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  1. 6 points
    I hope that you have better critical thinking to offer than the above. It is more or less analogous to the "Obama supported it, so I am opposed to it" attitude. Net Neutrality is not a partisan, us vs them issue. It has significant support across the aisle. Those who are opposed to Net Neutrality tend to be few and fall into one or more of these camps: ISP entrenched interests who hope to maximize profits from anti neutral actions anti government and/or free enterprise zealots who believe that the market inherently produces the best or deserved solutions people who are ignorant of or have been misled about the actual tenets of Net Neutrality comment spam bots Lastly, characterizing Facebook, et al., as "the Oligopolies" comes across as mildly ironic, since the real concern of Net Neutrality is the oligopoly or even monopoly hold that ISPs have over so many home broadband consumers. AJ
  2. 3 points
    So are you just going to ignore the anti-competitive practices that existing ISPs use to keep new providers out from their territories? And again, we are several years away from 5G deployment, with or without government interference. It's not going to cover every neighborhood and reliability won't be guaranteed. 5G will not be a safeguard to NN. You keep blaming the wrong people for the lack of competition.
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    No, I, as the consumer do not want to be charged twice, once for the connection and another time for streaming or consuming content by my ISP. The content provider pays for the connection on their end and I pay for mine. I also do not want my ISP to use paid lanes to favor certain content over others.
  5. 3 points
    Well, not all opinions are created equal. I supported mine. You did not. So, as it stands, your opinion is unsubstantiated and/or ignorant. AJ
  6. 2 points
    Give me a fucking break. Stop with your "alternative facts" bullshit. This is documented anti competitive behavior from the telecom industry by leading the charge, funding, and actually writing anti municipal broadband legislation -- out of fear of public works treading on its private enterprise rent seeking. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/01/who-wants-competition-big-cable-tries-outlawing-municipal-broadband-in-kansas/ AJ
  7. 2 points
    It is a chicken or the egg scenario. Free marketers questionably believe that regulation is the overwhelming impediment to investment in the last mile broadband sector, that extreme deregulation inherently will lead to innovation from incumbents and competition from new market entrants. Never mind other barriers to entry -- entrenched incumbents, high startup costs, largely fixed market size -- that are characteristic of near, if not absolute natural monopoly, such that innovation and competition are not guaranteed to arise or may take an unacceptably long time to materialize. AJ
  8. 2 points
    The problem with this repeal is that the ISP industry simply does not function as a free market in current form. Google, with near-infinite (and certainly more than many existing ISPs) financial and legal resources, has had so much trouble getting a foot in the door in this market that they've suspended expansion. On top of that, our economy is so heavily dependent on the internet that any drastic change in pricing from all ISPs could have a real impact on the entire country. Now, I know that sort of thing won't happen any time soon because at that point the ISPs would incur the wrath of Congress, but all other things being equal the cost of using and doing business over the internet can (and likely will, though gradually) substantially increase without net neutrality regulation in place. You can nitpick industry market details, but there would definitely be a macro impact on productivity if every business had to handle the added overhead of paying for separate internet packages and data traffic. (Productivity is a determinant of SRAS...) You can argue that the problem is at a local level, but then why the need to repeal net neutrality RIGHT THIS SECOND before you solve those local issues? (Or look into the blatantly obvious fraud in the public comment system.) I completely understand the ISP viewpoint here, but we really shouldn't give them complete power over the entire Internet-dependent economy. Especially when there is essentially no invisible hand in place to correct the market. I can't think of another industry that everyone (individuals, firms, the government, etc) depends on as much as we do the Internet that isn't regulated like a public utility. And net neutrality is a far cry from actual utility-style regulation. As I said, if legitimate competition can be introduced to the market then my points are moot. But I don't see that ever happening. Tldr deregulation is great except when you're putting a massive economic growth medium on the line to protect the profits and growth of an industry that makes up a tiny slice of GDP compared to E-Commerce and digital services when there are plenty of alternatives to help out the ISPs available. And I have looked those numbers up before; it really is a small fraction.
  9. 2 points
    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/att-and-comcast-win-lawsuit-they-filed-to-stall-google-fiber-in-nashville/ But let's keep blaming local government, ja??
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    Someone at Sprint apparently knows it's my birthday, because it seems like they flipped a switch today and my phone is suddenly picking up at least two new band 41 sites in the Macon and Warner Robins area (one in each); there's probably more but I haven't noticed any obvious tower work so I had no reason to look to see if things were moving or not until today. Maybe I'll have time tomorrow afternoon to go poking around.
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    Because the ISPs are trying to find new forms of revenue as their TV business continues to bleed. If Comcast can slow down SlingTV or Vue to a crawl and give their own proprietary OTT video service full speed access, then it creates an unfair competitive advantage. If Verizon slows down Google in order to get people to use Yahoo, then it creates an unfair advantage. Also, 5G is still several years away...with or without permits. And even then, 5G won't cover every neighborhood. As long as ISPs have no competition, they should he heavily regulated.
