One thing the internet does NOT need is a central planner. Net neutrality is the solution to a non-existent problem.
» SFB says: I don’t know about you, but when I say “local monopoly,” I mean the fact that many cities only have one internet provider, which means those providers can hold an inordinate amount of control on how we use our connection. The result is that those internet providers can do stuff like this. Which is, in fact, an existent problem. What’s net neutrality? It’s when corporate entities can’t do stuff like that. — Ernie @ SFB
There is no technical reason why one data plan should be able to access FaceTime and another not.Public Knowledge lawyer John Bergmayer • Discussing a controversial letter written by AT&T describing why the company plans to charge more to allow the usage of the iOS app FaceTime on its network, forcing consumers to switch to the company’s new Mobile Share plans to use the service. Their reasoning? “The FCC’s net neutrality rules do not regulate the availability to customers of applications that are preloaded on phones,” the company’s Bob Quinn writes. The decision may violate the FCC’s neutrality rules, though the FCC hasn’t responded on the matter. Hey Apple: Consider taking the app out of iOS6 and instead putting it prominently on the App Store, just to screw AT&T over.
If Comcast is violating the administration’s orders, it should face significant penalties so consumers know they can count on the administration to protect it from anticompetitive conduct.Senator Al Franken • In a statement, after sending a letter to the FCC and Department of Justice, requesting an investigation of possible violations of the conditions that Comcast agreed to when the company merged with NBC last year. “When the Obama administration signed off on Comcast’s merger with NBC Universal, it laid out a set of rules to prevent Comcast from squashing its competitors,” added Franken. Comcast has denied allegations of wrongdoing, saying that its On Demand service is subject to cable rules, but not internet regulations. source (via • follow)
They didn’t say anything about cash or jewelry, but the SEC did side with three AT&T investors — including the Beastie Boys’ Michael “Mike D” Diamond — who believed that shareholders should have a vote in the company’s net neutrality policy, because it has become part of the national debate. AT&T argued that the vote would “directly interfere with its network management practices”, but ultimately the SEC ruled that wireless providers must now allow for shareholder votes on net neutrality proposals. Should such proposals pass, providers would be required to “operate a neutral network with neutral routing along the company’s wireless infrastructure.” source
» But only if you used Megaupload to store them. Megaupload wasn’t just a place to share pirated movies; it also served as webspace for people to store their personal documents, pictures, hard drive backups, and the like. But Megaupload didn’t actually own the servers on which its data was stored—they outsourced that two other companies. Now that Megaupload’s been shut down, its assets have been frozen, and so it can’t keep paying the storage centers their fee. So, according to a letter from the US Attorney’s Office, the two data centers could start deleting the data as soon as this Thursday. That would be a shame for many, many people (although it should have been clear from the outset that Megaupload wasn’t the wisest place to back up one’s data). An attorney for Megaupload says he’s “cautiously optimistic” that they’ll be able to keep the data from being erased.