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[ NNSquad ] New York Times: Net Neutrality and Economic Equality Are Intertwined

Net Neutrality and Economic Equality Are Intertwined

http://j.mp/Jyv0xe  (New York Times)

    "If I watch last night's 'S.N.L.' episode on my Xbox through the Hulu
    app, it eats up about one gigabyte of my cap, but if I watch that same
    episode through the Xfinity Xbox app, it doesn't use up my cap at
    all," Mr. Hastings wrote on his Facebook page. "In what way is this
    neutral?" Comcast argues that its Xfinity move is not subject to the
    Federal Communications Commission's neutrality rules because the video
    travels exclusively on its network and not on the public Internet.

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I will note that Comcast's excuse is -- in my opinion -- specious,
since they alone determine how much of their total cable bandwidth
they devote to "outside" Internet access services, how much those
cost, where arbitrary bandwidth caps are set, and so on. All without
any effective regulatory oversight whatsoever. This is *exactly* the
anticompetitive scenario that many of us have been warning about for

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
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Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
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