Items tagged "Data Caps"

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PK In The Know Podcast: Comcast Data Caps, Tethering, and Craigslist

August 3, 2012 Comcast , Data Caps , FCC

On today’s podcast we discuss a petition to stop Comcast from exempting itself from its data cap, playing the long game to allow cell phone tethering, and Craigslist’s decision to sue people trying to make the site more user friendly.

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The FCC Must Prevent Comcast from Discriminating Against Online Video Competititors

August 1, 2012 Comcast , Data Caps , Future of Video

Today, Public Knowledge asked the FCC to address Comcast’s decision to exempt its own online video service from the data caps that it imposes on its subscribers.  Specifically, Public Knowledge filed a petition calling on the FCC to enforce the conditions that it imposed on the Comcast/NBC-Universal merger.

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Public Knowledge Defends Consumer Choice in “The Future Of Video” Hearing

June 29, 2012 Data Caps , VerizonSpectrumCo , Video Innovation

PK President and CEO Gigi Sohn was back on the Hill Wednesday morning, offering testimony before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on “The Future of Video.”

The panel featured seven other members, including representatives from the broadcast, cable, satellite, movie, internet and streaming industries. Specifically, that means Charlie Ergen of DISH Network, Robert Johnson of Sky Angel, David Hyman of Netflix, Jim Funk of Roku, David Barrett of Hearst Television, Michael O’Leary of the MPAA, and Michael Powell of the NCTA (and formerly of the FCC) all joined Gigi on the panel. Needless to say, it was a big panel.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Verizon Pricing, Music Mergers, and More

June 15, 2012 Competition , Data Caps , ITU

On today’s podcast we discuss what the new Verizon pricing plans tell us about the wireless industry and give quick updates on the UMG-EMI merger, 1201 hearings, and the ITU.

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Genachowski Ignores Harm Of His Data Cap Sentiments

May 24, 2012 Broadband , Data Caps

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.

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PK In The Know Podcast: TPP, Online Video, Special 301

May 11, 2012 Competition , Data Caps , Fair Use , Podcast , Special 301

On today’s podcast we discuss what’s going on with the TPP, online video and data caps, that Special 301 report, and a wrap-up of OH/DC and WFUD.

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Sony Delays Online Video Service Due to Comcast Data Cap

May 1, 2012 Comcast , Competition , Data Caps , MVPD

Data caps prevent online video offerings that compete with – and potentially replace – cable TV.  But don’t take our word for it.  Just ask Sony.

Last fall, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sony was planning an online video service – something like a virtual cable company.  For a fee, Sony would offer you a bunch of channels and deliver them over the internet.  This model is great because it allows new companies to offer TV content and compete with cable companies.  The only problem is that it relies on the fat broadband pipes that the cable companies control.

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Industry Tells Senate: Internet Video Is “Ready Now”

April 24, 2012 Competition , Data Caps , MVPD , Regulatory Reform , Video Innovation

Today’s Senate hearing on online video was interesting for a few reasons. The most important of these, to me, was that no one questioned whether the Internet was the future of video. It’s apparent to most observers by now that it is. Just a few years ago Mark Cuban was saying that online video at scale was economically and technologically impossible. He’s still defending his thesis but in the meantime the explosive growth of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and so forth has put lie to the claim that the Internet can’t support the amount of high-quality video people want to watch.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Comcast, TPP, 3D Printed Jewelry

April 6, 2012 Comcast , Competition , Data Caps , DMCA , Network Neutrality

On this week’s podcast we discuss Comcast’s brush with net neutrality, the TPP, a decision in Viacom v. YouTube, and the future of TV with Tomorrowvision.  We also explore the world of 3D printed jewelry with Susan Hinton of Owl Posse.

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Comcast Exempts Itself From Its Data Cap, Violates (at least the) Spirit of Net Neutrality

March 26, 2012 Comcast , Competition , Data Caps , FCC , Network Neutrality

Recently it came to light that when Comcast customers are able to stream Comcast Xfinity video to their Xbox360s, it will not count against their data cap.  This decision is a perfect example of the behavior that net neutrality rules were designed to prevent AND raised additional questions about the true motivation behind data caps.

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