25 April 2014

FCC Proposal to Destroy Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (appointed by Barack Obama) obviously cares nothing about the public interest, net neutrality, an open internet or internet freedom. He is only serving his masters in the communications industry (ISPs) and and their lobbyists! This is the worst public policy to come out of Washington DC in years!

FCC proposal would destroy net neutrality | The Verge: "....The goal of net neutrality rules is to prevent service providers from discriminating between different content, allowing all types of data and all companies' data to be treated equally. While it appears that outright blocking of individual services won't be allowed, the Journal reports that some forms of discrimination will be allowed, though that will apparently not include slowing down websites. Nonetheless, allowing some websites to pay for preferentially treatment would inherently favor larger, more successful companies. A MAJOR CHANGE TO THE MEANING OF "OPEN INTERNET" The actual draft of the proposed rules has not yet been released, but the FCC did release a framework of the rules back in February. These proposed changes, however, are a large departure from the original Open Internet rules as well as what was shown earlier this year...."

F.C.C., in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane - NYTimes.com:  " . . . The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers....The new proposals, drafted by the F.C.C.'s chairman, Tom Wheeler, and his staff, will be circulated to the other four commissioners beginning Thursday, an F.C.C. spokeswoman said. The details can be amended by consensus in order to attract support from a majority of the commissioners. The commission will then vote on a final proposal at its May 15 meeting."

Samsung Galaxy Series Riding High on Overall User Engagement, but lukewarm Response to its Content and App Strategy.: "...Bonny Joy, Chief, Consumer Telemetry Platforms, said:  “Clearly, Galaxy Sx series have succeeded in creating more engagement by growing the overall pie, but its own content and media strategy is faring low at the moment. Galaxy S5 is a step-upgrade from the Galaxy S4, but as far as content and media is concerned, little has changed to draw consumer attention to its latest launch.”..."

Megaupload seeks return of millions in frozen Hong Kong assets ( - Legal - Security ): "...The company's assets were frozen by Hong Kong at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice around January 2012 after its operators, including founder Kim Dotcom, were indicted by U.S. prosecutors for allegedly profiting from large-scale copyright infringement. On Wednesday, the High Court ordered Hong Kong's Department of Justice to respond to Megaupload's filing by June 4...."

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