My prediction for 2016: not a damn thing will change. The FCC will balk at these price hikes and the FTC (the only regulatory power to actually take the teeth out of companies) will whine and bitch the FCC stole its thunder to "protect" consumers.
I also see the company changing its tagline: "Good luck with that."
"Yes, one's wearing a police uniform and the other an expensive suit. They're claiming 'civil forfeiture'. Help!"
"I'm sorry, sir, but 911 cannot assist you with your request. There's no one to police the police and the prosecuting attorney has a financial gain here. You're fucked, so just bend over and deal with it. Have a nice day."
A few years ago, Indiana released its "in god we trust" license plates, and it's been a problem since.
First: Indiana releases these plates as the default unless the person expressly states otherwise, which is absolute bullshit. It should be the non-verbiage version that's the default, and those who want the other should be required to ask for it.
Second: as noted by many who applied, any religious personal text plates, which aren't under this "god", have been wholly rejected. The reason: it's considered inflammatory (most likely to their religion).
Third: since when is a fucking government allowed to dictate what religion it pushes for its plates? That's the big problem, but of course, the ISC said, "Because the state can, now shut the fuck up and pay the country's highest excise tax on plates."
This is just another ruling in a long list of other issues run by racist, bible-thumping assholes.
Consumers are being trained there are places they can go to avoid ads. This statement comes from an industry which knows not the definition of irony, as when cable was introduced many years ago, one of the benefits was commercial-free programming.
Nickleodeon, MTV, TBS, and even AMC (yes, that AMC) all were commercial free in the early days of "cable".
Then someone woke up one day and said, "We can push ads like never before and customers won't have a choice!"
Then came the on-screen pop-ups. "Hey, watch our next show starting in 12 minutes!" followed by another "Watch this show on Thursdays!". Yep, this is called "value to consumers" by this industry.
The industry wasn't done. Not only did they get away of bilking people of their money by pushing ads and taking a monthly fee, throwing in pop-ups during the show, many cable providers push ads in their own cable guide, as to drive home that we, the consumer, are the product.
Cable can turn itself around, but not with the idiots running it today.
There's a fantastic older movie (I've yet to see come out on Bluray) called "Other People's Money". Stars Danny DeVito and Penelope Ann Miller in a show where Danny's character sees a small cable making company's stock high and decides to "cash out" but forcing the company to sell.
The closing argument he makes is awesome, and pretty honest in its delivery.
The movie ends with the company shuttering, only to be revived in changing from making cables to airbag mesh nets.
Bring us to 2015 and those stockholders in cable companies remind me of this movie. They'll hem and haw, refusing to see the world changing, while demanding business don't change in the hope their stock value only increases.
A slightly less shitty quarter also doesn't change the fact that the housing market continues to grow without bringing new cable subscribers along for the ride.
This is expected, given how many new customers these companies want and they'll pretty much do anything to get them, such as actually giving new customers decent rates on internet without needing cable.
The problem comes after the initial promo period (usually a year). At this point, ISPs get downright nasty and up the promo price to ridiculous levels.
When customers call to complain, they're FORCED into taking tiered packaging because that's how the discounts continue.
Remarkably, the FTC says Net Neutrality changes by the FCC will hinder them to do their job.
So what the hell is the excuse for the last 30 years, where cable price gouging has exploded faster than the rate of inflation?
Just recently, we had to literally argue with AT&T to reduce their rate.
It was the final straw. I told my wife, against her wishes, this is the last year of cable, so get used to watching stuff online.
This article is a travesty of ignorance and confusion, culminating in an attack on free speech and the most important law on the internet. Which means it's going to be treated as fact by the other masses of ignorance.
Perhaps someone should send a copy to Jenny McCarthy to see if she approves.