Brian Conrad

Software Development and More.

I like Mark Cuban's movies but...

I seem to watch a lot of movies that Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Films and Magnet distribute. His company is a venue for movies that would be playing art houses if they hadn’t disappeared from the landscape. However I feel his is a little off in his concern about the proposed FCC rules regardling Net Neutrality.

Wealth apparently has it’s priviledges as he apparently has been able to review the 332 pages of rules the FCC wants to pass. Yeah, the ones we the public aren’t allowed to see. Go to http://www.fcc.gov and see if you can find those rules.

And I suspect Comcast pays Mark well to show his movies there. Cuban says, “Net neutrality is just a demonization of big companies”. Not that big companies haven’t worked hard to earn being demonized.

I think most of us wanted the Internet to pretty much be kept the way it is now which is “open”. We don’t want our telecoms to throttle our streaming services or pick who is elite enough to be displayed to us.

I would think the latter should wrankle many small businesses across the US because if you had to pay extra so customers could view the menu at your restaurant or what services your remodeling service offers. And that would not be good.

We also don’t like to be nickel and dimed for every little service offered. It’s like the wrong people run the telecoms and like they are great grandsons of snake oil salesmen that hawked their wares across the western frontier. So I can see regulating them like a public utility. They’ve already displayed excessive arrogance. And they will definitely spare no expense at trying to convince the public that regulation will not be good. They’ll make PT Barnum very proud.

Maintaining a free and open Internet is going to be a tough challenge, especially since many politicians and big business folks don’t like our ability to criticize them via the venue.

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