24 Nov 2014Why Cord-cutters Should Care About Net Neutrality - Yahoo Finance
Why Net Neutrality Matters In extremely simplified terms, failure to preserve net neutrality as policy would be similar to giving larger corporations a version of Disney Worlds controversial Fast Pass. Larger companies will obviously be able to pay for faster Internet delivery to the consumer, while smaller sites will be delivered at a slower rate, and startups will have to feed off the scraps. Lets say for instance that Apple decides that it wants to build its own version of Netflix (its funny to think of Netflix as a scrappy underdog, but next to Apple, it certainly would be). Using its mountains of money and existing entertainment industry connections, Apple could build a streaming library that is appealing, develop original programming and put its famous marketing muscle behind it. In addition to all of those advantages, in a world without net neutrality, Apple could also pay your ISP for faster delivery. Given the choice between the fast and crisp Apple experience and Netflix streaming video that feels like dial-up circa 1996, you will choose Apple, and Netflix would wither away. And in that environment it is almost impossible to imagine a startup succeeding against these stacked odds. Related: A Startup Youve Never Heard of Is Changing the Internet More problematic would be the situation in which your ISP itself decides to become a player. Lets say Comcast (to pick any easy villain) notices the declining subscriber base to its core product and an increase in Internet bandwidth to streaming services. One potential action it could take would be to simply make itself a competitor and ensure that you get its video service at lightning speed while companies such as Netflix or Amazon Prime are throttled. As part of its 2011 deal to buy NBCUniversal, Comcast agreed to abide by the FCCs previous net neutrality rules through 2018, but its not completely clear yet what will happen after that. Another, more likely, scenario would be for the ISP to simply shift the cost from its cable package to its Internet service (an inevitable situation that net neutrality policy wouldnt really stop).
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REMINDER: Canadian Achievements in Health Research & Innovation Honoured at Rx&D Health Research Foundation Awards Ceremony - Yahoo Finance
This was the biggest third quarter decline ever, according to Leichtman. Many people, though, are staying put. Comcast ( CMCSA ), the largest cable company, ended the quarter with 22.4 million customers, while top satellite operator DirecTV ( DTV ) had 20.2 million. "The reality is that the pace of cord-cutting remains a drip, drip, drip," said Moffett, a senior research analyst at MoffettNathanson, a research firm, in an interview. "It's not the torrent that has been projected." To be sure, people aren't enamored with the pay TV industry, which has ranked at or near the bottom of the American Customer Service Index for years. Comcast, in particular , has gotten pilloried for customer service mishaps. Critics of the company have raised this issue with regulators as they review its planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable ( TWC ). Millennials not only are dropping their cable service at higher numbers but many aren't even signing up in the first place, becoming what the industry calls "cord nevers." According to data from nScreenMedia, 19 percent of millennials don't have pay TV and a whopping 98 percent of those say they have no intention of getting it. That explains why pay TV subscriptions fell for the first time in 2013. "Raised in the interactive media landscape of the web, the passive environment of television is just not that interesting to them," according to NScreenMedia. But that doesn't tell the whole story.
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Has the "cord-cutter" threat to pay TV been exaggerated? - CBS News
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Shooting victims live with bullets to survive, thrive | TribLIVE
aThey say, aYou can't leave that in me.' Then we explain the risk of removing it and they accept it.a Doctors left the bullet in Jeff Smith because retrieving it would require cutting open his chest cavity. Smith doesn't care. He might carry the bullet for life, but at least he lived. The three Pittsburgh police officers who were fatally shot April 5, 2009, in Stanton Heights weren't as lucky, Smith said. aI got to come home,a he said. aPaul Sciullo, Stephen Mayhle and Eric Kelly didn't get to come home. And now their families are missing them.a aI know it's there' Dom Costa, a trained police negotiator, figured he was 20 to 30 minutes from talking the gunman into surrender. In a heartbeat, everything changed. The suspected drug dealer police had chased into a house in Homewood pulled a gun from his waistband and fired. aThe first bullet went past my earlobe,a Costa said.
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