Misleading Arguments Against Net Neutrality Abound

Via Techdirt:

… anybody that actually cares about net neutrality should support the simplest and easiest way to protect consumers, startups and small businesses moving forward: keep the existing rules intact.

Comcast’s argument that gutting existing net neutrality rules will help members of protected classes is totally disingenuous. The best way to protect consumers and the open internet across the board is to leave the existing rules intact. Comcast has only its best interests in mind, not those of their customers or any other consumers.

Comcast continues to whine about net neutrality

Via Ars Technica:

Comcast’s claims about network investment clash with what ISPs have told their own investors; even Comcast’s chief financial officer downplayed Title II’s effect on investment in December 2016.

This is, of course, nonsense as the article goes on to explain. Comcast and so many of the other players in the net neutrality argument appear to either miss or intentionally bury the point: in the absence of competition, consumers and the open internet need net neutrality protections. Failing that, customers need dramatically more choice in selecting an ISP.

Comcast would love to gut those protections, double dip by charging competitors for access to its network before then passing those costs on to its reluctant customers. If Comcast is frustrated at losing revenue to new competitors it should make products people actually want to use and that compete rather than focusing on strong arming regulatory bodies intended to protect consumers from exactly this kind of behavior.

Senate push for encryption legislation falters

Via Reuters:

Draft legislation that Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Intelligence Committee, had circulated weeks ago likely will not be introduced this year and, even if it were, would stand no chance of advancing, the sources said.

Fantastic news. This bill (and the push behind it) was ill-conceived at best and would have caused untold damage were it to pass.

Google's new obsession with your photos »

The Ringer:

Sergey Brin says that Google wants to be the third half of your brain,” [Pedro] Domingos says. “But now think about it: Do you really want the third half of your brain to make a living by showing you ads? I don’t.

GOP advances plan for ring-free voicemail spam »

Recode:

The GOP’s leading campaign and fundraising arm, the Republican National Committee, has quietly thrown its support behind a proposal at the Federal Communications Commission that would pave the way for marketers to auto-dial consumers’ cellphones and leave them prerecorded voicemail messages — all without ever causing their devices to ring.

It’s like a U2 album release — but for annoying political crap.