[opendtv] Re: B&C: FCC, FTC 'Net Neutrality MOU Gets Panned, Praised
- From: Craig Birkmaier <brewmastercraig@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:14:54 -0500
On Dec 11, 2017, at 11:23 PM, Manfredi, Albert E
I understand that the Republican Party has been dubbed "the party of stupid"
for the past several years. But just how stupid are they?
Funny, I guess I travel in the wrong circles - I’ve never heard this “party of
stupid’ terminology. Not that I disagree.
But “stupidity” in Washington is just a cover for what the establishment is
really doing. A term I have heard many times as it relates to the political
establishment is “The Law of Unintended Consequences.”
Does it really matter if one side calls the other stupid, if they get away with
selling legislation as doing one thing, while they all know it will do
something very different?
The 1992 Cable Act is a great example - the act was going to control runaway
cable rates. But in reality it was a thinly veiled effort to give the media
oligopoly - protected by FCC regulation “in the public interest” - the ability
to swallow up pay TV competitors and generate a lucrative second revenue stream
for broadcasters, even as the cost of “the Bundle” continued to increase at
twice the rate of inflation.
Wake up, genius. Where do you see anything about "working together to protect
consumers from any unfair or anticompetitive practices"? Show me!
In the FCC Restore Internet Freedom Order and the MOU issued yesterday.
Wake up stupid!
On the contrary, all you see is that less than a handful of special interests
only need to INFORM US of their anti-competitive practices. And having done
so, they are free and clear. This Chairman calls such anti-competitive
Yes they are free and clear to COMPETE Bert.
If any existing ISPs choose to implement anti-competitive behavior they do so
at their own risk.
First in a marketplace that is growing increasingly competitive;
Second, at the risk of FTC anti-trust enforcement.
What is far more important, is to allow the marketplace to decide what is anet
neutrality violation and what is innovation. If a popular practice like “Zero
Rating” evolves into anti-competitive behavior causing consumer to complain,
then the appropriate agency can pursue enforcement action.
Is it even possible that every Republican in Congress is equally dumbass?
Sure. Just like their peers across the aisle.
I would note that it is mostly Democrats, from gerrymandered minority
districts, who help to give Congress the low popularity ratings they so richly
No need to name names, you know who these idiots are. We just sent one to
prison for five years, who represented one of the most gerrymandered
Congressional districts in the country.
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