Australian broadband ISPs managed to get consumers used to usage limits much earlier in broadband's lifecycle there.
Netflix is throwing more gas in the fire in the US to try to prevent this exact scenario it seems. Also, if they are entering the market they should first grab as much audience as they can and then help start the fire, the questioning of such practice. If they are going that venue, keeping silent now may actually be a smart move to prevent ISPs from rejecting the established fast lane.
Here the fixed broadband seems to be going away from caps or fast lanes, specially because there is competition that is not tied to companies that own cable TV (at least in the metropolitan areas, truth be said). However, the wireless market is pushing ridiculous caps: pre-paid plans on one operator charge like $0,25 for unlimited connection but it's actually a daily 10 megabytes - yes, mega - with severe speed reduction afterwards. And they are trying to "upgrade" the plans to CUT the connection once the 10 Mb cap is reached because the speed reduction may confuse and enervate customers. Really.
It is amusing. I was watching the news these days (on a rare instance where I watch anything that's not via the Internet) and they were covering a fairly big drug bust (yeah, waste of time and resources and bla bla bla but that's not the point). When presenting the evidence computers were not mentioned even once and the phones were all incredibly old and low tech models. Does that ring any bells? If you want to fly completely off the radar you have to go as low tech as possible or full encryption. In the case from the mentioned coverage the US cops could have caught the conversations on the stingrays but really, simple spoken codes could render the stingrays useless.
And that, my friends, is law enforcement nowadays. Feeling any safer now?
Wow. Just wow. I'd call them dumbasses if we didn't already know these bastards know exactly what they are doing.
I say if they are FOR the idea of data retention are supporters of totalitarian regimes, slavery and other violations that may not come to light due to activist being harassed by the Government. Sounds nice eh? Let's start saying they support genocide and Human Rights violations and see how they react, shall we?
The mere fact that Youtube is deleting the content is a problem. Burying the content does not solve the problem and worse than that it can cause misinformation and instead of making people avoid the group they will support those poor minorities.
It's even worse that they are willing to completely stomp freedom of speech and other natural rights because of some small group of lunatics. It is unfortunate that there are morons like Castle and Carlin and it's ironic that they are using the same free speech mechanism they fight against to advocate the death of free speech.
It kind of makes sense to regulate them as utilities. You would pay a small fee dependent on the size of your pipe and then a very, tiny, little price for the data transferred. The cost of each Mb is negligible so in the end they would get much less, specially from the facebook/e-mail only customers.
Want to see them flip over in panic? Threaten to regulate them as utilities if they want to keep up with the data caps shenanigans.
One the one hand, does anybody that uses Facebook really expect privacy?
I think to a degree we should expect some privacy depending on the settings but really, you wouldn't post your schedules and life details on a sign on a public street but when you add "on the Internet" suddenly people throw common sense out of the window.
Facebook is just one of the privacy problems out there.
So basically cable subscribers are paying for the privilege of watching advertisement and half-baked content. Even if they use their ISPs position it's hardly going to help: with their bloated costs it's much cheaper to set up a VPN via https to thwart any attempt of throttling and keep on Netflixing or torrenting.
They are just increasing the poison dose being injected in their veins.
Even taking into account 9/11 I have yet to see a more aggressive reaction to some high profile crime. And we are talking about some petty street criminals here. As for the terrorism crew I refuse to brand them terrorists. They are just stupid criminals.
The NSA fanboys in the Government won't change opinions unless some of their friends suffer real damage from the hands of the secret services due to surveillance. A misinterpreted call, ambiguous metadata and a shot to the head. They believe they are immune to those things.