Bullshit | Techdirt
Back in November, T-Mobile announced a new service for its mobile customers called Binge On, in which video streams from certain websites don’t count against customers’ data caps.
Source: EFF Confirms: T-Mobile’s Binge On Optimization is Just Throttling, Applies Indiscriminately to All Video | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Get ready to go back to the old days of metered Internet if Big Cable and Big Telco have their way. How about some throwback AOL-style junk mail clogging your postbox?
“Comcast-exclusive deal for new subscribers: Get 500 hours free!”
Why usage-based billing is a threat to the open internet, and what can be done to stop it
Source: Big Cable’s Sledgehammer Is Coming Down — Backchannel — Medium
European Net Neutrality is officially dead. Let us not allow this in the USA.
MEPs confused by false claims, tired of the arguments, keen to conclude the case.
Source: Net neutrality: EU votes in favour of Internet fast lanes and slow lanes | Ars Technica UK
This already tried to pass in Europe. It almost won. Don’t say it can’t happen.
Imagine a world without links. That’s what you’re in for if Big Media lobbyists get their way. Help us save our right to link at http://SaveTheLink.org
Source: A web with no links? Save The Link
The demise of the merger is unqualified good news for content producers. But what about cable and broadband customers?
Source: Stopping the Comcast–Time Warner Merger Is Only the Start – The New Yorker
The world is paying attention to internet policy in a way that it never has before.
Source: Comcast Can Blame Us All for Sinking Its Time Warner Deal | WIRED