Totally agree with the last bit. I cut my cable a few years ago and the only thing I miss is live events. There are a few sports streaming sites but they seem sketchy. I would much prefer a hi-def official channel for my sports.
I see a lot of dangerous stuff happening -- erosion of rights, militarization of police forces, silencing of critical speech, loss of privacy, secret laws, secret interpretations of existing laws, secret courts, corporate interests overriding national laws, legacy industries trying and failing to be relevant, lawyers taking over everything. All thanks to Techdirt. Knowledge is power and people need to know what is happening so they can put a stop to it. The Internet is a great level playing field, and we need to keep it that way to encourage the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. ~ Martin Niemöller
The previous TechDirt article (https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100517/1307209446) specifically mentions a "shadow" transit system in NYC that is largely unregulated. How is it that Lyft, Uber and other legitimate companies are shut out while the Transit Commission allows a grey market to thrive?