Newly anointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said this week that it would be OK for Internet service providers to charge Netflix and other companies for a faster lane to consumers.
Wheeler’s stance is surprising given that it appears to contradict the FCC’s Open Internet Order, passed under his predecessor in 2010. That order, which sets out the country’s network neutrality rules, says that fixed broadband providers may not “unreasonably discriminate” against any type of traffic. The order specifically calls out pay-for-play arrangements as being potential violations.
"[B]roadband providers that sought to offer pay-for-priority services would have an incentive to limit the quality of service provided to non-prioritized traffic," the rules state. “For a number of reasons… a commercial arrangement between a broadband provider and a third party to directly or indirectly favor some traffic over other traffic in the broadband Internet access service connection to a subscriber of the broadband provider (i.e. ‘pay for priority’) would raise significant cause for concern. … [A]s a general matter, it is unlikely that pay for priority would satisfy the ‘no unreasonable discrimination’ standard.”
The Open Internet Order is being challenged in court by Verizon. A Verizon win would let ISPs block content or charge providers for a faster lane to customers. But the rule is still in place, at least until the US Court of Appeals makes a decision.
This is a pretty big deal, and potentially a very bad thing for broadband customers.
What does it say that most broadband providers are also cable television providers (or are FiOS TV providers), and that these broadband providers want to charge extra for applications like Netflix and Hulu to to use their networks?
It sounds a lot to me like they are trying to exert control over content delivery methods, along with finding a way to milk every cent possible out of their customers.
Second, Tom Wheeler is a disgustingly obvious industry shill and has no business as chair of the FCC.
The prison-industrial complex is so out of control that private prisons have the sheer audacity to order states to keep beds full or face their wrath with stiff financial penalties, according to reports. Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more.
With the ability to sue it gives the private company a lever to pull. What does that lever do? It encourages Judges, police, DA’s to go all out, throw the book. Problem with the arrest, no worries he’s a good cop, probably just had a bad day, we’ll let that slide. DA didn’t show up, throw the…..ah he probably had too much to drink let’s give him another chance. Hey Judge how did you afford that new pool?
"Paying high tax rates doesn’t stifle job creation at the country’s biggest, most profitable companies and low tax rates seem to be more correlated with job losses, according to a new report from the Center for Effective Government."
11 year old Madison Root is finding out the hard way that big government always impedes economic growth. She wants to sell bundles of mistletoe over the holidays in order to raise money so she can get braces for her teeth, but the City of Portland shut her down for not having a business license.
Here’s video of the local news report:
She’s hoping to raise money to chip in for her braces. The dentist says they’ll cost $4,800.
"I felt like I could help my dad with the money," she said.
Madison and her dad bagged up the mistletoe and started selling them next to the Skidmore Fountain in Downtown Portland on Saturday morning.
That’s also where the Portland Saturday Market holds its weekly venue.
A private security guard asked Madison to stop selling because city ordinance bans commerce like that without proper approval.
"I wouldn’t think I’d have any problems because people are asking for money, people are selling stuff, this is a public place," said Madison.
And she’s right — to a point.
In fact, we saw people protesting, hold signs, playing music, and begging all over the area on Sunday morning as well.
The Saturday Market is incredibly diverse.
You can buy whistles, order crepes and sign a marijuana petition all without walking more than ten steps.
But you can’t open a business without going through the market’s formal application process. The market sets rules for vendors which Madison agrees make sense.
Begging is different.
That’s a form of free speech, protected under the First Amendment, explains Mark Ross, spokesman for the Portland Parks Bureau, which manages the city park and rents it to the Saturday Market.
The guard, hired by the market from a private security firm, told Madison she could sell her products on city sidewalk outside the park’s boundaries or simply ask people for donations for her braces.
"I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg," said Madison.
"It’s crazy. People can get money for pot. But I can’t get money for braces. I’m working for this! They’re just sitting down on their butts all day asking for pot."
There’s a fine liberal policy for you: you can’t work hard and earn money without the state’s approval, but you can beg instead. You’ll find this kind of absurd statist policy at every level of government.
I’ve got some more bad news for you Madison: the Obamacare medical device tax is going to make your braces even more expensive. That’s big government: it’ll get you ever time.
