I find this amusing as well. Even Comcast has realized that offering half-hearted excuses only makes things worse, so they've been expanding caps without giving any justification at all (because there aren't any).
"I was right, still right, and going to continue being right until we are all dead of old age, still begging for regulation, any regulation, and have faith that the very organization causing this problem will somehow solve it?"
Right, like when the FCC blocked AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile, resulting in a huge burst of new competition from the surviving T-Mobile, ultimately revolutionizing S.O.P. in the wireless sector.
Speaking of old age, "all regulation is automatically bad" is an overly-simplistic mantra that's grown long in the tooth. In the real world, people have to actually stop, think, learn, and consider the merits or drawbacks of each instance of regulation separately.
I know that's fatiguing for those looking for intellectual shortcuts, but that doesn't make it any less true.
Yes, and I think their proposal is really about rules that allow them to potentially eliminate cable boxes, while creating a future where you still have to pay your cable provider for cloud-based DVR services, or whatever other creative, broken out services they can concoct.
Re: Let this one go; focus on more strategic battles
I tend to vacillate on this point. I do tend to agree that it may make more sense to focus on broadband competition policies, and as such I think thinks like the FCC's fight against state level municipal bans are hugely more important.
But then, if the FCC can pass policies that turns your 20 year window into a 5 year window, wouldn't everybody benefit?
Then again, the FCC may be fighting the cable industry on this for years before real rules even get passed, when they could be spending those calories, again, on broadband competition.
"The really sad part is that these fees are primarily paid for not by the prisoners, but by their families and loved ones, and those families often have the choice between bankrupting themselves or cutting off communication to their loved ones."
Silly, that's where the predatory payday loan system comes in and "helps!"
I find claims that "X" is always bad really boring.
Regulation is more complicated than it ALWAYS being bad, or always being the first solution to a problem. You have to actually stop and weigh each instance of regulation on its own merits, which is clearly too fatiguing for many.
"The Federal Communications Commission's recently proposed rules on the Competitive Availability of Navigation Devices, if adopted, will jeopardize the incredible evolution of video distribution services enabled by generally reasonable regulation."
Solid point except for that entire sentence being total bullshit.
"To all you "Pro Regulation" people. This is how regulation ALWAYS goes. There is no exception, there is no "other outcome". Regulation only provides one stop shopping for government corruption where businesses can show up and buy what they need to screw the little guy."
Like when the FCC and DOJ blocked the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, resulting in T-Mobile becoming more competitive than ever before, resulting in huge, cross industry benefits for consumers on all wireless carriers?
They never take action on broadband pricing or false advertising. Which is why you'll see ISPs consistently crow about how this sort of thing should be left to the FCC. But as the FCC has noted they do have some rate regulation authority under Title II.
Correct. On a per household level (streaming, patches, steam game downloads) we're not talking a huge allotment.
And one also needs to ask if ISPs will grow those caps alongside usage, or if they'll squeeze to make more profit from more people. As companies that need improved quarterly earnings bumps, I think the answer to that should be pretty obvious.
Brain fart, sorry. Was thinking "former Verizon regulatory lawyer" and wrote former commissioner instead. Or maybe it's wishful thinking, since I think the guy's an absolute revolving door regulation embarrassment.