Well but everybody uses caching for efficiency's sake. It's what Netflix's Open Connect CDN is all about. But I'm not sure that automatically economically justifies imposing an entirely new system of carrier middleman where this traffic becomes cap exempt.
Understand that many people (especially those whose primarily interactions is with the nastier agencies like the NSA) want to believe the government is ALWAYS acting with malicious intent. So to them, that sentence says the exact opposite, and suggests the FCC could be pushing manufacturers themselves to ban the firmware.
It's tomato, tomahto depending on your political beliefs and what part of the government you're used to dealing with.
Re: Things are as bad as they were proported to be
"I take issue with saying this is being blown out of proportion."
Yeah I'm really not saying this is being blown out of proportion.
I'm only taking issue with websites that reported that these rules were final (when this is an in-process NPRM), and those claiming the FCC is INTENTIONALLY trying to ban all third-party custom firmware.
Totally agree that the vague wording could be a HUGE problem.
People still believe the FCC is intentionally being malicious here, though I've been picking the brains of FCC-focused lawyers who claim that's conspiratorial thinking. If the FCC is engaged in a Machiavellian plot to intentionally ban all third-party firmware, I imagine that should make itself apparent pretty soon.
At which point I'll write up a follow up post admitting I'm a total sucker.
Yeah, it appears that they've shuttered their back-end systems to do a labor day weekend upgrade. Fortunately it looks like I missed the fact that the deadline for comment had previously been extended to October 9.
"As far as I'm concerned, I see no problem with T-Mobile going after these users, because chances are, they're the bots we all hate sending out spam texts everyone gets."
I have no problem with T-Mobile going after them either, as I think the article makes clear.
My problem is in marketing a limited product as unlimited (speed versus data consumption is irrelevant) and in Legere's specific approach in announcing what otherwise wouldn't have been that big of a deal.
The false bravado that they're being an industry leader by cracking down on heavy users is frankly just kind of stupid. Every ISP in existence is playing this cat and mouse game daily without a blog post patting themselves on the back for it.
Your data is unlimited except when you are on a congested tower and consume more than 21 gigabytes of cellular data per month at which point you'll be de-prioritized and oh did we also mention that if you use the device as a modem an entirely different set of rules apply at which point you are limited to 7 gigabytes of data before being deprioritzed unless you install a custom ROM at which point ignore this last bit.
"How dare you impugn the reputation of Russia dear sir, are you aware that (laundry list of countries) ALSO do ridiculous and horrendous shit?"
"Why no, thank you for this information good sir. As someone who spends the other nine hours of every day criticizing the United States government, this information had somehow escaped my clearly lagging attentions."