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  1. Mar 11, 2014 #1
    Here’s How Comcast Plans to Rule American Cable and Internet
    http://www.wired.com/business/2014/03/comcast-opinion/

     
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  3. Mar 11, 2014 #2

    Evo

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    I officially was notified last week in a letter thy sent, I'm currently with Time Warner. :(
     
  4. May 15, 2014 #3

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    The death of net neutrality is going to place a significant amount of power in their hands even if they don't merge.

    It's already hitting some startups:
    http://www.technologyreview.com/new...t-fast-lane-is-already-hurting-some-startups/

    And I don't look for congress to step in any time soon. The only expert advice they get is from lobbyists. They killed the program that gave them expert advice on technology in 1995.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20...ely-to-remain-clueless-about-technology.shtml

    So one might as well talk to a tree when it comes to problems in ultra strong IP, anti-trust, privacy, and a large number of other issues in technology. Everyone is an expert I guess =/
     
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    Apparently the millions of people that support him
     
  8. Nov 11, 2014 #7

    SixNein

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    I think it says a lot about the state of our politics when people like him are taken seriously.
     
  9. Nov 11, 2014 #8

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  10. Nov 11, 2014 #9

    SixNein

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    My above post from MIT contradicts the claims being made by republicans.
     
  11. Nov 11, 2014 #10

    dlgoff

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    Exactly. :)
     
  12. Nov 11, 2014 #11

    Vanadium 50

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    Well, I for one would hope that the President does not use his office to reward his supporters and punish his enemies.

    As far as the argument "Ted Cruz is against it so I must be for it", well, personally, I don't want to let Ted Cruz do my thinking for me.

    While "neutrality" sounds like a good thing, and Comcast is (IMHO rightfully) one of the most hated companies in America, this is a much more complex issue than can be decided by "Comcast and Ted Cruz don't like it, and in any event, who doesn't like neutrality?" Indeed, many networks try very hard not to be neutral - the term is Quality of Service (QoS). If I am streaming video (or more importantly, audio), I need the packet to arrive within a very small window - measured in milliseconds. If I am downloading a new release of Linux, I have more flexibility and can better tolerate delayed packets. If you don't like the carrier imposing a surcharge on streaming video, perhaps you would agree to a discount for a lower QoS.

    Of course, there are many variations of this, and people have different opinions on what the best policy is. But "net neutrality" is more a slogan than an actual policy.
     
  13. Nov 12, 2014 #12

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    The Tech Review no longer has a direct connection to MIT, despite the name. TR is published now by an independent media company, though MIT owns the company.
     
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  14. Nov 12, 2014 #13

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    I don't think anyone is making the argument that an operator shouldn't be able to prioritize streaming over email traffic. We are talking about the ability to adjust priorities based on non-technical reasons. What streaming services should we give priority to and which ones should we deny? Those kinds of questions are what the debate is all about.
     
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