The Internet will never satisfy its lust for Net Neutrality and Bandwidth

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I want to see this blow up in the face of its supporters SO bad.
It wouldn’t even be that unlikely, either.

—Patrick
 
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Some of the tech sites I follow have basically been running <Jackie_Chan_Meme.jpg> levels of incredulity about this, since the FTC’s attitude is basically, “The Free Market will fix itself” while knowing damn well that the capital outlay required to compete is basically beyond anyone who isn’t doing it already.

—Patrick
 

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As a libertarian, let me just be on record saying that the free market doesn't fix geographic monopolies, internet access is de facto infrastructure, and ISPs should be classified as "common carriers" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
 
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I know we talked about this at least once before in October, but maybe the idea is finally getting some traction and getting across to people now that actual tech folks are saying the same thing.

Ironically, Too Many Video Streaming Choices May Drive Users Back To Piracy -- Ya think?
Also, bonus points for using "ironically" correctly. So meta!

...buuuut maybe the people involved will still ignore it because they can't see through the dollar signs blocking their vision. Maybe.

--Patrick
 
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome

IMO they shouldn't approve ANY new satellites (from any country) until this is addressed. That won't happen, but it's what SHOULD happen.

I like SpaceX in general, however 4425 satellites shouldn't go up until there's a plan to deal with this.
How about having trash collectors in spaaaaaaaaaaceeeee (still one of my favorite shows). But really, I don't expect this to be addressed if/until it becomes a forefront issue, like with any other imperiled common resource (specially one so hard to stage sit-ins at for interested parties).
 
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome

IMO they shouldn't approve ANY new satellites (from any country) until this is addressed. That won't happen, but it's what SHOULD happen. I like SpaceX in general, however 4425 satellites shouldn't go up until there's a plan to deal with this.
https://www.satellitetoday.com/laun...s-lower-orbit-for-spacex-starlink-satellites/
I assume the lower orbit is as much to combat space debris as it is about lower latency.
How about having trash collectors in spaaaaaaaaaaceeeee
https://www.space.com/space-junk-cleanup-cubesat-oscar.html

--Patrick
 
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The convolution of the legal system is why we can't have nice things, I swear.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/4/20898779/fcc-net-neutrality-court-of-appeals-decision-ruling
Yeah I kinda feel the same way as Scalia about it. I mean, our phone systems aren't even switched any more, and yet somehow it still can't get classified as "a communication service." Our phone calls are literally routed over IP networks now, but noooo somehow my literal phone calls are still classed as mere "information."

BrandX needs revision. End of story.

--Patrick
 
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