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BGP can be a beast. But the number of financial blocks in this does make it... interesting.

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As a result, traffic flowing into the affected networks started passing through Rostelecom's routers. The hijacking lasted five to seven minutes. When it was over, normal routing was restored. The event is nicely captured in a graphic here, which uses BGPlay.


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He also cautioned that Facebook and Google possess greater access to consumer privacy compared to internet service providers such as Verizon.

Wrong. Sites have access only to traffic destined to what they control. Your ISP has access to all of your traffic. Which has greater access?

Number one there was no problem to solve, the internet wasn’t broken in 2015. In that situation, it doesn’t seem me that preemptive market-wide regulation is necessary.

Except perhaps ....
* AT&T intentionally blocked iPhone users from using FaceTime unless they signed up for significantly more expensive mobile data plans [1]
* MetroPCS blocked all access to video on its introductory plans to drive users to costlier plans if they wanted the "full internet experience." [2]
* A small ISP named Madison River decided to block a competing VoIP provider. [3]
* AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile blocked their users from using Google Wallet to help prop up their own mobile payment services. [4]
* The longstanding allegations that Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and others intentionally let their peering points get congested to kill settlement-free peering and force content and transit providers to pay an additional toll. [5]

Yup... .there have been no problems at all.

It’s going to be tremendous. I did a town hall with Congresswoman Blackburn in Tennessee not long ago [...]

Maybe you should look exactly at what Marsha Blackburn has done in the past...
https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=marsha+blackburn

Someone who thinks the Government should censor the internet (get rid of "Fake News"), who promotes protectionist laws, and who screwed over her own constituents is who you're mentioning (and doing a town hall with)?

I think the best solution would be for Congress to tell us what they want the rules of the road to be [...]

No, that wouldn't be the best solution. That would be a loophole ridden mess. Even your own suggestion cannot be done if you remove the Title II classification. The courts have already ruled on this. Without Title II you cannot place the rules you've brought up on an ISP.

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https://www.techdirt.com/blog/wireless/articles/20120822/11243320124/att-tries-to-tapdance-around-net-neutrality-regulations.shtml
[2] - https://www.wired.com/2011/01/metropcs-net-neutrality/#seealso4caf81f8cdb49bca77d1d89d25ba3015
[3] - https://www.cnet.com/news/telco-agrees-to-stop-blocking-voip-calls/
[4] - https://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Opinion-Verizon-Wireless-is-Being-an-AntiCompetitive-Ass-126556
[5] - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140413/15112526896/yes-net-neutrality-is-solution-to-existing-problem.shtml



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In other words, schools and universities have effectively been paying to lobby against changes to Australian copyright laws that would be very much in the interest of themselves, the public, and writers, who could use copyright materials more freely under a fair use system.

#techdirt #copyright

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This bill serves no purpose other than to take power away from the Librarian of Congress and give it to powerful lobbyists who will have a major say in who runs the Copyright Office. The bill will now move to the Senate where it is also likely to get an easy approval, and no doubt the President will sign the bill (which gives him more power, even if he's shown little sign of actually appointing people to the nearly 500 open positions which this will add to).

#techdirt #copyright 

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We've pointed to it and quoted from it at length many times over the years, but even now, 176 years later, it still remains one of the best statements on how over-monopolizing ideas creates real harms. It's a part of the lesson that supporters of copyright and patents either ignore or wish to hide.

#techdirt #copyright #intellectualproperty


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Pai apparently "forgot" the time that AT&T intentionally blocked iPhone users from using FaceTime unless they signed up for significantly more expensive mobile data plans. Or that time MetroPCS blocked all access to video on its introductory plans to drive users to costlier plans if they wanted the "full internet experience." Or that time a small ISP named Madison River decided to block a competing VoIP provider. Or that time AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile blocked their users from using Google Wallet to help prop up their own mobile payment services. Or the longstanding allegations that Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and others intentionally let their peering points get congested to kill settlement-free peering and force content and transit providers to pay an additional toll.

#techdirt #netneutrality #fcc

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From 2014... How appropriate it's coming back to this. The difference between "information services" and "telecommunications services" (Title I vs. Title II). But, what do you expect from an Ex-Verizon regulatory lawyer?

Oh, and it can't be said enough:
Comcast and Verizon are just pipes. The dumber the better.

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That’s it. That’s the whole mistake. The wrong words. The entire American internet experience is now at risk of turning into a walled garden of corporate control because the FCC chickened out and picked the wrong words in 2002, and the court called them on it twice over. You used the wrong words. The court even agreed with the FCC’s policy goals — after a bitterly fought lawsuit and thousands of pages of high-priced arguments from Verizon and its supporters, Judge Tatel was convinced that "broadband providers represent a threat to internet openness and could act in ways that would ultimately inhibit the speed and extent of future broadband deployment."

Too bad you used the wrong fucking words.

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Odds are, there are a great many people who wrongfully served more jail time than Dookhan rightfully did. The fallout from this is going to cost Massachusetts taxpayers a whole lot of money. Not only did they pay Dookhan to not perform her duties for several years, but they'll be on the hook for the inevitable lawsuits this mass exoneration will produce.

#techdirt 

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We asked the Senate if there was any way we could get a (heavily redacted, obviously) image of a Senate ID with the "photo" smart chip but (not at all surprisingly) that request was rejected. So, instead, we've got this artist's rendering of what something like it might look like, more or less

#techdirt #senate 
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