It's not fake news. The news report was that a dossier was included in intelligence briefings. That is 100% true. CNN didn't make it newsworthy, the intelligence officials did when they briefed the president elect.
You know what's ACTUALLY fake news? That Obama was born in Kenya. Or that Cruz's father helped assassinate JFK. Or any one of a hundred blatantly false things Trump said during the campaign, and continues to say now.
No doubt the filing in Massachusetts was intentional because they have a very weak anti-SLAPP law. It only protects cases that involve speech directed at the government. However, it is possible that Techdirt could fit into a broad interpretation of the guidelines since they usually are talking about government-related topics like lawsuits and policy making.
Mike has contributed more to the world through Techdirt than you ever will. If you cared about facts or truth, you wouldn't be so butthurt. Now take your foolish ass outside while the adults are talking.
They aren't trying to measure user satisfaction with Comcast. They are trying to measure how much they can get away without boiling over into the news media. As long as they keep user rage under those levels they don't have to worry about regulatory action.
Let me start by saying that I'm no fan of Verizon. I think the best thing about them is that, hey, at least they aren't Comcast. I currently hold a grandfathered unlimited plan with Verizon. So, I love a good point-and-laugh article about one of their press releases, but this part got to me.
As its opening salvo, Verizon repeats its claim that a 17% rate hike isn't a rate hike if you squint and look at the numbers in just the right way:
Myth: Verizon is raising prices with its new plans.
Reality: The price per GB is lower, across the board. The price went from $30 to $17.50 per GB on the S size plan and from $5.56 to $4.58 on XXL.
This is, of course, not unlike the cable industry trying to claim you're not really paying too much for cable because you're now getting more amazing value per channel. In reality, usage caps are already arbitrary constructs with no ties to real-world costs, and Verizon's entire plan structure is carefully built to drive as many customers to the most expensive data plans. Plans they may not need, but sign up for simply because they have no idea what a megabyte even is, and want to avoid any risk of absurd $15 per gigabyte overage fees.
Can we at least acknowledge that the price per GB is being lowered? One of our main complaints is that they overcharge per GB, so they should at least get some credit for reducing that number. Otherwise we just seem biased.
Instead, I would focus on two things. First that the price of entry has increased. Second that Verizon doesn't value every GB equally.
They need to called out on the fact they they are trying to make Internet access a premium product. Between higher costs for entry level plans and zero-rating of their own content they are expressing that access to independent, unfiltered information is not for the poor. I don't like that message one bit.
The second point is what strikes me the most. Verizon apparently values it's precious bandwith less if you're willing to write a bigger check. Why are we not calling them out for this? It undermines essentially every argument they make defending their pricing. Lower-tier plans which are more likely to get overage charges are more expensive per GB. Higher-tier plans which you might expect to be used more are less expensive per GB. It's completely backwards and suggests a cynical focus on forcing the customer to trade off overage charge fees vs unused pre-paid data.
A deeper dive into why we are so critical would be better than just harping on the fact that the new number is bigger than the old number.
I don't know why Techdirt is complying with the wishes of this person. If s/he filed a lawsuit without merit, and now regrets it, s/he can't just say 'sorry' and have the past erased. Frivolous lawsuits cost the defendant emotional and financial harm. Any request by this person to erase their mistakes should only be honored if they have provided restitution to the victim. I very much doubt that has happened.
Until restitution is paid, I say crack open the case and post a new story.