Posts by Art Brodsky:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island is a Democratic torch-bearer. He is a stalwart progressive, a reliable vote for an economic agenda aimed at helping people. But at the recent Netroots Nation, it was what he didn’t talk about that was more important.
It’s hard to believe these days, but there was once upon a time when TV executives didn’t mind consumers taking control over TV sets. There were no lawsuits, like the ones recently filed by the TV networks against Dish for its new commercial-skipping DVR. (A court has ruled for Dish in a preliminary part of the case.)
This is what NBC said in its complaint against Dish in its May 24 lawsuit: “The U.S. broadcast networks cannot provide the news, sports and entertainment programming they have historically created and offered if the revenue-generating ads are systematically blotted out on an unauthorized basis by distributors like DISH.” Keep those words in mind.
There probably was no great need for Comcast to raise the usage caps on its broadband service, as it did last week from 250 gigabytes (GB) to 300 GB per month. If the company thought for an instant that the modest increase bought it any good will from its theoretical regulators, it needn’t have bothered.
You have to hand it to the Dutch. On one hand, they crack down on their biggest tourist attraction – the ability of tourists to toke up legally in the famous cannabis cafes. That’s a big business over there and of course there are protests developing, mellow ones with lots of hungry people involved, to be sure.
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