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  • Google, NBC Bring Dumb Cable TV Blackout Feuds To Streaming

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    egftechman ( profile ), 01 Oct, 2021 @ 09:38am

    Local NBC Station

    Would all NBC affiliates be removed from YTTV or just the owned and operated ones?

  • FCC's Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On 'Big Tech'

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    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2021 @ 02:40pm

    Re: Re: 'Free' means 'not paid for THREE times' aparently, who k

    or put another way...ATT customers losing access to Youtube will hurt ATT more than it will Youtube.

  • FCC's Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On 'Big Tech'

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    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2021 @ 02:38pm

    Re: 'Free' means 'not paid for THREE times' aparently, who knew?

    When you make a unicast IP connection across the Internet, both endpoints are paying bandwidth at their end. No one is getting free bandwidth.

    Like I pointed out before, when you get electricity (or gas or water), you only pay the company making your connection, it is their responsibility to pay for the generation and transmission along the way. You don't hear electric transmission utilities complain that large users are getting a free ride on their wires....

    If AT&T thinks they are getting unfair deal, they need to renegotiate their peering agreements with the other carriers - but they know that the other carriers will then want more for AT&T traffic carried on their networks also.

  • FCC's Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On 'Big Tech'

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    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2021 @ 02:21pm

    Re: Lets hold the telcos accountable for all tax money given to

    Retrospect...
    I remember in the early 2000's I help a couple of people setup a wireless link so a farmer could get Internet from a friend in the City who had "fast" DSL at the time (the 750kbps throughput wireless link was much faster than the 28.8K or 14.4K the rural phone line could do at that time for dialup) ....

    Now we're at the point I want to build the system for the reverse reason. I want to get the connectivity the rural farmers are getting.

  • FCC's Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On 'Big Tech'

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    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2021 @ 02:08pm

    Lets hold the telcos accountable for all tax money given to them

    The telcos have been getting government handouts since the 1990s to bring broadband everywhere. First they were supposed to migrate to ISDN (late 1980s), but that never happened. Then they got money to migrate from copper to fiber in the 1990s, but decided instead of do DSL on top of 50+ year old copper instead. They have received numerous "broadband expansion" program dollars since, and really no significant improvements.

    The telco coops and small ma/pa operations in small towns around us used their grant dollars to actually replace their systems and all have had fiber to the premise for a decade now, most have retired their copper plants. They also have built dedicated facilities to major peering points like micemn.net , so their service is good throughout. People in farms miles outside of town get 1G/1G service for less than $100 a month. Here in the "hub" city of the area (largest city in the county), CenturyLink can only deliver 1.5Mbs DSL (for $40/month! - and their copper plant is literally rotting away, take a tech a good day to find good pairs to the CO now) and Midco can only do Docsis at like 200M/20M (like $150/month) to typical residential customers. What did CentruyLink (and its predecessors Qwest and USWest) do with all the tax money they've received over the decades to expand/improve their service?

  • FCC's Carr Still Pushing A Dumb Telecom Tax On 'Big Tech'

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    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2021 @ 08:49am

    Who's getting a free ride?

    I really don't think anyone is getting a free ride. Even large companies that don't have their own infrastructure are paying for their bandwidth at their interconnection points. Smaller businesses and individuals are paying service fees to access the Internet. ..

    What happens behind the connection is the carrier's responsibility, not the end customer's..I pay my electric utility a connection fee plus the cost of energy used (sometimes demand, based on customer class). I don't need to make agreements with the all the electric transmission and generation providers, my local distribution utility does that with the fees I pay them. (Yes I know VERY large customers play the power market themselves)..

  • AT&T CFO Wants A Cookie For Screwing Up The Time Warner, DirecTV Mergers

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    egftechman ( profile ), 12 Aug, 2021 @ 11:26am

    Re: Re: Re: Fastest way to wreak a business....

    But I am sick of top executives getting over the top pay because of the "risk and responsibilities" of their positions, but also get a golden parachute if they are fired, which basically nullifies the reason they supposedly get over the top pay to begin with....

  • AT&T CFO Wants A Cookie For Screwing Up The Time Warner, DirecTV Mergers

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    egftechman ( profile ), 12 Aug, 2021 @ 11:20am

    Re: Re: Fastest way to wreak a business....

    Go to a MBA mill school, have no idea about industry you're in, but convince the board you have "business savy" because of the three letters, write a contract with a golden parachute, profit...

  • AT&T CFO Wants A Cookie For Screwing Up The Time Warner, DirecTV Mergers

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    egftechman ( profile ), 12 Aug, 2021 @ 06:56am

    Fastest way to wreak a business....