Hate to tell you that sometimes rules look silly and do tangle up the innocent. Off course we could allow Toothpaste made with industrial abrasives and Childrens toys with lead paint if we didn’t have these pesky rules that can be used on a slow news day.
Hey let’s just go ahead and allow any one at all to peddle their wares on the sidewalk. Then everyone will be saying “government you have to do something about all these merchants on the street. Plus all the trash they leave and they just piss wherever they want since there aren’t any restrooms. Its just gross.”
You know people instead of thinking about the poor little girl, look at the big picture.
Especially in urban areas, the waiting list for affordable housing can be a year or more. During that time, poor families either have to make do with substandard or dangerous housing, depend on the hospitality of relatives, or go homeless. (Source: New York Times)
2. Try to make $133 worth of food last a whole month. That’s how much the average food stamp recipient gets each month. Imagine trying to eat well on $4.38 per day. It’s not easy, which is why many impoverished families resort to #3… (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
3. Subsist on poor quality food. Not because they want to, but because they can’t afford high-quality, nutritious food. They’re trapped in a food system that subsidizes processed foods, making them artificially cheaper than natural food sources. So the poor are forced to eat bad food — if they’re lucky, that is… (Sources: Washington Post; Journal of Nutrition, March 2008)
4. Skip a meal. One in six Americans are food insecure. Which means (among other things) that they’re sometimes forced to go without eating. (Sources: World Vision, US Department of Agriculture)
5. Work longer and harder than most of us. While it’s popular to think people are poor because they’re lazy (which seems to be the whole point of Ramsey’s post), the poor actually work longer and harder than the rest of us. More than 80 percent of impoverished children have at least one parent who works; 60 percent have at least one parent who works full-time. Overall, the poor work longer hours than the so-called “job creators.” (Source: Poverty and Learning, April 2008)
6. Go to bed 3 hours before their first job starts. Number 15 on Ramsey and Corley’s list was, “44% of [the] wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of [the] poor.” It may be true that most poor people don’t wake up three hours before work starts. But that could be because they’re more likely to work multiple jobs, in which case job #1 means they’re probably just getting to bed three hours before job #2 starts. (Source: Poverty and Learning, April 2008)
7. Try to avoid getting beat up by someone they love. According to some estimates, half of all homeless women in America ran away to escape domestic violence. (Source: National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009)
9. Pay more than their fair share of taxes. Some conservative pundits and politicians like to think the poor don’t pay their fair share, that they are merely “takers.” While it’s true the poor don’t pay as much in federal income tax — usually because they don’t earn enough to qualify — they do pay sales tax, payroll tax, etc. In fact, the bottom 20% of earners pay TWICE as much in taxes (as a share of their income) as do the top 1%. (Source: Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, January 2013)
10. Fall further behind. Even when poverty is the result of poor decision-making, often it’s someone else’s choices that make the difference. If you experience poverty as a child, you are 3-4 times less likely to graduate high school. If you spend your entire childhood in poverty, you are 5 times less likely to graduate. Which means your future has been all but decided for you. (Sources: World Vision, Children’s Defense Fund, Annie E. Casey Foundation)
11. Raise kids who will be poor. A child’s future earnings are closely correlated to their parents’ earnings. In other words, economic mobility — the idea that you can claw your way out of poverty if you just try hard enough is, more often than not, a myth. (Sources: OECD, Economic Policy Institute)
12. Vote less. And who can blame them? I would be less inclined to vote if I didn’t have easy access to the polls and if I were subjected to draconian voter ID laws that are sold to the public as necessary to suppress nonexistent voter fraud. (Source: The Center for Voting and Democracy)
13. When they do vote… vote pretty much the same as the rest of us. Following their defeat in 2012, conservatives took solace by reasoning that they’d lost to a bunch of “takers,” including the poor, who voted for Democrats because they want free handouts from big government. The reality is a bit more complex. Only a third of low-income voters identify as Democrats, about the same for all Americans, including wealthy voters. (Sources: NPR, Pew Research Center)
15. Live shorter lives. There is a 10-14 year gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor. In recent years, poor people’s life expectancy has actually declined — in America, the wealthiest nation on the planet. (Source: Health Affairs, 2012)
16. Use drugs and alcohol pretty much the same as (or less than) everyone else. Despite the common picture of inner city crack houses, drug use is pretty evenly spread across income groups. And rich people actually abuse alcohol more than the poor. (Source: Poverty and Learning, April 2008)
