[PLUG-TALK] Netflix neutrality

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Mon Mar 2 08:41:10 PST 2015

On Mon, 2 Mar 2015, Keith Lofstrom wrote:

> The airlines are a common carrier.

   Recently read that the common carrier concept was created in 1930 so that
folks using one telephone system (e.g, in Vernal, UT) could talk to folks
using another telephone system (e.g., in Urbana, IL). This in the days when
connections were made manually using patch cords on walls of sockets.

> What Hollywood and Netflix are asking for, and what the politicians want
> to give them, is displacing millions of purses so they can move thousands
> of cars. Netflix wants to feed impulsive customers who demand instant
> gratification. Hollywood doesn't want you to have a stored copy (like this
> email you are reading) on your computer hard drive, just a few buffered
> frames in your RAM. This is an expensive abuse of a limited-bandwidth
> packet network designed for different purposes.

   Are you aware of Fight for the Future (www.fightforthefuture.org)? This is
an established nonprofit organization whose mission is "to expand the
Internet's power for good." Don't know their stand on the movie streaming
issue but they coordinated a flood of consumer e-mails to the FCC on the
issue of net neutrality. They may be ahead of you on this issue.



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