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FCC "Fastlane" Rule
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Posted 4/23/14

The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers.

The rules are also likely to eventually raise prices as the likes of Disney and Netflix pass on to customers whatever they pay for the speedier lanes, which are the digital equivalent of an uncongested car pool lane on a busy freeway.

Consumer groups immediately attacked the proposal, saying that not only would costs rise, but also that big, rich companies with the money to pay large fees to Internet service providers would be favored over small start-ups with innovative business models — stifling the birth of the next Facebook or Twitter.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/technology/fcc-new-net-neutrality-rules.html

Seems like this is unstoppable at this point. How do you envision this will affect sites like our beloved Crunchyroll? Higher subscription prices? More ad's? Less anime choices? No changes at all?
Posted 4/23/14
The FCC was founded by a hypocritical bunch of stuffed suits who spend their days mutually masturbating to lolicon behind closed doors.
Posted 4/23/14 , edited 4/23/14
Are you surprised? The head of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, is a former lobbyist for the very people he's now suppose to regulate. When he leaves office I am sure their is a nice high paying job for waiting him.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/04/washingtons-revolving-door-cellular-lobby-and-fcc-have-traded-leaders/
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Posted 4/23/14
From what I understand about it, Crunchyroll would have problems with larger services that stream anime as well - like Netflix. That's assuming of course that Crunchyroll itself would not pay to be in the fast lane. Unlike other streaming services however, Crunchyroll distributes other anime-related products, so hopefully it wouldn't need the income DIRECTLY from us. I don't know enough about Crunchyroll's business model to do anything other than speculate.
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Posted 4/23/14

phogan wrote:

Are you surprised? The head of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, is a former lobbyist for the very people he's now suppose to regulate. When he leaves office I am sure their is a nice high paying job for waiting him.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/04/washingtons-revolving-door-cellular-lobby-and-fcc-have-traded-leaders/


Not surprised in the least actually. Next were going to see Ronald McDonald in charge of the FDA.
Posted 4/23/14
Welcome to America. Everything is great so don't look too hard.
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Posted 4/24/14
dont get me started. the FCC is to blame for a lot of stuff.
rumor has it internet speed is much greater in eruope, kinda makes sence, what with competition and all.
there is not much competition in the USA anymore. look at the cellfones.

i better stop be fore i really start ranting. this is why i dont read new anymore. it pisses me off.
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Posted 4/24/14
The FCC song from Family Guy sums up my thoughts.
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Posted 4/24/14
The government is supposed to prevent this sort of thing, not encourage it. Oh well.
Posted 4/24/14 , edited 4/24/14

nemoskull wrote:

dont get me started. the FCC is to blame for a lot of stuff.
rumor has it internet speed is much greater in eruope, kinda makes sence, what with competition and all.
there is not much competition in the USA anymore. look at the cellfones.

i better stop be fore i really start ranting. this is why i dont read new anymore. it pisses me off.


Not wanting to go off topic for too long but it isn't a rumor. Forbes ranked the average internet speeds by country for 2013 and USA only came in at #8. The Czech Republic, Netherlands, Switzerland, Latvia, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea all ranked higher. (They are in order from #7 to #1 as well.)

Bloombergs ratings differ a bit with the top 20. USA comes in at 13th with Bulgaria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Taiwan, Latvia, Romania, Israel, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong beating us.
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Posted 4/24/14
I just read Netflix is going to raise the costs to new customers soon, I wonder if this has anything to do with it.
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Posted 4/24/14

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I just read Netflix is going to raise the costs to new customers soon, I wonder if this has anything to do with it.


It has everything to do with it.
Posted 4/24/14 , edited 4/24/14
Between the regulatory capture at the FCC etc and the Supreme Court equating money with speech we have the best government money can buy. Which is great if you're a large corporation or a very wealthy individual, not so great if you are an average person.
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Posted 4/24/14 , edited 4/24/14
In the not too distant future I think we're going to be looking back at this time right now and calling it the "Golden Age" of the internet.

I really hope Crunchyroll has a sustainable business model under these new measures. I would sincerely hate to see them get gobbled up by Netflix, Amazon or some other deep pockets streaming content provider. Or worse, just close up shop because there was no way to be profitable.
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Posted 4/24/14
Those who are wealthy and greedy are unethical and immoral. I say, those who are consumed by greed, can one day be consumed by the fires of hell.

For real. Just think of how much suffering has been caused by wealthy, greedy people.
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