What if all of the devices in your life had a common interface, controlled by a single company, that picked what video content you could easily search and access online? What if that single company had its own economic reasons to support some “channels” and hide others?
On August 21st, 2014, Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, Georgia, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing emphatic support for Comcast’s controversial effort to merge with Time Warner Cable. Not only did the mayor’s letter express personal excitement for the gargantuan deal — which critics say will create a monopoly that will harm millions of consumers — but it also claimed that the entire town of Roswell adored Comcast. “When Comcast makes a promise to act, it is comforting to know that they will always follow through,” Wood’s letter explained. “This is the type of attitude that makes Roswell proud to be involved with such a company,” the letter asserts, “our residents are happy with the services it has provided and continues to provide each day.”
When Verizon pulled the plug on Gene Lew’s company, it gave no warning. At first, Lew thought some sort of router had crashed inside the network. “It wasn’t until we did a lot of digging,” Lew says, “we found out that someone turned the switch off.”
While I’m not a fan of the partisan tone of the publication, it’s great to note when we can come together in solidarity against a blithering idiot. While I know that the responses featured are cherry-picked, it gives me great hope to know that there are some decent, right-thinking people out there that don’t blindly follow the “party line”.
I know that we on the left are used to lashing out at the Tea Party and Ted Cruzes in our country, but when even his own team is calling him out, it makes me think that maybe, just maybe, there is hope for this nation.
(via Liberals Unite)
Update: “My Plan for a Free and Open Internet“
TL,DR: These new plans are being billed as innovative and democratising, but they are exactly the opposite. They will undermine innovation and expression while reverting is to the hell that is a top-down content structure (think cable tv and it’s innumerable flaws)
The deal sounds great: Stream unlimited music without any data charges. The offer from T-Mobile includes popular services such as Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora. These apps will no longer count against your data plan, the company announced recently, no matter how much you stream across its 4G LTE network.