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Brooklyn, NY
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS

tough talk on one end, advertising on the other..

Verizon needs to talk a tougher game, but in reality their own advertising materials indicate possible uses for 15, 25, 35, 50 megabit tiered broadband services. Ie, download a "DVD" in X amount of minutes or music or upload X amount of photos, etc. Verizon knows ALOT of it's broadband subscribership is NOT going to be utilizing the service for 100% legal use. The corporate interests still need to balance that with actually HAVING a customer base-- so in practical terms they will mostly go after those who are the "worst of the worst"... which the riaa & mpaa will have to settle for as a win-win, since these so-called consumers use the *MOST* bandwidth anyhow making the service much less profitable for the ISP..

The not 100% legal use of the internet is a primary reason for the kind of demand for services which got VERY GREEDY corporations to put aside self interests and provide what consumers want. The entertainment industry for decades created a protectionist ideology about it's content, licensing and fought against technologies that enabled consumers to control & copy content. When you get down to the core issues at hand.. the entertainment industry wants what alot of other industries want.. the manipulation of a democracy into another form of government to protect it's interests (as you can imagine, that's really not pro consumer or anything resembling social justice). Now maybe, just maybe some legislators will wake up to what is happening and tell these special interests what they can go do with a broken glass bottle.

If verizon wants to get to 40% market share where it now has FIOS deployed (FIOS-READY), guess which side will win out?



The United States has been moving toward a European model of governance for a while. The current Admin. is merely escalating the cause. So this news about Verizon isn't surprising. Ironically Europeans are actually voting and moving slightly toward a more American system, or perhaps an ancient Greek system.

My biggest concern is the unfettered and unchecked power that Verizon gives both the RIAA and MPAA. Whether justified or not in their piracy causes, these corporate associations have already demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the law.

Allegedly the reporting process itself is said to be secret, therefore, the RIAA and MPAA can make accusations about any broadband subscriber. And since the process is not transparent, the subscriber would have little means to protect themselves. The content provider would receive autonomy and impunity not only over regulating their content, but could even infringe on basic rights, including those of communication.

So again, the importance of proper checks and balances and transparency in this process is the real issue. Too bad Washington lobbyists would never allow such a debate to see the light of day. I could easily see other publishing lobbyists pushing for the same type of authority.