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FCC Regulator Approved The NBC-Comcast Merger In January, Is Hired By NBC-Comcast Today

4:51 am in Uncategorized by marinara

When the FCC doesn’t regulate, you end up with a few media companies owning everything that Americans read and watch. Media consolidation (concentration of media ownership) means that local news isn’t reported, stories with an anti-corporation “spin” are buried. Also, the news media competition means that Justin Bieber stories are going to displace any serious journalism, unless you have sensational photos. (Is Bin Laden the exception that proves the rule?)

Yesterday, one of the five FCC commisioners responsible for regulating the NBC-Comcast merger announced that Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker will be working for NBC-Universal (Now owned by Comcast) as an “unofficial” lobbyist come June.
http://www.fcc.gov/document/commissioner-baker-announces-departure-fcc
Commissioner Baker.
Thanks FCC for image.

The Washington Post blogger doesn’t even mention the unseemlyness of this. (I guess lack of ethics isn’t news)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/fcc-commissioner-meredith-baker-to-join-comcast-nbc/2011/05/11/AFYfl1rG_blog.html

I’m sure people familiar with the moral erosion of the “revolving door” between regulators and the corporations they claim to regulate….know better.

Inside our country’s capital this brazen payoff is a normal career trajectory. If this corruption wasn’t disembowling our country’s federal agencies, the sole protection of our citizens, we could simply admire the Commissioner’s career choices.

To stop the betrayal of the public welfare, is campaign finance even enough anymore?

As our great country is blinded by media ownership, Corporate whores like the Commissioner are laughing their way to the bank. There’s not even the slightest chance that Commissioner Baker will be punished. It’s our government, and we’re responsible. We have to stop this.

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AT&T’s Internet Customers Now Face Data Caps, Heavy Internet Users Will Face Overage Fees

6:50 am in Uncategorized by marinara

AT&T will inflict data caps on it’s customers tomorrow. A 150 Gigabyte cap on it’s internet customers is somewhat generous. It would take 130 hours of Netflix to equal 150 gigabytes. Or about 64 hours of HD Netflix (HD uses more bytes). This means AT&T would not be charging the casual viewer extra, but people who share internet connections or parents with children who (use more than 130 hours per month) will see the AT&T’s overage charges. After triggering the extra fees, AT&T will charge $.20 per Gigabyte.
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Exclusive-ATT-To-Impose-Caps-Overages-113149
This is based on Netflix’s numbers.

Also torrent downloaders would be affected.
Downloading http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6354888/Whos.Nailin.Palin.2.XXX.720p.Bluray.x264-Jiggly (4.36 GB) would cost pirates one dollar.
Since AT&T only pays $.02 – $.05 per gigabyte of bandwidth, that dollar is nearly all profit to AT&T.

Perhaps what AT&T wants is more customers for it’s “U-verse” service, which provides video on demand. Yes, AT&T wants your entertainment dollar (before you spend it).
Remember AT&T has a monopoly on DSL (internet over telephone installations) in most areas. Since AT&T has a lawful monopoly, I tell you the government must act to keep data charges down to $.07 per gigabyte or less.

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Net Neutrality Expected To Die On December 21st

4:20 am in Uncategorized by marinara

FCC commission meeting will vote to give away the store to big telecom on December 21. The FCC grinch will bury internet freedom. Leaving us with nothing but memories of a free internet.

Why? First of all there’s plenty of opposition to net neutrality; Let me list what the net neutrality opponents say:

1. net neutrality = job losses
2. net neutrality = keeping minorities off the internet
3. net neutrality is radical politics by left wing ideological zealots.

Haven’t we heard this job losses thing before? Isn’t that why we have to give bank bailouts? The job losses?

Corporate profits depend on the FCC giveaway staying covert. After net neutrality is neutered with the corporate giveaway, telecom corporations will become enriched with consumer entertainment dollars.

First of all, The FCC rules are a threat to internet porn. Let me explain with analogy from my childhood.

I was 9 years old living in married student housing at ETSU. Anyhow I was racing bikes with my friend, JJ. I loved it, because I had a Schwinn dirt bike with long pedals. He had a Huffy. Hell I always won, and I never minded a race. Never.

Net Neutrality affects YOU.
The FCC rules will cover high definition porn. Will your favorite porn site get the bandwidth to connect with high definition porn? Not if your local internet provider has partnered with a different porn site instead.

I encourage you to tell your family and friends, in no uncertain language that you oppose the corporate version of “net neutrality”. Explain how important it is that you have equal access to EVERY PORN SITE on the internet.

This regulation is not important because of the media we will SEE, rather loss of authentic net neutrality means that corporate profits are the gatekeeper that keeps media from reaching your eyeballs. Do you ever wonder if television could be any more unwatchable? It will be more awful If you let a few corporations choose the channels that reach your home.

