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Comment: Same Thing Almost Happened to Me (Score 5, Informative) 485

Before I bought my house, I went down to the Comcast office to confirm that I would be able to get broadband there. Multiple people told me yes, but I still wanted to speak to a manger, just to be sure. And they did assure me, over and over again. So I bought the house, moved in, and then they finally told me it wasn't available yet.

Since I was doing software consulting from home, at the time, I made it clear to them that I wasn't going to move there if I couldn't get it. I ended up going over a year before they decided to turn it on (the wiring was all there, it was a new development). It really hurt my business, at the time. I'm still bitter about it to this day. I couldn't have been any more thorough in checking before moving in. They are absolutely incompetent.

Comment: It would make money more influential, not less. (Score 1) 1087

by Maltheus (#49296933) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

People who have enough of an opinion to vote aren't going to be swayed by ads nearly as much as those, who had no interest in voting in the first place. These are the types of people who will more likely vote for the most familiar brand name.

If anything, we should be going in the other direction. If you can't name the vice president, or you don't know which party controls the senate, you should lose your right to vote, until you do. We need better informed voters, not less informed.

Comment: Re:How will this affect peering agreements? (Score 1) 379

by Maltheus (#48982827) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

Yeah, it looks like they didn't exactly allow the netflix's servers in their data centers, but they are establishing a direct connection to those data centers as part of a paid deal.

Since they can't do that with everybody, I'm assuming they'll have to stop doing this for Netflix and we go back to lower quality/slower buffering times.

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