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  • I wonder if this will have as much effect as the opponents fear. Aside from MMORPG, what percentage of Netizens use the net for streaming data? I bought Roku, for example, about a year ago and I think I’ve watched only 3 movies. There may be those who get all their TV/Movies via the ‘Net just as there are those with cell phones but no land-line phones, but doubt they constitute either the majority or the wave of the future.

    I think we would be better served if anti-trust regulations prevented monopolies or near-monopolies such as the proposed Comcast/TW merger.

    • Very few things have as much effect as opponents fear.

      I have been told countless times that events would “end democracy as we know it,” and they never did so. I have been told almost as many times that “this is the most election in history,” and none of them were. The sky is always falling, and it never hits us on the head.

      • And so? Do you think that this is a good idea or not?

        As below I think this is a very bad step in the wrong direction. It is just one part of an across the board attack on small anything in favor of big anything.

          • Who said the sky is falling. Who said this is the straw that broke the camels back?

            What I said is that this is one more burden that is being added to the burdens that small businesses already bear. It is one more step towards the enshrinement of the already too big.

            I would say the proper allusion would be to the frog in water slowly being brought to a boil.

            I guess you would be the one saying isn’t this a lovely bath.

  • As a small specialty publisher in a market dominated by two enormous corporations, where the ability to provide online access is essential to maintaining market position I am very worried that I will find myself unable to compete.

    This is one more way where regulations support monopolists and near monopolists. I suspect that the time will come where the cost of entry will be raised to a level where only those with access to significant amounts of capital will be able to enter the information economy. I can foresee a day where I will have to give up a significant part of my revenue stream, which allows me to produce much better content than my competitors who are highly capitalized because they are far more concerned with profit rather than product, to the “guardians” of the net.

    In case you haven’t noticed there is a war going on. Small businesses, small countries, and individuals with less than multimillion dollar fortunes are in the cross-hairs. We are made to pay for and account for every little thing we do while the megamonsters are able to use those (to them) small payments and accounting to limit access to everyone else as well as to avoid paying their fair share.

  • FCC votes to move ahead on net neutrality plan
    On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to open for public debate new rules meant to guarantee an open Internet. Before the plan becomes final, though, the chairman of the commission, Tom Wheeler, will need to convince his colleagues and an array of powerful lobbying groups that the plan follows the principle of net neutrality, the idea that all content running through the Internet’s pipes is treated equally.

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