I have broadband (20 down, 10 up), television, landline telephone, voip phone all on the same line. NO bandwidth caps for $80 CAD each month. This is with Ma Bell (Bell Canada). It can be done easily and cheaply. Americans are being screwed.
I just tested my current bandwidth (using CNET) and it is right where it normally is: 17.82 down, 10.69 up. I have my telephone and "cable" TV on the same line and am currently watching the superbowl (that slows down a little).
This is my ISP's (Bell Canada) standard speed, nothing extra. I get all of those services through one connection for a little over $80 CAD per month.
Your Comcasts, Time Warners, ands Verizons are lying through their teeth. Later this year they plan on adding another fibre optic cable and they say my speeds should double (50 down, 30 up).
Interesting that he includes the word "unlock". A few years ago, SCOTUS (which overrides any state's assembly) ruled that the government cannot force a person to insert their password or passcode to "unlock" a device. If your phone has a biometric lock (like a thumb print) they can force you, but you do NOT have to divulge any passcode. I think this can easily be projected to include providing the encryption password. A court of law vcan not order you to give your password.
I happen to live in Ontario and one of my favourite restaurant chains is "Fat Bastard's Burrito Factory. They are excellent and inexpensive (and huge!). The trademark officer that rejected the application must have been having a bad day at that time.
They already are. There has been a real hullabaloo in Minnesota for about 5 years now over this single issue. The state requires that all infants get a PKU test (blood test from the heel) at birth. The state has been storing these, WITHOUT parental consent for close to a decade and refuses to destroy them. They have also been caught sending copies of their database directly to the FBI. All children born in that state since the turn of the century are on record with "law enforcement" and will remain there for life.
The authors of this article are again being deliberately misleading. I happen to be a published author (of fiction, non-fiction, and software) and hold a U.S. copyright on all of them. I am, however, purposely difficult to find (keeps the governments of several countries away). I went through the dance several years ago with Google books and they did pull my works from availability on their site.
Under current law, declaring something an "orphan work" is written in Jello. All a publisher or producer needs to say in court is that they performed "due diligence" attempting to contact me and my rights are automatically forfeit. That lying publisher can then collect 90% royalties on my work and I am due less than 10%.
Regardless of what Techdirt's opinions on the subject, the creator of a work or IP is still due reimbursement. We don't do what we do for free or with altruistic motives. TPP would have basically removed any and all copyright protection from any work and allow a foreign corporation to have free rein to steal whatever they can and keep the profits.
This is precisely why I own (and wear at times) military spec body armor, Kevlar helmet and mask as well as a Russian made gas mask that's good against CS gas. Police have been allowed by nutcases like this to get totally out of control.
So far my self-defense measures are perfectly legal, BUT, the state of California has a bill pending in their legislature to make it illegal for "civilians" to own protective gear.
I read recently where the OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming) is doing the same thing and backing Quebec in their legislation. Unlike the U.S. Canada allows online gambling...as long as it is controlled by the Province or Federal Government.
I "upgraded" two days ago. My ISP had been urging me to do this for over a year because they want to dump the DSL and switch everybody to Fibre. It came out to 50% what I had been paying for DSL alone and it included wireless Internet, unlimited usage bandwidth, AND 125 digital television channels with DVR (also on the wireless with two TVs included)meaning I also dumped my cable provider. All of this for $79/month. I just tested my up/down speed on CNET and I went from 5Mbps to 14Mbps. I was told that should increase to 25Mbps by the end of the year as soon as they phase out all of their DSL people.
That was my thought precisely. I fully expect to see some idiot AG go to court for a writ to force a company to either paste the shreds back together or reconstruct the ashes of document that have been incinerated.
That's why my front and back doors are solid steel, commercially hung (open outward)with a two inch jamb to prevent it from being battered down inwards. It would take almost an RPG for SWAT to open either one of them.
I wish I lived in Chicago! I would carry a supply of "smelling salts" (Ammonia) on me at all times. The swabs and the detection devices test for only one thing...nitrogen compounds. Since 90% of all explosives contain nitrates, ammonia would fire off a false positive every time. That might get me banned from the El for life, but watching them go bananas would be worth it.