I suspect that they aren't wrong about damage to their equipment. It is well known that gangs control access to phones in many prisons and jails. So in addition to paying off the prison itself for a contract, I suspect that this company also has to pay extortion to the gangs that control the access. Otherwise, their equipment will get damaged in an "unfortunate accident". Nor will they have access to their customers.
Reducing the rates this drastically won't allow them to continue to pay the current extortion rates.
It could be that when Netflix license content, they are required to report back to the content holder the number of viewers on the content. The license could be structured that the content holder gets paid different different amounts when the views crosses predefined thresholds.
This would incentivize content creators to produce shows that people want to watch.
It would also let a content owner figure out what the content is worth. When the license expires, they could use that information to decide what to price the next license agreement at.
What is different here from the networks is that Netflix needs stats for content owners, not advertisers. The content owners don't care about the demographics. Or at least they don't have to have that info like an advertiser would.
In my state (Cal), and I suspect most states, there is a state government level department who audits and regulates meters. I see their inspection stickers on the gas pumps and the scales at the grocery store. They even have a website: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/dms/
If a business chooses to sell their product by some unit of measurement, then they should fall under the jurisdiction of this department.
When AT&T sells me mobile service by the Gigabit, why can't I demand that my state audit AT&T to assure that they are measuring the bits correctly?
When Cox/Comcast/TWC implement datacaps, why can't I check with the CDFA to assure that their meter is correct?
I suspect the sad truth is that somehow Telcos and ISP's have managed to get themselves exempted from regulation.
That cover letter is a computer print out. That means he used some sort of editor. Why didn't he run the spell and grammar check before hitting "Print"? At least he would't appear to be a 8 year old turning in his first English assignment.
Here is an idea that might help the TSA. Stop with the mission creep. Focus on doing one thing, and one thing well.
Specially, why is the TSA now involved in drug interdiction and money laundering screening. Even their own blog boasts of finding pot, coke, bongs, etc. I've read many stories of TSA agents questioning people who are carrying cash, or seizing it.
So we now have a bunch of illiterate high school dropouts acting as sworn law enforcement officers.
I don't care that a fellow passenger might have coke in his bag. Or is carrying $15K in $100 notes. And they TSA shouldn't either.
By limiting the scope of their job to keeping weapons off of airplanes, and NOTHING more, then they might actually get a little better at it.
Sorry Cable. They don't seem the realize that the explosion of the student loan industry in the last 10 years has burdened their future customers with debts that will go on for 20 years. If they can even afford to have children, there won't be room in the budget for $150 a month of crap via cable.
Here is an idea. Rather than use RFID tags, why can't they just put good audio microphones at road checkpoints. The same place where they planned to put the RFID readers.
Anyone who has owned a dog knows that your dog knows when you car approaches the house within a block or two. That must mean that each car has a unique audio print that doesn't vary much. Perhaps it is a combination of the car and how the driver operates the car. In other words, not just the sound the car and motor make, but the pattern over a couple of minutes as you approach your own home.
Anyhow. Seems like using an audioprint as a second factor to identify a specific vehicle might be a good idea.