(another rambling rant, last for today, I am more whipped than usual*)
Didja ever notice that car companies are not also oil and gasoline sellers? You see no "chevy quikee marts" or "ford gas, beer and butts"? The reason for this is simple, it would lead to severe monopoly abuse to the consumer.
But, we have the same situation with ISPs and now them being content providers as well, or wanting to be. Why is this even allowed? Comcast has billions in spare change to try and buy more content, then they ship it to you on their cable lines. When it was JUST that...well..sorta all right I guess, but now they are an ISP as well, as much as anything else. The same with ATT and "triple play" service. And the telcos locking down their phones and charging "extra" for this or that, the functionality that was there in the first place, again, why is this allowed?
We should have a clear delineation between the pipes, and stuff that goes through the pipes, (wired and wireless pipes, all of them) and companies should not be allowed to be both. Either be an ISP
Comcast has billion$ in spare change to go buy more content according to the newz, and dozen$ to upgrade their infrastructure. Same with all of them. But cable franchises are just horrid, they really take the prize there because in most areas they have been granted local monopoly positions as well. I remember WAY back in the day going to the local commission hearing on the first proposed cable provider in our area. They've been lying since day one. First lie was "you'll be paying for the content directly, so there will be no commercials in the shows". Really, I heard that from some cable doofus at the hearing. How long did that last?
Cellphones and web browsing, no, I don't want to buy ringtones from you, or the sportscores, or pay you for stock tickers or the latest hollywood gossip. And no, you already get paid twice for your bandwith anyway, you don't need a third tier of premiums because of such lame claims as "google is riding on our backs and not paying us!". Sorry, google pays for their bandwith, we searchers on google pay for ours, if two payments, one from each end ain't enough..you're doing something wrong, or just being greedy, or both. No, I don't want to subscribe to soap opera daily, thanks. No, I think you throttling some VOIP is restraint of trade..... whoops, incoming text, BRB..'
Anyway, outtabealaw. Content provider, or dumb pipe, pick one as your business. And no more local monopolies.
*been repairing rather extensive flood damage from last saturday's downpour that wiped out a lot of fencing and a big cross creek barricade thing I built from scratch last summer. As luck would have it, we had one of those once in a generation rains that flashflooded our creek here, many feet above any other previous high water mark I have ever seen. Boss said he has seen it come close to that just twice in his 30 years here, but not near this bad. Just inundated fences on both sides of the creek, plus the barricade, with logs and mud and junk, smashed them flat. What...fun.... It's been a tiresome week digging that crap out and salvaging and repairing. Getting close to being finished though, maybe three -four more days and I'll be done.
I *did* get interesting "marine salvage" though (not counting a lot of just pure trash, like big truck tires in the middle of the field, a lot of old cans and plastic bottles, a busted plastic file cabinet, all sorts of oddball stuff, etc), found a fully functional BMX bike, still quite good after washing the mud off. No idea where it started out at, but I found it jammed half way down the creek from the road, No, no reports of lost kids either, but I did ride the thing a little, musta been a teenager owned it because it fits me OK, seat height and everything.