A controversial issue in today’s life within the United States is Net Neutrality. As of now, Internet Service Providers are classified as an Information Service, and therefore not bound by Common Carrier Laws. Common Carrier is when a service provider is not allowed to discriminate on the resources used through their lines. In example, an electricity provider is not allowed to prevent solar energy from being served on their lines (if this was possible). A more realistic example is that a telephone service provider is not allowed to prevent a call within the +1 country code to be prevented.
Under current laws, the ISP (Internet Service Provider) is allowed to block or throttle your connection to services that you paid for with or without a rationale of why. In the United States, most people have one or if they are really lucky – 2 broadband providers that is not a cellular connection. This is typically a competition of Cable TV providers such as Comcast, or Time Warner Cable, and Fiber Optic which is usually set up by telephone service providers, and Google. Now, if you want to watch a video on Netflix, and the ISP wants to throttle or block your connection to Netflix, they are allowed to do this without reason. Your option is to go to another provider, but if they are the only broadband service, you have been basically held hostage. Continue reading Net Neutrality
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The FCC has approved the acquisition of NBC with Comcast. And while there are conditions in the acquisition that will be beneficial, I am reluctant in putting my stamp of approval on it just yet. There are a number of reasons of why as well. First, NBC is a part of Universal Studios which is a major movie production company. Next, NBC is a major holder of Hulu, and while that has to be absolved as a condition, that is not the right way. And then there is Comcast’s we screw everything up policies they seem to have (at least with my experience with them).
So, with the acquisition of NBC, this could mean that movies produced by Universal studios will be less likely to go to competitors such as Netflix, or now Hulu. Imagine being a Time Warner customer, and not getting that latest hit summer movie from Universal on Time Warner Pay Per View just because Comcast wants to make sure that Comcast customers get their fill first. Keep in mind that in 99.99% of the US, there is only one cable provider, so they really don’t even compete. In addition, imagine Netflix, nor Hulu getting any of this content simply because Comcast doesn’t want it. Yes, there are shows on Hulu from Comcast owned networks, but this is not the full allotment, as that will compete with their flagship service (cable television). Continue reading Comcast + NBC = OMG
There has been some talk for a few years about net neutrality. Many ISPs are against it as they say it would be unfair, and if they capitalize on special relationships with particular media venues, they would be violating it. However, we all seen where certain uses of the Internet has been throttled or killed completely by the same company that says Net Neutrality would hurt.
Well, I do understand what the ISPs are saying in their “innocent” claims, but let’s face it, they sought to maximize profits while claiming how they are being hurt. It has been shown where the ISPs as a whole has more than enough bandwidth. So, I have a few suggestions.
Continue reading How the Internet Should Be Handled?