Comcast again chooses to side with the devilFebruary 28, 2008
No, no no. Ddog thinks I hate Comcast because they built their new headquarters directly in my line of sight so I can no longer see the nicer-looking One Liberty building from my deck.
Or because when I signed up for cable in my new house, I didn’t have a choice of providers so I signed up with Comcast. They didn’t show up the day they had promised (1 vacation day wasted).
Or their stance on a la carte programming.
Yes, Comcast DOES employ many of my fellow Philadelphians. Heck, they even hired my buddy Ashton fresh from his bicycle courier job and he’s now a bigwig with the company making high six figures.
What bothers me is that Comcast is like Microsoft or George W. Bush. Pick any random issue of the day. Chances are, you and I are on ONE side of that issue, probably the same side. Comcast and the rest of the evil empire? Nine times out of 10 they’ll be gunning for the other side. Every time.
Their new scheme? Opposition to Net Neutrality. Read about it here.
In a nutshell, we consumers and Internet surfers go online and assume we’ll be able to access any Web site we want. That’s the way it’s been since inception, and that’s what’s driven innovation, democratic participation, and free speech online. If it wasn’t for the open ‘net, companies like Yahoo, Google, Amazon, eBay etc. probably wouldn’t have had a chance.
What Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and other corporate providers want to do is become gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won’t load at all. They want to discriminate in favor of sites who have paid them off while slowing down or blocking their competitors. Don’t believe me? Here are some quotes from their CEOs.
So what kind of hijinks are they up to today? According to today’s Inquirer, Comcast has admitted to paying people to take up seats at a public FCC hearing in order to crowd out supporters of net neutrality.
Like the millions they spend on lobbyists isn’t enough- now they have to erode the democratic process further.
About 35 people – mostly men dressed in jeans and baseball caps and one in a camouflage jacket – were parked in the first three rows of the auditorium drinking coffee and reading the Boston Globe, she said.
They were “regular Joes” who looked like they could have come from Dunkin’ Donuts, Bracy said. She was surprised to find them there several hours before the late-morning event. “I thought, great, we’re reaching out to new communities.”
But Bracy’s suspicions of the Internet activists grew when none of them appeared to know about wireless Internet capabilities and two in the front row fell asleep during the hearing.
Comcast’s strategy is basically censorship, putting their own interests before the public good. Fuckers.
The good news? It looks like congress and the FCC are on our side since a bipartisan (yes, a Repub. on my side!) committee introduced the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act” on Feb. 12. It still hasn’t passed, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to contact your congressman.
Also, big names in the high tech sector are behind Net Neutrality, including Amazon, Earthlink, eBay, Facebook, Skype, and Microsoft. (Microsoft? well, they’re still evil, considering this week’s antitrust fine they had to pay in Europe… but that’s another story)
What can you do?
1. Sign the SavetheInternet petition.
2. Dump Comcast and go with Earthlink and Dish, or just get a rooftop tv antenna.
3.Every time you drive by the Comcast Building flip the bird and yell “EFF YOU COMCAST!”