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Old 05-05-2019, 12:33 AM   #106
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Because I can't prove a negative, it can be only time that may possibly prove me right on this; so I must post again as time passes.

My regular reminders will also remind everyone to post any violations they find.
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:00 PM   #107
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Its good nothing has happend...... Its surprising though seeing how greedy US companies are,you think they would have jumped right on it!!
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:19 PM   #108
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It put another arrow in their quiver.
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Old 05-09-2019, 02:53 AM   #109
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Yes I suppose it did!!!
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:25 AM   #110
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If AT&T cut off YouTube for the hell of it, then sure, we could switch to Spectrum internet instead. But what happens when AT&T negotiates an exclusivity contract that says the other guys can't have YouTube?
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Holy shit, new answer: I hadn't been following this, but there will be 2200 low-orbit satellites up by 2024. Test launch of the first 60 is Wednesday! (Elon Musk expects it to fail so they can learn from it.)

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reveals radical Starlink redesign for 60-satellite launch
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:13 PM   #111
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In a couple of years they won't be able to launch Falcon-9 or any rocket without hitting some of this crap orbiting Earth.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:05 PM   #112
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From Consumer Reports:
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Cord cutters are buying antennas to save money by cutting their monthly pay-TV services—and they’re doing it in large numbers. Consumer research from Parks Associates shows that the percentage of U.S. broadband households that use digital antennas in their home has steadily increased, reaching 20 percent by the end of 2017, up from 16 percent in early 2015.
So why are Comcast profits increasing when number of customers is decreasing? Harm to net neutrality has increases profits of the duopolies. Consumers typically only have two choices for internet service. So internet prices have slowly increased. And profits from internet services has increased significantly thanks to less free market competition.

Comcast had 22 million customers in 2018. Down from 24 million in 2016. And now down to 21.8 million in 2019. So profits should be dropping. Nope. Harm to net neutrality and the resulting increase in prices as well as now changing the content providers have caused profits from their internet business to increase by 10% to 4.4 billion. Did profits increase because they provided better service or more innovation? Nope. As net neutrality is undermined, then the duopoly (ie Comcast) realize increased profits.

Just another example of why harm to free market competition is bad for consumers; good for the corporate elites.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:01 PM   #113
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"free market competition is bad for consumers; good for the corporate elites"

A free market is good for everyone: too bad we don't have one (and can't have one as long as state capitalism chokes out free enterprise).
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:30 PM   #114
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So why are Comcast profits increasing when number of customers is decreasing?
Maybe because, during the quarter, for the first time, Comcast added the profits of the Sky network to their financial statements?

no! that couldn't be it! they made money from some kind of net neutrality thing that nobody has reported on and I can't exactly explain because I don't understand it!!
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:23 PM   #115
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Maybe because, ...
Wrong again, as usual.
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:02 PM   #116
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Maybe because people upgraded their speed and routers to get HD Netflix and HBO Go?
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:11 PM   #117
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Maybe because people upgraded their speed and routers to get HD Netflix and HBO Go?
Or as accurately predicted, quashing net neutrality is eliminating free market choices, entrenching the duopoly, and is sticking consumers with constantly increasing prices. In free markets, prices remain same as electronics gets faster. It is what business school graduates never grasp - innovation means a resulting drop of costs. Net neutrality and resulting free market competition is necessary to have/promote/encourage innovation.

Why are so many ending their TV cable contracts? It has become too expensive as rates continue to rise due to no competition (while company expenses decrease). Consumers (and data providers) have no internet choice. Comcast et al is now charging higher at both ends. Both prices and profits increase every year.

Their profits so massive and increasing as to even buy movie studios, NBC TV network, satellite services, mobile phone companies, the tallest skyscrapers, etc. All trophies to increased consumer costs while destruction of net neutrality also means less competition - decreasing free market choices that increase profits.

Consumers, who once had tens of choices that cost less, now have only two choices that cost significantly more. Even data providers are now being charged to contribute to those obscene profit margins.

Extremists in the Republican party have ordered us to believe net neutrality is evil - destroyed free market competition. Many who listen and recite their propaganda machine repeat that lie.

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Old 05-18-2019, 06:30 PM   #118
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quashing net neutrality is eliminating free market choices
Wow, that's moving the goalposts to another stadium! How does it do that, exactly?
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