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Comment: Just do SOMETHING (Score 4, Interesting) 190

by Brennan Pratt (#47257057) Attached to: U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes
The Republican bill that would remove ISPs from FCC regulation would allow states to regulate. It would make rent seeking a lot more difficult for ISPs. This bill would do the obvious thing that the Fourth Branch has failed to do. It's a sign that the FCC is entirely pointless if Congress has to order it to do every little thing. This wouldn't address the paid prioritization problem, but seems like it would give consumers more rights against ISPs in re traffic shaping, etc.

Comment: Well... (Score 0) 343

by Brennan Pratt (#47138571) Attached to: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot
Of course, the free market will reward whoever has the best.... Haahahahaha! Aww, I made myself sad. :( How about this, the FCC puts out a quality survey that assesses quality based on dropped packets. This very public assessment of the companies might sufficiently shame them into upgrading. Also, companies with congested networks should be treated differently at the regulatory level. If we ever get into regulating cable leases, those providers with congested networks get to charge their leasees only 80% of cost.

Comment: Re: Well... (Score 0) 493

by Brennan Pratt (#47124355) Attached to: Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration
Can we firmly establish responsibility when there's an outbreak of whooping cough? Can someone subpeona medical records en-masse to determine who didn't get a shot and file civil damages against them? Because if we aren't going to have a registry, that other thing needs to be possible. If my kid died of whooping cough because some fuckwit listened to Jim Carrey's looney wife, I'd want as many pounds of flesh from that fuck as possible. How else would you discourage that behavior if they're convinced the health of their children isn't at risk?

"Never ascribe to malice that which is caused by greed and ignorance." -- Cal Keegan