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  •  Better litigation from Comcast, etc now (9+ / 0-)

    than no net neutrality for the forseeable future.

    Wheeler's rationale is lame.  He's doing what the ISPs want.  Or at least is afraid to piss them off.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:32:06 AM PDT

    •  I'm pretty sure (0+ / 0-)

      what the ISP's want is to be in full control of every packet entering their network, to be able to cripple content competing with their own and to form content Oligopoly amongst non competing ISP's and content providers in order to smother competing ISP's.  That's pretty far from both of the proposals.

      •  It's already happening... (7+ / 0-)

        ...because of the proposals and lack of regulation.

        Netflix counts against your Comcast 250GB monthly data cap.  Movies and TV streamed from Comcast's video service StreamPix does not.

        Everyday Magic

        Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
        -- Clarke's Third Law

        by The Technomancer on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 07:56:41 AM PDT

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      •  You sincerely don't get why Comcast is (3+ / 0-)

        going to cripple other content providers from Hulu to Netflix to Amazon (or charge them outrageous fees) in order to provide competitive advantage to their own overpriced On Demand services?

        This ruling allows that.

        "If anybody is wondering about Tom’s qualifications, Tom is the only member of both the cable television and the wireless industry hall of fame. So he’s like the Jim Brown of telecom, or the Bo Jackson of telecom.” President Obama

        by JesseCW on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:18:42 AM PDT

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        •  Really, they don't even have to cripple them. (2+ / 0-)
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          Just leave the caps the same as bandwidth usage goes up.  Just don't count NBCUniversal, Comcast SportsNet, or content from other Comcast/NBCU properties towards the cap.  Do the same for On Demand/StreamPix content.

          Why bother crippling it when the price itself will do that for you -- if they even bother to charge you for extra space rather than shutting you off as a "network abuser" which is what usually happens if you go over that monthly cap?

          That's the endgame, not so much slowing don the competition, but crippling the competition's ability to deliver a product that can compete on the same level due to Comcast's ownership of the lines.

          Everyday Magic

          Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
          -- Clarke's Third Law

          by The Technomancer on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 02:30:38 PM PDT

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        •  You seriously don't get that Comcast (0+ / 0-)

          wants to do that and a whole lot more?  Comcast wants to throttle everything that they don't have a piece of.  Comcast wants to throttle everything entering and exiting their network.  Netflix is a drop in the bucket compared to what Comcast wants to do.  

          The question is the best way under current law to keep Comcast from having carte blanche to do that.  That may be a reclassification, the bad from that may be liviable enough to make it the best option.  It may also not be.

          •  The best way is common carrier status. (0+ / 0-)

            But there is zero chance that a Telecom lobbyist is on our side in this.

            "If anybody is wondering about Tom’s qualifications, Tom is the only member of both the cable television and the wireless industry hall of fame. So he’s like the Jim Brown of telecom, or the Bo Jackson of telecom.” President Obama

            by JesseCW on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:56:09 PM PDT

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