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YouTube, following Netflix, is now publicly shaming internet providers for slow video - Quartz
@YouTube launches a new ISP-blaming message for poor streaming quality; now, when a video buffers or has trouble streaming, an 'Experiencing interruptions?' message pops up below the video:
Netflix  YouTube  netneutrality  transparency  ISP  cable  provider  USA  oligopoly  monopoly  Net  Neutrality 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
It's official: Comcast and Time Warner Cable announce $45.2B merger | VentureBeat | Business | by Jordan Novet
Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the largest and second-largest cable providers in the U.S., respectively. [...] federal regulators could challenge the deal, just as they have pushed back on mergers of big mobile service providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile. + The Tek 0096: Comcast & Time Warner Wouldn't Hurt a Fly + http://youtu.be/5UbanGbiEPA?t=9m9s + 30:06min in - all this comes back to the fight of the Middleman to try hardest to stay relevant in the future of distribution of digital content. Whether it be music, movies, tv, tv-series, and any other digital content. The future is about b2c, currently its about b2b2c. The middleman will fall away, but it is fighting back. Remove a middle man and get rid of the mark-up. + http://recode.net/2014/02/12/heres-why-the-biggest-cable-company-in-the-country-thinks-it-can-get-bigger/ + http://recode.net/2014/02/13/comcast-time-warner-cable-deal-faces-significant-review-in-dc/ + http://youtu.be/bJOZEVQOfNc
oligopol  monopoly  crony  capitalism  Time  Warner  Comcast  USA  corporatism  corporate  governance  corporate  media  NBC  generalelectric  GE  antitrust  collusion  infrastructure  investment  infrastructure  middleman  Music  Industry  Hollywood  Entertainment  Industry  Entertainment  Games  Industry  ISP  digital  content  digital  economy  digital  natives  digital  artist  Verizon  cartel  Mafia  AT&T  Netflix  netneutrality  Net  Neutrality  net-neutrality  Netzneutralität  bandwith  metering  Internet  tiering  Internet  metering  public  policy  innovation  barriers  to  entry 
february 2014 by asterisk2a
Sascha Lobo über DSL-Flatrates: Die Telekom erdrosselt das Internet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Telekom verkauft ab Mai 2013 kastriertes Internet. Dabei handelt es sich nicht bloß um eine neue Kundenzumutung in einem nicht eben zumutungsarmen Bereich. Sondern um ein Großpolitikum der digitalen Infrastruktur, ein Menetekel der Netzgesellschaft, ein Angriff auf das Internet selbst. Denn die Telekom verabschiedet sich - auch, wenn sie das vermutlich mit wolkigen Definitionsumdeutungen bestreiten würde - mit der Drosselung en passant vom Prinzip der Netzneutralität. Eigene Dienste wie "Entertain" (das Streaming-Angebot der Telekom) zählen nicht zum Datenvolumen und sind von der Drosselung ausgenommen. [...] Derzeit lässt sich bis auf wenige Ausnahmen nur zwischen zwei Providergruppen unterscheiden: die, die Netzneutralität abschaffen wollen und die, die noch nicht zugeben, die Netzneutralität abschaffen zu wollen.
Telekom  2013  netneutrality  Germany 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
WikiLeaks - Careful When Shooting the Messenger - NYTimes.com
Still, there is one important parallel: A U.S. prosecution of Mr. Assange would carry significant downside risks for the United States. The issues at stake were described neatly in a recent policy paper by Google, about government efforts to disrupt the free flow of information on the Internet.
The paper does not mention WikiLeaks; it was widely seen as a broadside against China’s policy of filtering the Internet, after Google’s run-ins with the censors in Beijing. But it contained a useful summary of the different kinds of censorship practiced around the world, including this tactic: “Encouragement of self-censorship through means including surveillance and monitoring, threats of legal action and informal methods of intimidation.”
wikileaks  USA  freedom  media  2010  Google  internet  netneutrality  censorship  politics  law  power 
december 2010 by asterisk2a
F.C.C. Weighs Possible Rules for Wireless Internet Service - NYTimes.com
“I think it has the appearance of the F.C.C. kicking the can down the road,” said Derek Turner, research director for Free Press. “The job of the F.C.C. is to protect the public interest. That includes making the really hard decisions that may anger some powerful industry incumbents.”
FCC  netneutrality  USA 
september 2010 by asterisk2a
Google and Verizon Offer a Vision for Managing Internet Traffic - NYTimes.com
The proposal says Internet providers should treat all providers of Internet content the same, and should not be able to block them or offer them a paid “fast lane.” It says the Federal Communications Commission should have the authority to stop or fine those who break the rules.

But the proposal includes exceptions for wireless Internet access and for potential new services that broadband providers could offer, including things like “advanced educational services, or new entertainment and gaming options.”

The announcement is the latest move in a high-stakes battle over a principle known as net neutrality. The debate is over whether Internet users should be able to access all types of online information on an equal basis, or whether Internet service providers should be able to charge content companies for faster transmission.
netneutrality  Google  verizon  ISP  2010  Video  VOD 
august 2010 by asterisk2a
Internet Freedom
Internet Freedom is about sustaining the era of permissionless innovation that has characterized the first fifteen years of the commercial Internet in this country and brought us thousands of new big profitable companies, millions of jobs, and a vast array of new services and devices that have changed our lives and made them better.
netneutrality  internet  freedom  debill  FCC  DOJ  censorship  politics 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
The Killer App of 1900 « PubliCola
“Electric lights are different. Electricity is not in any sense a necessity, and under no conditions is it universally used by the people of a community. It is but a luxury enjoyed by a small proportion of the members of any municipality, and yet if the plant be owned and operated by the city, the burden of such ownership and operation must be borne by all the people through taxation.

“Now, electric light is not a necessity for every member of the community. It Is not the business of any one to see that I use electricity, or gas, or oil in my house, or even that I use any form of artificial light at all.”

Unlike water, which had but a few purposes and was hard to turn to others, electricity was a different kind of technology, and contemporary citizens had a difficult time seeing past Edison’s light bulbs and Times Square.
electricity  broadband  history  FCC  netneutrality  usa  economic  growth 
april 2010 by asterisk2a

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