17. Receive less in subsidized benefits than corporations. The US government spends around $60 billion on public housing and rental subsidies for low-income families, compared to more than $90 billion on corporate subsidies. Oil companies alone get around $70 billion. And that’s not counting the nearly $60 billion a year in tax breaks corporations enjoy by sheltering profits offshore. Or the $700 billion bailout banks got in 2008. (Source: Think By Numbers)
18. Get themselves off welfare as soon as possible. Despite the odds, the vast majority of beneficiaries leave the welfare rolls within five years. Even in the absence of official welfare-to-work programming, most welfare recipients enroll in some form of vocational training. Why? Because they’re desperate to get off welfare. (Source: US Department of Health and Human Services)
19. Have about the same number of children as everyone else. No, poor people do not have loads of children just so they can stay on welfare. (Source: US Department of Health and Human Services)
20. Accomplish one single goal: stay alive. Poverty in America may not be as dire as poverty in other parts of the world, but many working poor families are nonetheless preoccupied with day-to-day survival. For them, life is not something to be enjoyed so much as endured.
Here you go folks some myth breaking for you. I know some of you won’t believe it because of the way your brain is wired but I’ll reblog this so every time you bring it up I can just link back to my Tumblr blog and say “Wrong!”
Wait a minute…hold on…. they turned down a FREE website and went with a 1 BILLION DOLLAR ONE INSTEAD?! GOD DAMNIT I HATE THIS GOVERNMENT!
Please get the entire story, anything with the name Issa, needs to be researched:
“CGI was one of 16 companies that had been qualified by HHS during President George W. Bush’s second term to deliver, without public competition, a variety of hardware, software and communication products and services.
The multiple awards were in the form of “task orders” for projects of widely varying size. Over the life of the CGI contract — which expires in 2017 — the IT firm can receive awards worth anywhere from the “$1,000 to $4 billion,” according to a contracting document provided by CGI to the Washington Examiner.”
Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut. Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance. CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there was ever a public solicitation for building Healthcare.gov, the backbone of Obamacareâs problem-plagued web portal. Instead, it appears they used what amounts to a federal procurement system loophole to award the work to the Canadian firm.
Befor Issa once again gets free rein to spread his poison, find out why the the Company ot the job to design the Internet Interface. I’ll give you a clue, A TEN YEAR contract by the BUSH ADMINISTRATION in 2007.
I knew there was a reason just didn’t know what it was. Seemed odd to not have competitive bidding. So George W gave some nice cushy contracts to some folks that allows them to avoid bidding. Nice
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called “alarmist” for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote “in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media” — controlling almost all of America’s newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market.
In 2004, Bagdikian’s revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations — Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) — now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric’s NBC is a close sixth.
Republicans controlling the House oppose a drive by Democrats to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for the long-term unemployed, a senior GOP lawmaker said Tuesday.
“I don’t see much appetite on our side for continuing this extension of benefits,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. “I just don’t.”
If that story sounds familiar, it ought to, since Republicans have fought the renewal of extensions of the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program every time it’s been brought up in the past four years.
Nothing better than getting that news for the Holidays. Need to scramble to change your gift list from “I want a Job and to be able to meet my minimum needs” to “I want a ride to that asshole republicans house so I can have a place to sleep”.
Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America…
Regurgitating the tired argument that God is attacking us for our NOW “Immoral” practices. I guess it is alright to kill, disposes, and enslave, but don’t you dare love a person that is not the opposite sex and same Race.
Ben Stein is an idiot. I can’t believe people are actually making an excuse for “God”. Screw that I want God to tell me why he let Katrina happen, why there is still war and has been since before his son came into this world. How about starving children? This benevolent being you say is a little miffed because of separation of church and state so he’s backed off and let innocent children die? I submit to you folks that if there is a God then he is a lot like the humans here, mean, nasty, vindictive, uncaring, and unthinking.
Maybe there isn’t a God and nature combined with humans just make a mess of things.
