[opendtv] Re: Watch FCC's Ajit Pai dress up as Santa and wield a lightsaber to mock net neutrality rules
- From: Craig Birkmaier <brewmastercraig@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:47:31 -0500
On Dec 22, 2017, at 8:23 PM, Manfredi, Albert E <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
Exactly right, John. Like I said, "it depends on who is doing the paying,"
wrt prioritization. The user, sure. And btw, you also pay for the speed of
your ISP service. Fair enough. The ISP does not play favorites among those
you do business with, on the Internet. (They can play these games on their
walled in TV service. That's a true "information service.")
Streaming TV service via the Internet cannot support hundreds of millions of
streams to U.S. homes WITHOUT paid prioritization. As I noted yesterday, the IP
routing techniques that were the basis for the early success of Internet
services are not capable of replacing the legacy MVPD services still used by
more than 90 million U.S. homes.
We had to invent new technology to make audio, and now video streaming possible
via the Internet. We will need to build out massive new bandwidth to move
everyone from the legacy services to broadband delivery of entertainment. And
the content owners will still be seeking to maximize revenues - the internet is
not going to change THEIR behavior.
Broadband is an information service Bert. Congress said so in 1996. The Supreme
Court said so in 2005. Get over it.
Whatever junk mail the post office delivers should never conflict with the
deliveries of the mail and packages you actually want. You wouldn't be happy,
I don't think, if the post office played favorites among companies you do
business with. Like, charge you more for mailing stuff to your bank, than
they would if you did business with the banks they're in bed with. That's the
Junk mail very much impacts the delivery of other mail. And now the postal
service is contracting with Amazon and others to fulfill their distribution as
well. I saw two mail trucks back to back yesterday to restock the delivery
carrier truck - the mail for that route did not fit in one truck. You are
fooling yourself if you believe that all mail gets through without blocking and
throttling, even if just by a day, or a few hours.
Same goes for any common carrier. Neutrality means that this generic pipe
does not play favorites among the *users* of that pipe.
But the Internet does not work that way. And increasingly it will not, as apps
with QOS guarantees take priority over apps that use standard IP routing. The
whole point is to allow the Internet to row and evolve to support everything,
including the stuff we have not even dreamed up yet.
Instead, Chairman Pai thinks it's perfectly okay for the ISP to play
favorites. He calls it innovative. He thinks that it's perfectly okay if
Internet service becomes a walled garden like AOL tried to be. AOL only lost
out because people had a huge choice of ISPs, in the dialup era. Now, they
don't. Our Chairman thinks the only thing that matters is that the ISP has to
disclose its greedy practices. Sorry, that doesn't cut it. He seems
Compuserve, AOL, the Time Warner Full Service Network and other attempts to
create walled garden information services lost out because we were offered a
far superior solution that consumers strongly embraced. This had NOTHING to do
with dial up ISPs - thankfully that era was short lived. The TW Full Service
Network was well ahead of its time, yet it died because Netscape Navigator
showed the world that this new thing called the Internet could provide a
neutral, level playing field for everyone.
It still does and will continue to do so, because it is entrenched in the
Thankfully we just got got the sticky fingered regulators and politicians out
of the loop...for now.
Government regulation of the Internet is to be feared, not embraced.
You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways:
- Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at
- By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word
unsubscribe in the subject line.
Other related posts: