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(The Verge)   ESPN joins Google and Verizon in calling for internet to be run like your cable company   (theverge.com) divider line 25
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2013-05-10 10:09:07 AM
FTA" ESPN has approached at least one major carrier about excluding its sports videos from mobile data caps ... The report notes the possibility of ESPN paying the carrier as a subsidy so that users can watch videos without fear of hitting any limits  "
So ESPN is going to raise the price on their insider. I can't see them doing this for the good of the people who watch their video's
 
2013-05-10 10:09:27 AM
If we follow ESPN's model, the internet will be all about playing poker.
 
2013-05-10 10:10:04 AM
Will we also get a free subscription to ESPN Magazine?
 
2013-05-10 10:17:49 AM
Is it getting close to the time when the government will step in and declare broadband access a public utility yet?  I'm starting to think that's the only real way out of this mess.
 
2013-05-10 10:21:53 AM

Driedsponge: Is it getting close to the time when the government will step in and declare broadband access a public utility yet?  I'm starting to think that's the only real way out of this mess.


Are you out of your mind? Do you think the Verizon, ATT and Comcast lobbyists get paid to let this ever remotely get close to happening?

The only way it gets thought of by any US elected official is if it some how gets one of them butt hurt.  As for us littles, we're just here to vote and legitimize their power and riches.
 
2013-05-10 10:30:40 AM

InfrasonicTom: Driedsponge: Is it getting close to the time when the government will step in and declare broadband access a public utility yet?  I'm starting to think that's the only real way out of this mess.

Are you out of your mind? Do you think the Verizon, ATT and Comcast lobbyists get paid to let this ever remotely get close to happening?

The only way it gets thought of by any US elected official is if it some how gets one of them butt hurt.  As for us littles, we're just here to vote and legitimize their power and riches.


I didn't say it would happen, I just wish it would.
 
2013-05-10 10:34:36 AM
Hmmm, interesting.  I actually didn't expect ESPN to go this route.

Wonder how many other networks will go for this that are not part of NBC/Comcast.
 
2013-05-10 10:34:39 AM
So... the handful of channels I wanna watch are on the next tier package, while I have access to over 400 channels I don't? Some of which I am personally opposed to and yet are getting some amount of money from my subscription package.
 
2013-05-10 10:35:52 AM

InfrasonicTom: Driedsponge: Is it getting close to the time when the government will step in and declare broadband access a public utility yet?  I'm starting to think that's the only real way out of this mess.

Are you out of your mind? Do you think the Verizon, ATT and Comcast lobbyists get paid to let this ever remotely get close to happening?


Not if Google, Sony and Microsoft actually outpay both ATT and Comcast to make it happen.
 
2013-05-10 10:38:04 AM
Yeah, because everyone loves their cable companies..
 
2013-05-10 10:40:01 AM

Rwa2play: InfrasonicTom: Driedsponge: Is it getting close to the time when the government will step in and declare broadband access a public utility yet?  I'm starting to think that's the only real way out of this mess.

Are you out of your mind? Do you think the Verizon, ATT and Comcast lobbyists get paid to let this ever remotely get close to happening?

Not if Google, Sony and Microsoft actually outpay both ATT and Comcast to make it happen.


Try using youtube if you have FIOS.  Apparently Google isn't paying enough to Verizon so half the time you watch a video it plays about 10 seconds, stops, buffering buffering buffering...

Netflix is being a little biatch to Verizon's "protection" money scheme (you know, it would be a shame if people couldn't get your videos...) so their video streams don't have this problem.
 
2013-05-10 10:40:22 AM
Wouldn't any such deal just prove that mobile data caps have nothing to do with bandwidth limits and are all about increasing profit?
 
2013-05-10 10:42:01 AM

InfrasonicTom: Rwa2play: InfrasonicTom: Driedsponge: Is it getting close to the time when the government will step in and declare broadband access a public utility yet?  I'm starting to think that's the only real way out of this mess.

Are you out of your mind? Do you think the Verizon, ATT and Comcast lobbyists get paid to let this ever remotely get close to happening?

Not if Google, Sony and Microsoft actually outpay both ATT and Comcast to make it happen.

Try using youtube if you have FIOS.  Apparently Google isn't paying enough to Verizon so half the time you watch a video it plays about 10 seconds, stops, buffering buffering buffering...

Netflix is being a little biatch to Verizon's "protection" money scheme (you know, it would be a shame if people couldn't get your videos...) so their video streams don't have this problem.


Try this and see if it fixes your youtube problem:
 
2013-05-10 10:47:25 AM

Carth: InfrasonicTom: Rwa2play: InfrasonicTom: Driedsponge: Is it getting close to the time when the government will step in and declare broadband access a public utility yet?  I'm starting to think that's the only real way out of this mess.

Are you out of your mind? Do you think the Verizon, ATT and Comcast lobbyists get paid to let this ever remotely get close to happening?

Not if Google, Sony and Microsoft actually outpay both ATT and Comcast to make it happen.

Try using youtube if you have FIOS.  Apparently Google isn't paying enough to Verizon so half the time you watch a video it plays about 10 seconds, stops, buffering buffering buffering...

Netflix is being a little biatch to Verizon's "protection" money scheme (you know, it would be a shame if people couldn't get your videos...) so their video streams don't have this problem.

Try this and see if it fixes your youtube problem:


I'll give that a go again.  I did try the firewall fix in the past.  It worked for a while, then went back to being crap.
 
2013-05-10 10:47:41 AM

InfrasonicTom: Rwa2play: InfrasonicTom: Driedsponge: Is it getting close to the time when the government will step in and declare broadband access a public utility yet?  I'm starting to think that's the only real way out of this mess.

Are you out of your mind? Do you think the Verizon, ATT and Comcast lobbyists get paid to let this ever remotely get close to happening?

Not if Google, Sony and Microsoft actually outpay both ATT and Comcast to make it happen.

Try using youtube if you have FIOS.  Apparently Google isn't paying enough to Verizon so half the time you watch a video it plays about 10 seconds, stops, buffering buffering buffering...

Netflix is being a little biatch to Verizon's "protection" money scheme (you know, it would be a shame if people couldn't get your videos...) so their video streams don't have this problem.


Here's the thing:  if the government declares broadband as a public utility, Google's own broadband service now has an "in".  If Sony (Hello, PS4) and Microsoft (Hello, XBOX 3.0) team up with Google....begun, the broadband wars, have.

Then again I could be very wrong about all this. ..
 
2013-05-10 10:56:05 AM
 
2013-05-10 11:10:55 AM
Government subsidies: SOZILISM!
Private industry subsidies: yay!  Now I can watch my [insert sport]
 
2013-05-10 11:26:56 AM
I'm surprised ESPN doesn't try and go the other way. Force Verizon et al to pay them for the privilege of having ESPN on their mobile network. It's why telecoms aren't pushing net neutrality as hard as they used to. Google and Facebook would turn around and charge the telecoms, instead of the other way around (which is what they initially thought of when they pushed it).
 
2013-05-10 11:29:34 AM
I don't see why there's an asinine tag.
 
2013-05-10 11:52:10 AM

Trocadero: I'm surprised ESPN doesn't try and go the other way. Force Verizon et al to pay them for the privilege of having ESPN on their mobile network. It's why telecoms aren't pushing net neutrality as hard as they used to. Google and Facebook would turn around and charge the telecoms, instead of the other way around (which is what they initially thought of when they pushed it).


I guess ESPN wants all the viewers it can get in order to increase advertiser revenue plus maybe even look like a champion to the people from a PR stand point?
 
2013-05-10 12:23:19 PM

InfrasonicTom: Try using youtube if you have FIOS




Youtube is dead for me at home.
 
2013-05-10 01:35:45 PM

Trocadero: I'm surprised ESPN doesn't try and go the other way. Force Verizon et al to pay them for the privilege of having ESPN on their mobile network. It's why telecoms aren't pushing against net neutrality as hard as they used to. Google and Facebook would turn around and charge the telecoms, instead of the other way around (which is what they initially thought of when they pushed it).


FTFY.
 
2013-05-10 05:40:50 PM

doczoidberg: I don't see why there's an asinine tag.


Imagine a gas station chain could sell gas for as little as they wanted. What would happen is the richest gas station chain would sell gas for practically nothing to bankrupt its competitors. Once the competitors died, it'd jack up the price through the roof because they'd have a monopoly. That's effectively what ESPN is trying to do here.
 
2013-05-10 07:27:18 PM
I was generally hoping cable companies would start to be more like the Internet. Going the other way sounds dumb.
 
2013-05-10 07:56:39 PM

InfrasonicTom: Driedsponge: Is it getting close to the time when the government will step in and declare broadband access a public utility yet?  I'm starting to think that's the only real way out of this mess.

Are you out of your mind? Do you think the Verizon, ATT and Comcast lobbyists get paid to let this ever remotely get close to happening?

The only way it gets thought of by any US elected official is if it some how gets one of them butt hurt.  As for us littles, we're just here to vote and legitimize their power and riches.


My city MADE broadband a public utility.  Slime-Warner responded by buying enough state legislators to make sure nobody else could do it.
 
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