  15. 2 points
    LOL I totally forgot I donated! I got the message and thought it was a mistake. (Granted it was two weeks ago..) So I checked PayPal, and sure enough, there it is. Man, I'm working too hard! Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  16. 2 points
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  17. 2 points
    It’s my best guess. You can actually do this on Sprint now to a degree. Sprint now offers an Unlimited Hotspot Data Plan for $50/Month. Streaming is limited to 480P (it would be nice to have an HD Add-on) but this is passable. If you want to show Comcast/Verizon and the others how you feel, close your wallet and walk away.
  18. 2 points
    What a douchebag/Troll!! Lawsuits incoming! https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-i-will-sue-stop-illegal-rollback-net-neutrality
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  21. 1 point
    I do not think that is a very good case to use to try and make your argument though. The one touch rule was ruled illegal and two, the rule was stupid to begin with. With how advanced fiber and cable networks are these days, who is going to just roll over and allow an outside company touch their network? No doubt, the true intention of taking this court was to slow down deployment of google fiber but they had a solid argument here and at the end of the day, it is just business as usual. Take up your competitors time and money and hope they go away.
  22. 1 point
    Update: It's a miracle! I don't know what I did, but it's been up with no disconnects now for over a day. I tried it without the router directly hooked into the modem overnight a couple nights ago to no avail. Then tried with a different router I had lying around, to no avail. Fed up, I hooked up my main router again, reset both sides of the airave, again, and left it. Now it finally is fully connected and hasn't dropped, that I can tell. I've never had so much difficulty in getting a piece of hardware running. Crossing fingers it stays this way. Now comes the task of placing it where I need to after I run new ethernet, and hoping I don't have the same problems again. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  23. 1 point
    I concur with you about scale and fixed cost. Government policies establish the guardrails for this equilibrium.
  24. 1 point
    Duopolies do have competition and does transfer welfare to the consumer. Look, the number efficient of players in a market is determined largely by returns to scale. The one thing the government can do to help a market have more competition and reach an efficient state is lower the fixed cost associated with regulations.
  25. 1 point
    Yup. This is the major problem. The process needs to be improved for fiber companies too. The reason why google had cities bid to bring google fiber to their town was because the regulatory cost would have been too high to make it worth it to them. Local government shouldn't be allowed to impose such burdens on infrastructure companies.
  26. 1 point
    Fixed 5G will not solve anything when the backhaul provider will charge you an arm and a leg and is the same provider whose ox you're goring by providing competition for his last mile fixed wired connection.
  27. 1 point
    I swear you're a troll, because I'm honestly in disbelief if you actually believe what you say. ISPs get more revenue by charging for faster service! Not based on what the service is used for. That's how the backbone providers work, and that's how the industry has always been priced, that's how data centers work. That's how Comcast, Verizon, etc pay for their own bandwidth at transit points to peers. ISP "packages" would be akin to the electric company wanting to charge me one price for electricity that goes to my Samsung TV, but a different price that goes to my Vizio TV or to my computer, despite them all using the same quantity of electricity. Thank God I can easily switch electric companies! . The entire concept is absurd, and in a properly functioning market it would be a complete non issue, since no ISP would be stupid enough to even attempt it. Except, we are not in a perfect, competitive market. We're in a monopolistic market, one that's government granted in many areas. A government granted monopoly comes in exchange for proper regulation. That's the only way the system works. I fail to see the regulatory burden that you claim net neutrality would impost on "startup ISPs". It's actually more work to maintain fast and slow lanes! Use QoS on a per customer and on a general, indiscriminate bandwidth level, based on the bandwidth they purchase. Just sell bandwidth at a certain price, and if you're not making money, then raise the price. Don't charge me one price for using 100GB for Netflix, someone else a different price for 100GB of YouTube, and another person a different price for backing up 100GB of files. Build capacity to handle the bandwidth that you sell to people. Plain and simple. And I'm not even going to get into all the money the ISPs took from the government to fund broadband expansion, which they then just pocketed and never fulfilled. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  28. 1 point
    You know that sarcastic counterpoint anti-net neutrality folks give? The one that goes "how did the internet ever work before 2015???" Well, now I ask you...how did ISPs ever make money before net neutrality issues even came up??? You know what's a good solution to all this? Sell data by the GB. Problem solved. Make the heaviest users pay for clogging their networks. You want to torrent TBs of data all day? Then pay for it. But you know why ISPs won't go down this route? It's because they see an opportunity to control and sell to us what we consume online. This isn't about making Netflix pay for a fast lane. This is about rounding up people and funneling them to as many services they can create. You think Verizon won't try to throttle Google services in order to frustrate people into giving Yahoo a try? You think Comcast won't purposely sabotage OTT services during peak hours in order to sway people into buying Xfinity TV? Or what about the next tech startup that competes with one of Charter's major shareholder's investments? They won't slow access to them? Why else do you think T-Mobile bought a video streaming service and Sprint bought into Tidal? ISPs aren't interested in selling services to you. They are interested in forcing services to you. It may not happen in the next 2-3 years, but we will eventually see ISPs "manage" their networks to give their services certain advantages. It's time to stop being naive.