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Anti-Net Neutrality Bill Gets Leaked From Waxman’s Office

1:39 am in Uncategorized by marinara

Rep. Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the committe that oversees telecommunications was leaked on yesterday. Now we have a copy of Waxman’s plan to subvert Net Neutrality. Copy of the leaked Bill (in legalese) not yet submitted to congress. Leak Source is techdailydose.nationaljournal.com

Let’s say the internet is made of tubes. This bill gives the tube companies license to start selling premium tubes. Big shiny tubes. However anyone with the misfortune not to partner with the tube company will find themselves stuck in the smaller, collapsing tube system.

For example, Google partnered with the Verizon tube company to use it’s new tubes. Anyone trying to compete with Google, simply won’t be able to.

Waxman, is teaching Republicans a thing or two about whoring for Telecom money. Waxman’s bill would prevent the FCC from enforcing the most important part of net neutrality, that is, standard tube size. The corporate johns, pumping Waxman up with corporate cash, know that there is money to be made here. Read on for an example.

Take a quick description of the streaming video industry, currently in a growth phase. thx dailytech.com

35.7 billion people watched video online in June (up from 19.5 billion in 2009)

Hmmm, exponentially growing by 80 percent or 16 billion people. Yeah. that’s where the money is.

For telecommunications companies to take what used to be public tubes, and twist them into private corporate piggy banks, You need traitorous turncoats like Henry Waxman to sell us out. I would say, fuck you Waxman, but Indeed, he’s already fucked us all.

Thanks for reading FDL people! My earlier top 10 blog on Net Neutrality:

Google And Verizon Have A Cunning Plan For Fun And Profit

8:19 pm in Uncategorized by marinara

First of all, David Dayden’s post is exactly what i’m going to avoid here. It’s Neutral. I’m far past neutral. First, I wanna call out Obama, our net neutrality candidate. (irony intended) I am way past hoping this surrendermonkey is going to have his administration or the FCC do anything. My hope just dried up like my under-watered lawn. Just like when Mrs. Clinton was downstairs when the President was polling Ms. Lewinsky. We got fucked over.

The Bush administration exempted the internet providers from complying with common carrier laws. The common carrier laws were legislated after decades of corrupt railroads did corrupt things. Example is on page 11 of this document here. Basically the South Improvement Company, A shipper for Standard Oil (yeah the one owned by John D. Rockefeller) Negotiated a secret rate. They even got a cash rebate for any oil shipped by competitors. To wrap it up, I quote Answers.com

These costly rate wars led carriers to avoid general rate cuts and to develop the practice of making secret agreements with certain shippers, whereby the shipper would get some form of rate reduction in exchange for his promise to ship his goods over the line offering the concession. Such concessions enabled the favored shippers to undersell their competitors and thus increase their business and the business of the railroad offering the rebates. The public objected bitterly to the practice of rebating because of its obvious unfairness and because the process of building up one shipper at the expense of others promoted the development of monopolies, with all of their attendant evils.

Now for an episode from my childhood. I was 9 years old living in married student housing at ETSU. Anyhow I was racing bikes with my friend, JJ. I loved it, because I had a Schwinn dirt bike with long pedals. He had a Huffy. Hell I always won, and I never minded a race. Never.

OK, Forget all that about the bikes. We’re going to talk about the killer application for the 21 century, Internet TV on demand. Watch your TV show without commercials when you want to. Everyone. And I mean every consumer household will have TV on demand.

Well, a funny thing happened while the internet providers were upgrading their networks for all this Video on demand. They realized that the real action was in the content. The value of the content was even more than what the network hardware cost. Naturally, they weren’t going to see any of that cash flow…. unless they had an arrangement with the media company.

Fast forward to Monday this week when Google and Verizon released a policy statement intended to replace network neutrality on the internet. Here’s the fine language.

In providing broadband Internet access service, a provider would be prohibited from engaging in undue discrimination against any lawful Internet content, application, or service in a manner that causes meaningful harm to competition or to users.

Actually, the policy paper was cover for the special arrangement between Verizon (the network provider) and Google/YouTube (the media company). Verizon’s FIOS TV (a video on demand system) will have "the fast Schwinn" when it connects to YouTube.com.

Now how do they expect us to believe that giving YouTube the fast lane, would not affect any of YouTube competitors? Indeed, the Google/Verizon Policy document is hogwash.

Just like any good con artist, Google and Verizon are such nice people who shouldn’t be disappointed. Don’t believe it for a second.

Thanks for reading FDL people! Hope you like this more than the other guys Net Neutrality Diary!

“Anonymous Sources” @ Washington Post Say FCC Chairman Going Nix Regulation

12:28 pm in Uncategorized by marinara

After Comcast won a lawsuit against the FCC that allowed it to continue to degrade certain internet apps for its own profit. Net-neutrality folks (everyone here right?) are waiting for the FCC to hit back.

a "Newspaper" called Washington post uses anonymous sources to say that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will not reclassify internet as a communications system. This is another victory for Comcast. If true.

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