You know that viral picture that shows ISP internet bundles being sold as cable packages?
That’s basically what’s happening here, except it’s more difficult to stop because, as the FCC might say, there’s "no obvious consumer harm" in giving people free stuff. This scheme is called "zero rating," and people like Susan Crawford have been warning us for a while about the risk it poses for the open internet.
Owners 21st Century Fox, Disney and Comcast/NBC have worked hard to ensure the service is never too interesting -- lest it cannibalize the company's legacy cable TV cash cow.
So Hulu has been doomed to walk the halls of almost but not quite compelling purgatory, a rotating crop of execs for years trying to skirt the line between giving consumers what they actually want -- and being a glorified ad for traditional cable television.
Despite having a population of only 104 in 2005, the village has drawn attention for its unusual place name in the English-speaking world.
Its road signs are a popular visitor attraction, and they were often stolen by souvenir-hunting tourists until 2005, when the signs were modified to be theft-resistant.
The only reason Binge On and Music Freedom sound like such a great pro-consumer deal is because the top four mobile ISPs — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — have manufactured a market based completely on artificial scarcity.
For years ISPs have clamored about a mobile data crunch that never materialized to justify data caps and outrageous prices, and wouldn’t you know it, now they have the solution.Last year I took a break from activism, to work on my website, quit smoking, and get in some sort of shape. In the evening I wouldÂ curl up with my laptop and watch hours of TV shows to relax. Yet, I’m glad I’m not the TV addict I was in my teens.So much time wasted watching stupid shit, fills me with regret.Then I caught myself “holy fuckin shit, it is happening again” All this to say, that the promise of the personal computer / mobile phone the internet, as tools of two way, global communications, free information, blah-fuckin-blah, have become the new passive one way mass hypnotizer that TV once was, sedating billions with non-reality, while the fuckers up top laugh all the way to the bank.