The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. The states chose to expand the program also were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were relatively free from the problems the federal site had. Vermont decided to take it a step further by setting up their very own single payer system.
The slogan of the program: Everybody in, nobody out.
The program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes. In exchange, there will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit. Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.
They estimate this will end up saving Vermont 25% per capita over the current system, in addition to preventing some proportion of the 45,000 preventable deaths that occur annually in the US due to the inability to afford treatment.
“So that’s the deeper history, the real context of what Rush [Limbaugh] is tapping into when he gins up race-based fears among his white audience members. As they’ve done since slave times, the rich, white elite pits the economically vulnerable whites against blacks (Limbaugh talked about “minorities” above, although other times he got more specific in pitting whites against blacks) to distract them from the fact that the elites are screwing all of them over. And too many fall for this ruse, this talk of of race war designed to distract from the real war in America—the class warfare being waged from the top.”—Ian Reifowitz, "Rush Limbaugh and the Long, Sordid History of Pitting Whites Against Blacks In America" (via holygoddamnshitballs)
In this video a young man is sitting in his car when he tells the police officer asking him questions to “shut up.” What happens next is a cookie cutter case of power trip brutality caused by the cop escalating violence to unneeded levels. The man was not resisting in the least, yet this cop proceeds to pummel him with his night stick and then pepper sprays him.
It is unclear what exactly caused the cop to detain this individual but it is not at all unclear as to who escalated the situation to violence.
The most important website last weekend and in weeks to come — on which the hopes and fears of countless Americans are focused (and the President’s poll-ratings depend) – is not HealthCare.gov. It’s Amazon.com.
Even if and when HealthCare.gov works perfectly, relatively few Americans will be…
“Limbaugh is right. Somebody did get to Pope Francis. It was Jesus. Self-styled “defenders of Christianity,” like Palin and Limbaugh, peddle a profoundly unhistorical view of Jesus. Indeed, if you listened to those on the far right you would think that all Jesus ever spoke about was guns and gays.”—
Even though both liberals and conservatives alike had a tendency to rationalize their views … conservatives created a new reality essentially in all four of these areas in order to square their thought process. The conservative movement by and large suffers from this; another term for this is cognitive dissonance. For whatever reason – the brains of conservatives just make stuff up in order to justify their support for two conflicting beliefs.
Conservatives are against “socialism” but love Medicare. They hate Obamacare but nominated a guy who created the model for Obamacare. They’re against abortion but don’t want to teach kids about condoms. They don’t like Wall Street but want fewer regulations. The list goes on. And that’s why people search for the news that reassures them that they are correct instead of simply searching for the truth; cognitive dissonance is the reason that Fox News is profitable.
This is why even when you give them facts the right wingers don’t, can’t believe you. They can’t even critically think anymore. It’s really sad to see.
We’ll be seeing lots more data like these, but the White House Council of Economic Advisers is reporting that the government shutdown took a huge bite out of economic growth—and that the impact will linger.
Great analysis by LA Times’ Economy Reporter Michael Hiltzik.
And, of course the GOP knew it would do this. With Obama in the White House and the economy still in it’s long term recovery, their best hope of retaking the Senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016 was to throw a bar into the heart of our economic engine. The shutdown hurt everyone whether they know it or not, often stopping farmers from starting projects and businesses from upgrading their infrastructure, but next year the GOP will be back chortling about free markets saving the economic engine of our nation when that’s been shown to be bunk.
We must not forget or ignore this and we can’t let them lie their way through the elections to come or block people from voting. If we do they will continue to sit on the economy until they can get a trifecta like they had with George W Bush and get on with their infernal war games in the service of the business, political, and international interests to whom they can sell our young people as fodder and ourselves as fools who can watching savings and security taken away and handed to their cronies and contributors.
This post (except for the indented part) has been commentary. Read Hiltzik’s excellent report by clicking on link embedded in title above. The chart at the LAT is worth the read and shows instantly what happened. I don’t want to insult the copyright gods and put it on this page, but it’s shocking to see.
Picture above of failed motel business modified using Windows Snipping Tool and used via Creative Commons License Attribution (CC by 2.0) thanks to Flickr user Ross Griff who has no connection to this blog or blogger.