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Monday, April 28, 2014

Tim Wu, The New Yorker: [T]he Washington Post has confirmed, based on inside sources, that the new [FCC] rule gives broadband providers "the ability to enter into individual negotiations with content providers ... in a commercially reasonable matter." That


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True, Zara, but a politician breaking a promise is dog-bites-man journalism and sadly no one will get emotional enough to hold Obama to the comments.

#1 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-04-28 12:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

I would tell you what I think about this but my computer is sud en y v y sl w. th nk 'm get t ng c t off.

#2 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-04-28 07:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

"the new rule gives broadband providers "the ability to enter into individual negotiations with content providers … in a commercially reasonable matter." That's telecom-speak for payola payments, and a clear violation of Obama's promise"

Any bets the broadband providers are heavily donating to the DNC?

#3 | Posted by path at 2014-04-28 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

#3 Aren't they all?

#4 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-04-28 12:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

Well, Comcast certainly is leading the pack greasing the way to Time-Warner M&A and now this as well.

#5 | Posted by path at 2014-04-28 12:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

Dubya strikes again.

The true damage of W Bush will not be complete until his supreme court appointments are dead or retired.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-04-28 12:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

the fcc chair was appointed by obama and is a former lobbyist for the cable companies.

the left and the right are both bought and payed for and there is no real representation for the people.

#7 | Posted by klifferd at 2014-04-28 12:48 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

the left and the right are both bought and payed for and there is no real representation for the people.


Bingo. And now they will turn the internet into a television set using capital to turn off anyone they don't like.

Hope and change!

#8 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-04-28 12:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

We got change all right, just not the change we were hoping for. Obama strikes again.

#9 | Posted by path at 2014-04-28 01:13 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

This is wrong. I know the FCC has lost twice in court so far. The FCC has fought to keep them neutral - I just question if they could fight harder. Time for yet another new set of rules to keep the networks open without infringing on previous judgements.

The problem with all of this is many fold. It boils down to I pay for a fixed bandwidth of open internet usage. Now today they cap my usage of that bandwidth. On top of that they want to have companies pay them so I can access them?

Most people are trapped in monopolistic relationships with access providers. I don't have a lot of choice and collusion seems to be the operating method of the industry. It isn't like you can just tune your radio or TV to another channel. You need someone to connect to. We also pay more as consumers compared to other countries already with less choice and bandwidth. I don't see this playing out in those countries.

If you want to provide internet access why should the companies be putting impediments to companies conducting business over the circuits? It favors large players who can make payments to these organizations and by default creates an inequality.

I say all the providers of Internet and "Cable" TV services need to open up their networks with preferential treatment for resellers like the phone circuit resellers receive. ATT, Verizon, Time Warner, Cox, Charter, etc. Let resellers take off selling open bandwidth and I would be ok with this - as long no throttling was allowed by the big players on resold circuits. Honestly Charter seems to operate the most open network of the big players.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-04-28 02:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

You'd think the right-wingers would be more upset about this form of Communism being imposed by our illegitimate Marxist community organizer.

I really haven't much in the way of loud complaints though.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-28 04:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

6 Lol so George w made Obama take cash from the roberts? In what sort of partisan bubble do yo u live? Ah the old point fingers of blame at other. It was Obama himself who decides....all the way back to waiving his promise on campaign contributions in 2008.

Had nothing to do with the SC.

#12 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2014-04-28 05:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

The fcc follows Obama orders. So does the ftc. Comcast is in both....as is. ..the fix is in.

#13 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2014-04-28 05:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

This really boils down to a degradation of language and political speech on the internet. If the FEC spoke out against greater control of internet content, that was doublethink.

#14 | Posted by kenx at 2014-04-28 06:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

As long as the left blames Bush and the right blames Obama, the abuses will continue. It will always be the other side responsible.

#15 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-04-28 09:48 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

some neutrality is more neutral than the rest, apparently.

keep this thread in mind when you read about the oligarchy study (PDF)

new boss, same as the old -- ad infinitum, so long as we treat politics like team sporting events.

#16 | Posted by Zarathustra at 2014-04-28 11:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

15: It really bugs me when you're reasonable. : )

#17 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-04-29 10:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

17 if W was in office we'd have 120 comments by now. The LSM would be running daily commentaries. And CNN would be doing Comcast connections 24 hrs a day.

#18 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2014-04-29 05:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

The media talks about corruption in other countries, but conveniently omits our own. Putin's government and the Russian oligarchs really have nothing over similar relationships in our own corrupt nation. Pay to play, is why the politicians and their staff and government have become a most lucrative career path.

#16 The politicians and media propagandists with their fancy election analysis and blue/red teams have spent decades creating a public psyche that is into this divide

#19 | Posted by Robson at 2014-04-29 05:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

The issue of net neutrality was created into a partisan issue by the media. Big media wants control of "the broadcast word" returned to them on the publicly created internet, just as they once had control with networks on the public airwaves. The media is driving this theft of our internet neutrality to take it away from independent and alternative news and blogs.

Obama and Ds and Rs are a big part of this hijack just as they were a part of the media consolidation and the TW - Comcast merger. This merger will do nothing for honest government or for the benefit of the average citizenry except put more of the propaganda machine into the hands of oligarchs.

#20 | Posted by Robson at 2014-04-29 05:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

Isn't competition is the answer? The practical solution is for concerned citizens like us to call for, and support new startup ISPs. However, the FCC regulations make it cost-prohibitive. The little guy gets screwed because we allowed special interests to form government mechanisms that are prohibitive new competitors.

This current problem is the bottom of the slippery slope we jumped down when allowing FCC creation and mandatory controls. Not sure if dem or rep was pres at the time, they equally support more power for govt and less for citizens. No more government control of citizens! Roll back our enslavement wherever possible.

You want a free, neutral internet? Create one. Let me know, I'll sign up.

#21 | Posted by JohnathanGalt at 2014-04-29 06:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

You want a free, neutral internet? Create one. Let me know, I'll sign up.
#21 | Posted by JohnathanGalt

We had one until about a week ago. Makes more sense to reclaim what was once ours.

Both parties are served by a closing off of the lines of communication.
The Arab Spring was a terrifying moment for people in power everywhere.
Even those in power legitimately with little cause to worry about dissent would be fools to not notice the tremendous power the Internet can bring to bear.

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-30 04:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

Isn't competition is the answer?
#21 | Posted by JohnathanGalt

Cooperation is the answer.
It seems you don't understand that the Internet forms a single global network.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-30 04:16 AM | Reply | Flag:


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