    Fastest way to wreak a business is to put MBAs in charge.

  • FCC Blocks Elon Musk From Getting Millions In Subsidies For Delivering Broadband To Traffic Medians

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    egftechman ( profile ), 05 Aug, 2021 @ 01:37pm

    Traffic medians are full of communications

    Between traffic signal sync and remote monitoring, traffic cameras, RWIS stations, traffic counters, speed sensors, changeable message signs, etc. there is a lot of data flowing in modern highway right of ways.

  • LA Court Abusing Copyright Law To Take Down (Unauthorized) Recording Of Britney Spears Hearing

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    egftechman ( profile ), 02 Jul, 2021 @ 08:10am

    Was the gallery open to the public?

    Any court session where the gallery is open to the public should have recordings publicly available and those recordings should be public domain and freely available (none of this supporting a private company you have to BUY records from)...Smaller jurisdictions without much funding can still make them available by uploading them to places like archive.org ...

  • Elon Musk's 'Next-Gen' Broadband Service Is Overheating In The Arizona Desert

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    egftechman ( profile ), 21 Jun, 2021 @ 07:51am

    Re: Heat and energy dissipation

    I live in northern MN, and keeping equipment working at -30F can be a challenge also. Many times you have to add heaters to cabinets.

  • Elon Musk's 'Next-Gen' Broadband Service Is Overheating In The Arizona Desert

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    egftechman ( profile ), 21 Jun, 2021 @ 07:48am

    Welcome to beta testing...

    Users realize the service is still in beta, correct? Beta testing is for finding issues like this. I hope their engineers will start testing at these temperatures and see if they can up the shutdown limit in firmware, or use wider temperature range components in future revisions, or increase heat dissipation in future revisions.

  • Most Used Electric Car Buyers Have No Way To Confirm Vehicle Battery Health

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    egftechman ( profile ), 11 Jun, 2021 @ 06:59am

    Batter "odometer"

    Maybe there should be a non-resetable dual register KWh meter on the batteries showing total KWh in and out of the batteries so one gets an idea of how many charge/discharge cycles they have been through.

  • Biden Cuts $35 Billion From New Broadband Plan To Appease The GOP

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    egftechman ( profile ), 25 May, 2021 @ 08:22am

    Debate and Compromise

    The system works on debate and compromise. This is a compromise made this time. Politics works when everyone leaves the room unhappy :-) This does show the need for a third major, moderate party to emerge and upset the partisan bickering...Libertarians and Greens traditionally are not moderate, but if they were included in major candidate debates now, we might find they are center (or at least the ones that will focus on policy and not taking down the "other" party) and the Ds & Rs are the extremes.

  • Elon Musk Makes It Clear Starlink Won't Have The Capacity To Disrupt U.S. Broadband

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    egftechman ( profile ), 19 May, 2021 @ 02:49pm

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    Lucky to get 1Mbps from Century Link DSL here in my town NW MN, about 60 miles N of Fargo, 100 miles S of Winnipeg. I think they've essentially abandoned there copper plant and have not replaced it with anything else yet. Broadband grants should have never been allowed to be used on 50+ year old lines (i.e. DSL overlay instead of building out fiber in the 1990s-2000s).

  • Roku Users Lose Access To YouTube TV As Dumb Contract Fights Shift From Cable TV To Streaming

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    egftechman ( profile ), 03 May, 2021 @ 09:33am

    Re: AV1

    Chromecast with Google TV is selling in the same price range, supposedly with AV1 codec support.

  • The Pillow Dude's 'Free Speech' Social Media Website Will Moderate 'Swear Words' Because Of Course It Will

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    egftechman ( profile ), 15 Apr, 2021 @ 01:46pm

    Re:

    He has talked about moving to South Dakota before...
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/us/south-dakota-meth.html

  • The Pillow Dude's 'Free Speech' Social Media Website Will Moderate 'Swear Words' Because Of Course It Will

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    egftechman ( profile ), 15 Apr, 2021 @ 01:44pm

    Re:

    Ahh...Thanks..Looks like it has a cloudflare front on it.

  • The Pillow Dude's 'Free Speech' Social Media Website Will Moderate 'Swear Words' Because Of Course It Will

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    egftechman ( profile ), 15 Apr, 2021 @ 12:17pm

    Is it live yet?

    It's been over two weeks from the announcement...Is this "revolutionary" platform up and running yet? Doing a search for VOCL on 4 major search engines just finds news articles about it, but no site. I'm going to call vaporware on this one. With his history with the FTC he needs to be careful...

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