Category Archives: Internet Culture

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wants to kill the FCC, network neutrality, & municipal broadband

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UPDATE: The Hill reports that the Republican run House, in a vote of 223-200, has approved Rep. Blackburn’s proposed fcc gutting amendment. It would still need Senate approval to become law, and will most likely be vetoed by the president still. Even so House Republicans are using this as a knife to kill network neutrality and any sort of protective regulatory actions for the internet now with a threat of possible government shutdown if they don’t get this bill passed.

The non-profit Washington, D.C.-based public digital citizen freedoms interest group Public Knowledge is rallying its supporters after learning that an amendment to the house version of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill will try to block funding of FCC network neutrality rules. Congressional House representative Marsha Blackburn is trying to add an amendment to H.R. 5016, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.  The amendment would block the FCC from allowing  community broadband networks build out.  In several states and municipalities lobbyists for the telecom industry have even made municipal community broadband options illegal. Continue reading

Overly Attached Comcast Won’t Let You Go

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At Comcast, you are not just an undervalued customer – you are also an indenture servant, and you will answer any question they have if you try to leave them. Ryan Block, former editor-in-chief of AOL’s Engadget before he co-founded the community site GDGT, posted online his recorded voice call with Comcast trying to explain to them they wanted to cancel. Comcast though decided that going Overly Attached Girlfriend was a good idea. After the jump here is 8 minutes of a 20 minute phone call tug of war with Block trying to cancel Comcast with a rep who just can’t take the hint, he just isn’t that in to them.

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Lost Director’s Cut of Jim Henson’s and Frank Oz’s The Dark Crystal comes to life via piracy and fan devotion.

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The Dark Crystal has always been Jim Henson’s creepiest movie, but when it was finally released it was considerably toned down from his and Frank Oz’s original vision. YouTube user scoodidabop has spent years re-editing the film, using Henson’s original notes and various deleted scenes to create a far creepier movie than what you remember.

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Former telecom lobbyist, now FCC Chairman, proves Big Telecom wants toll lanes on internet to block competitive services and innovation.

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This could be death to an all bits are equal internet, or as it is commonly called Network Neutrality. The newly anointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler; a former lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries, announced this week that it would be OK for Internet service providers to charge Netflix and other companies for a faster lane to consumers.

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