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Tech at Night: Is the left-on-left fight over Net Neutrality a smoke screen?
When new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans for a new Net Neutrality order, I wasn’t surprised. Despite having lost in court twice, first in Comcast v FCC and then in Verizon v FCC, the radicals weren’t going to give up on this. They were going to try a third time. And we knew he was a radical once he hired Gigi Sohn.
Some are trying to make it sound like a minor technical point, but the radicals want to take over the Internet. They’re following the Obamacare playbook with an end goal of Single Payer Internet. Wheeler put in one minor concession to reality in the form of ‘fast lanes’ being expressly allowed. Paying for what we use, and paying for even better access are good things of course, which is why we’re seeing Netflix moving to tiered pricing to charge HD users more for the bandwidth they’re taking up.
So now Wheeler is in a fight with the radicals that may or may not be real. Remember last time the radicals insisted nothing short of Title II Classification (a dramatic step that literally would regulate Internet the same as phones), when guess what? Even Title II allows fast lanes.
So it’s all just a smokescreen. They want all the government they can get.
Disappointing to see NRO siding with Democrat-heavy Hollywood (MPAA lobbyist) pushing for more government.
Broadcasters get favorable regulations all the time, so it’s interesting hearing even them admit the FCC actions get to be “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion”.
Speaking of arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion, House Democrats are backing FCC’s rigging of spectrum auctions in ways that will cost broadcasters money.
So now Mozilla is going to ram ads down your throat to fund their extremist agenda. Remember, with Brendan Eich they proved it’s not about the tech. It’s about the far-left politics.
Bad tech reporting: Wireless routers routinely can run more than one independent network. For example every Apple Airport Extreme does this, and lots of other routers these days are offering it, too. The idea that an ISP may offer free wifi hotspots from your modem isn’t a security risk at all. In fact the only real problem would be if they wanted to charge you for the data used by others, but there’s no evidence that’s happening.
Bitcoin and crime watch: Well, technically, Dogecoin just got its own Mt. Gox scam, Dogevault.
The gut-the-NSA bill, favored by Russia, er I mean, Edward Snowden, is getting gutted in the hopes it’ll pass that way. I still say Snowden must turn himself in and plead guilty to everything before we even consider acting on his claims, which are now being used to sell Glenn Grennwald’s new book, mind you.