04-24-2014, 05:48 PM
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Re: Internet only for wealthy soon?
Don't mess with Comcast
In 2013, the company spent $18.8 million on federal lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than all but six other corporations. The company is also a major donor, making nearly $5.5 million in federal political contributions during the 2012 cycle.
Recipients of Comcast’s largess include President Obama and Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation in Washington, a veritable Comcast caucus. In 2011, Pennsylvania’s two senators, Patrick J. Toomey, a Republican, and Robert P. Casey Jr., a Democrat, scolded the Federal Communications Commission for taking too long to vote on Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal: “The American people,” they wrote, “have waited for more than a year for the benefits of this transaction to come to fruition.” The two have now joined hands across the aisle to back the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. And the F.C.C.’s new move to weaken the principle of net neutrality suggests that, once again, Comcast’s wishes will be granted.
Just pay the toll if you want to do business
Netflix's decision to pay Comcast for a direct connection to the Comcast network has resulted in significantly better video streaming performance for customers of the nation's largest broadband provider.
Netflix has bemoaned the payment, asking the government to prevent Comcast from demanding such interconnection "tolls."... Average Netflix performance for Comcast subscribers rose from 1.51Mbps to 1.68Mbps from January to February, though the interconnection didn't begin until late February. In data released today, Netflix said average performance on Comcast has now risen further to 2.5Mbps, a 65 percent increase since January.
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