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The rise of The Schminternet:

...With their behavior on fixed broadband now hemmed in by regulations, the ISPs are, in effect, creating a secondary sort of internet that allows them more freedom to influence their customers' media consumption. Among insiders it is known as "the Schminternet." Seriously. The Schminternet. Blogger Jeff Jarvis coined the term in August 2010 after Google and Verizon announced that they had arrived at a joint framework for net neutrality regulations....
During the fight over the much-maligned Stop Online Piracy Act, the implacably irreverent denizens of Reddit took a moment to contemplate their future should the controversial bill become law. Under t...
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It's a shame that the governments of the world have to control everything instead of doing their jobs properly.
 
The problem isn't that governments have to control everything; the problem is that governments are overly influenced by moneyed interests. The moneyed interests want to control things, and when possible they use governments to achieve their goals.
 
Anyone with a buck or two will be able to circumvent all this control nonsense if you have at least a CCIE cert. Sarcasm noted, I hope ... borderline facetious.
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A few things would make me care little about their not so subtle incentive to consume their content ( that I don't want it anyway) over the much wider world:

. Give me a fair cap that reflects the real cost. I currently live comfortable inside 300 Gigs. That won't be enough some day but the data costs come down and the cap goes up over time.

. Give me upstream speed that I can actually use. We designed broadband to be symmetrical. We assumed symmetrical back when there wasn't an internet acting as a one way consumption medium. It is time to go back to the original design thought.

. If you don't count your own locally streamed content then don't count any traffic that doesn't cross the ISP's link to the internet.

. Since we're not counting local traffic then we'll make our own Bitternet. A smart variant of P-P that favours the local network. It self polices since unpopular (illegal) content has to cross the border and that counts against the cap.
 
the issue in the US is that we've forgotten that we don't work for the government... the government works for us.

And yes, if you've got the money there's a government official that is ready to jump in your pocket.
 
Just curious but could you not use Tor. to circumvent this ?
 
Not that Sony needed any help screwing up an IPTV offering, I think that is the first warning shot regarding this subject. We know Sony changed course, but how many great internet media companies will never be started because of this. Would Netflix be willing/able to start up their streaming today if they had to start over? This is going to stifle the growth on the traditional internet, and require people to approach the people holding the keys on different Schmiternets to ask permission for back room deals.
 
Glad you got a mention Jeff, but it stinks that it is from Media Matters. YUK
 
CISPA + Schminternet + FOIA = Free movies
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