In some places we've seen cities and towns install municipally owned cable systems that give more than adequate Internet speeds with much smaller monthly fees for Internet service. This might be a better option than Google Fiber if the installations are completed in a timely manner. It's possible the increasing monthly fees for commercial services is to keep profits up in a time of cord cutting. The commercial, for profit services need to increase Internet and TV monthly subscription fees as folks cut TV subscriptions. All this assumes it's not against the law to for municipalities to do this.
How about I trademark all the letters of the English language and any combination of them into words, including their various upper case forms. Sounds like it would be a goldmine or a money pit depending on lawyer's fees.
Because congress allowed transmission fees to be a thing. These fees are a major income source for local TV stations. Not sure if it's more than 50% of revenue, though, but could be. These fees help insure the very highest quality of the ten o'clock news. And also why we are so entertained by the increasing quality, number and length of commercials.
We don't have a dog or cat but do have motion detectors connected to the system, so if the Amazon delivery person opens the door, the alarm will sound. The cops will be around in a few minutes. Probably another reason not to get one of these lock.s
First, would the violation be criminal or civil? I suppose threatening violence could be criminal and subject to the penalties associated with criminal activity such as fines and prison time. Civil penalties might involve fines. The 1st amendment doesn't specify penalties for it's violation so some law must exist that sets them which could be at the local, state or federal level. Options might include job loss.
I don't know about the FTC, but the IRS is the organization that needs to be prepared. For the situation that the hackers beat an individual in submitting tax forms then upon receiving a later, second tax form based on the SS# of a previous submission the IRS needs a quick, effective notification and appeal process to solve the problem. It shouldn't be too hard to detect the fraud. Folks who owe money probably aren't fraudsters. There should be mailing addresses or checking/savings account numbers available for folks who get refunds and have had refunds in the past to cross check. Of course, people move and change banking. These cross checks might detect fraud requiring follow up by the IRS. Not sure how effective that, or any action, the IRS can take to mitigate the situation. And then there are state taxes to consider.If the fraud involves 10s of millions of tax submissions, things are going to get expensive for the IRS and very time consuming for individuals.
I was recently in Costco and walking through the TV section I noticed a large (55" ?) "TV" but the price sign said it was a monitor. It had all the usual inputs and outputs but I saw no coax input. I assume it had no over the air receiver, so you would need some other source - cable box, Chromecast, Roku, etc. IIRC, it was an LG but may be wrong.
You made one point I was going to make: regulation also involves restrictions on establishing a monopoly. Maybe I'm wrong but the only sanctioned monopolies involve patents and copyright. For patents there's a time limitation and even then patent holders can get around that by making slight "improvements" or changes to a product. Copyright seems now to grant a permanent monopoly.
The NSA probably didn't create an off switch for this software. The purpose of the software could be to disable specific target systems and if the IT folks were able to examine the code they might find the off switch. That doesn't mean one couldn't be developed but that would take time for both the NSA and particularly the folks managing the targeted systems. The intention may also be to shut down targeted systems for a fairly short time so some activity can't take place until the systems are replaced with redundant hardware. This could include shutting down defensive hardware during a military attack, or some such thing.
I watched the video yesterday and it seems Oliver depended on Murray's own statements and actions. They didn't need much, or any, interpretation. At another web site discussing the Murray lawsuit, it was mentioned that perhaps the use of the term Streisand Effect needed a new name. I suggested the Streisand-Murray Effect.
Companies could move their incorporations to East Texas as well as startups incorporating there. The Post Office will need to add new mailboxes and there will be new employment opportunities as jury members deciding patent cases. Might need a larger court house and additional judges. Incorporation lawyers might need to open offices there, too. The economy may boom. Then again, it's East Texas.
Many of the folks who supported DJT are getting or soon will get what they thought they wanted and are coming to realize, or will realize, it's not going to be good for them or the country. The White House and government agencies' swamps are getting larger and thicker as the billionaires wield their muck.