  29. 1 point
    I drove thru Macon earlier this year. That area had 10x10B25 which is better than 5x5. If they are starting to add B41 on top of that, that is awesome.
  30. 1 point
    The reason this crap is getting so much push back is not because of the fear mongering, its the lack of any potential benefit to the consumer, but yet it's so easy to see how ISP's can screw us all. This reminds me of the phone app industries lust for microtransactions. Nickle and dime the consumer to death. Remind me how much consumers love microtransactions? I don't need to taste sh*t to know it will not be a pleasant experience.
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    Not solution, but protection. Consumer protection -- precisely because of the lack of last mile broadband Internet competition. AJ
  33. 1 point
    Yes, absolutely, it will. Bigly network investment. And to quote utiz4321, it also will build castles in the sky. Lots of them. AJ
  34. 1 point
    For the life of me I can't figure out how people were thinking net neutrality was going to solve a municipality granting exclusive rights to a single isp instead of having a open market. Sorry but that's the fault of your local governments.
  35. 1 point
    Sorry I can’t figure out how to edit on mobile. Uploaded some screenshots.. Lower download speeds however still shows 2X CA. Exact GPS location if anyone wants to check.
  36. 1 point
    Price ensures supply and capacity. That’s just what it is for anything. We’d like to think of the Internet infrastructure as limitless, but it’s not. It’s a limited resource like anything else. If something is too cheap, there won’t ever be enough of it and there won’t be enough of an incentive to produce it or supply it in quantity. Most conversations I’ve had about markets and supply/capacity starts with: “Why can’t we give everyone “X” for “Y”?” And ends with: “Why can’t we give everyone “X” for “Y”?” Things exist and are often better because people are willing to pay more. It also ensures adequate supply for them. This applies to mailing a letter. Pick your delivery time. There isn’t enough capacity to make all letters express next day and the cost structure can’t support it. However for the people that opt in, there’s enough supply/capacity. This applies to Sprint with its Ultra HD add-on for $10/Month. It’s there if you want it. There likely isn’t enough capacity to make all users Ultra HD, but there is for those expected number who opt-in for it. With enough competition, people ultimately get what they want for what they want to pay. People should have the option to pay to avoid cat video congestion if they’re working on mission critical work (in their minds at least) for example.
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    Vote.... or Run. Support people that want to improve and expedite the permitting process for Cell Sites. 5G Fixed Wireless will happen.... and sooner with supportive office holders.
  39. 1 point
    Yeah. Like that’s going to happen. Most of the local level governments are a part of the reason that most Americans don’t have multiple broadband options.
  40. 1 point
    Many areas don’t have competition when it comes to wireline ISPs. So they will have no one to respond to.
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    Here is the tag on the pole. No equipment on it yet. It just came up this evening, around 6 I'm told.
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    These things are going up and up in price. Enter today for a chance to win. Or re-enter and increase your chances of winning. Don't want one? Enter anyway and send to a retro gamer friend or family member. Or donate it back to S4GRU. Please help support S4GRU! We haven't made much money on this deal, yet. Please enter today! Robert
  44. 1 point
    I just received a call from essential, he put a request to the technical team regarding the issue with clearwire. Sent from my PH-1 using Tapatalk
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    I've got one. Thanks!! Until others join, you will have amazing odds.
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    These things are getting hard to get! Conventional retail outlets are sold out with no more inventory expected this year and the scalpers are already escalating prices on Ebay. This one is in hand and guaranteed. Haven't received one donation, yet! ENTER TODAY! Robert
  50. 1 point
    Ok, I'm a complete moron. A bit of searching on the Internet finds that the LTE timing advance value for TDD LTE is adjusted by the equivalent of ~20 microseconds, which works out to be about 3 km round-trip or ~1.5 km (just under 1 mile) one-way. So the reason I could never get within a mile of the site is because... I was already right on top of the site. Thus I can say the band 41 site is definitely the one on Moody Road at the intersection with Feagin Mill Road. It's the only one I've spotted so far around here, and seems like an odd choice since it doesn't seem to cover a lot of people - it is probably the closest one to the old protection site, so maybe that's why Sprint decided to upgrade it as opposed to one in a more critical location. As for indicating Mini Macros and Magic Box sites, I'm happy to add the necessary code if it can be done without adding too much extra clutter - although at some level if SCP already does it I'm not really sure duplication in my app is worthwhile.
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