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I have cable internet, but I do not have an email address from my internet provider... or maybe I do, but I never use it and don't remember ever setting one up.

People with unsecured networks could become victims of pirates and the cable companies, both.

My real question though is, why do the cable and telecom companies even care? AFAIK they earn nothing on the sale of movies or music or other entertainment sold over their pipe. From a purely capitalist Machiavellian view, if I were the cable company I would want MORE piracy, so that I could use that as leverage to extract payments from the likes of Apple iTunes and Netflix and the like. They sell the stuff and send it over my pipeline, I would want a cut. Wouldn't you?

Of course, as a consumer and patriot I believe these companies should lose their monopoly status. It is time to let the consumer choose, not congress or the FCC.

1 posted on 07/08/2011 10:20:50 AM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: monkeyshine
I'm stumped as to how they're actually going to detect if it's copyright content. Do they have a bit pattern for every bit of copyrighted data and they're going to comp all their traffic?

I expect this is simply window dressing and what they'll end up doing is flagging downloads from a handful of web sites. Otherwise it just doesn't seem doable to me.

2 posted on 07/08/2011 10:28:43 AM PDT by Proud_texan (Scare people enough and they'll do anything.)
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To: monkeyshine

99.9% of about everything in the world has something to do with money.


3 posted on 07/08/2011 10:31:34 AM PDT by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting and lying to me.)
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To: monkeyshine

Anybody notice the Internets are about twice as fast today. Coincidence?


4 posted on 07/08/2011 10:34:22 AM PDT by McGruff (Why do they fear her so?)
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To: monkeyshine

Anybody notice the Internets are about twice as fast today. Coincidence?


5 posted on 07/08/2011 10:37:51 AM PDT by McGruff (Why do they fear her so?)
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To: monkeyshine
My real question though is, why do the cable and telecom companies even care?

They care because they are going to be made legally liable.

6 posted on 07/08/2011 10:46:14 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: monkeyshine
I for see work arounds for this. I sympathize with anti-pirating, however the tactics they use are horrible. Sue anybody and everybody. When you buy stolen property, it has to be proven that you knew the property was stolen. When you download via torrent, how are you supposed to know what is stolen or not?
9 posted on 07/08/2011 12:43:38 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: monkeyshine
My real question though is, why do the cable and telecom companies even care?

That's simple - they want you and I to get our movies and TV shows through them, not through any other means, illegal or otherwise. Bandwidth is ridiculously cheap, the various TV tiers are not as cheap and they can charge a lot more if they can tie you to their TV services. As a matter of fact, they don't even like iTunes or Netflix, they think you should not only be paying for internet access, but that you should also be paying them to use the Netflix or iTunes. Basically you would be paying three fees - one to the ISPs for internet access, one to the ISPs for using Netflix or iTunes, and one to Netflix or Apple for iTunes.

Of course, as a consumer and patriot I believe these companies should lose their monopoly status. It is time to let the consumer choose, not congress or the FCC.

Don't forget that not only are they granted government-sanctioned monopolies, but in some cases have received a lot of taxpayer money or given special breaks to build out their networks through grants, tax breaks, etc.

I agree with you completely - it pisses me off every time I hear them talking about ridiculous bandwidth caps and I look around and all of them are doing it and all of them are charging nearly the same prices.

Time to let the free market decide and time to end these government-sanctioned monopolies.
13 posted on 07/08/2011 7:08:20 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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