HOWEVER people are now saying "Yes! FCC! Ho! Just reclassify ISPs as common carriers and look! You can then regulate them! Yo!" [stupid exclamatory words and marks all mine]
This will not happen and here's why. Common carriers have a huge lobbying power and while they are indeed regulated by the FCC they've carved out enormous powers and freedoms for themselves. If every ISP was a common carrier, the current carriers would leave skidmarks in their shareholder-shorts.
They have worked long and hard so that the process to become a common carrier requires LENGTHY and EXPENSIVE regulatory and legal work in each and every state.
These companies would rather not that "anyone who wants to become a carrier can skip all that legal and regulatory work and just offer Inner-net."
These companies reap tremendous benefits, such as under-priced real-estate in Central Offices, access to building common areas and governmental rights-of-way, and others. THEY DO NOT WANT TO GIVE THAT UP. They have lobbyists to ensure that the US Congress and the Administrations FCC arm know this.
Look to ISPs to remain NOT a common carrier going forward for another ten years.
While the school works hard to bully this kid into not bringing what he wants, let's not forget that it's really the kid's fault he's getting bullied.
Let's also disallow girls from wearing skirts, because they're just going to encourage rape.
Zero tolerance is important so we don't allow the bullies and the rapists to have a perfectly legitimate right to do what they want to do because the victim had the wrong article of clothing or an accessory.
Or we can apply zero tolerance to bullying by school officials and remove anyone who creates or applies a zero tolerance policy.
The Obi-Wan Doctrine clearly indicates that in the event only one entity can solve the problem of the horrible business model the plaintiff chose upon itself, then that entity -- despite not being involved, and miles away -- must involve themselves to their own eventual death.
The FUD in this "article" is unlike what I've come to expect from Techdirt.
If the Italian guy wants to have a weak password THAT IS HIS RIGHT. Sorry Mr. Moody that you don't like it that other people have rights.
If his computer is used to host a botnet or attack a hospital (REALLY??? SERIOUSLY???) then that will be funny as hell because only an idiot would suggest that THAT is the reason for having a password or a secure one.
Computers are taken over all the time because Windows, not because insecure-password.
Get over yourself.
Ehud oh yeah, don't follow me on twitter. I am now going to check the byline on Techdirt articles. Masnick yes. Moody no.
I will be out of the country on vacation until Saturday, February 1. I will have limited access to email during this time. If this is an urgent matter, please contact my assistant, Vickie Huntley at (310) 788-1016 or email@example.com.
I'm writing to you in reference to your filed lawsuit representing Prince Rogers Nelson v Dan Chodera et al.
I write to inform you that I too have personally done many of the things you allege in your lawsuit are in violation of the law, and should be equally named alongside the named and John Doe plaintiffs.
Naming me should be easy. I provide full contact details below.
To be specific: 1. I use google. 2. I use facebook. 3. I use blogger. 4. I use song links. 5. I write to other people about song links and I read when other people write about song links. 6. I've acted in concerts many times. 7. I've entered into joint ventures and have been employed and employed others. 8. I've been to California many times, as recently as December 2013. During that time I did items 1-5 repeatedly. 9. I have bootlegged many items. Some repeatedly. Once a bottle broke and ran down my leg.
I couldn't stand idly by and allow other guilty people to be named while I stood idly by.
Ehud Gavron [ADDRESS REDACTED] (This is where I live, and tell the process server not to scare the neighors.)
[PHONE# REDACTED] (this is not where I live, but you can reach me at this number to send me threatening telefacsimile messages or threatening voice messages. Please don't mind the Prince background music... that's just to keep people from staying awake.)